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Association between obesity and asthma in 4–11 year old children in the UK
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  • Published on:
    Obesity is associated with respiratory problems, not necessarily asthma - Author's response
    • Other Contributors:
      • Jose Figueroa
    Dear Editor,

    We fully appreciate Dr Furness's comments on the limitations of the definition of asthma based on parents' reports of symptoms and we have contributed on the subject.[1] Epidemiological studies of asthma have to rely on reported symptoms,[2][3] but a better understanding of what parents call wheeze would be of great importance, especially in a multicultural society. The validity of reported asthma symptoms...

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  • Published on:
    Obesity is associated with respiratory problems, not necessarily asthma
    • , Paediatric Specialist Registrar
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      • John Furness
    Dear Editor,

    I was interested to see the work of Figueroa-Munoz and colleagues showing an association between obesity and wheeze.[1] I would like to caution against their conclusion. In their study asthma is defined according to "asthma attack" and parental reports of wheeze. Several studies have shown parental reporting of wheeze to be unreliable.[2][3][4]

    Please can the authors clarify who defined, "asthma att...

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