Article Text

Download PDFPDF

Highlights from this issue
  1. Andrew Bush,
  2. Ian Pavord, Editors

Statistics from

All in the mind?

There is an increasing realisation of the interactions between the mind and the airway, with appreciation that mental stress impacts asthma. This is not the start of the slippery slope back to asthma being due to lack of moral fibre, but rather the realisation that there is more to asthma treatment than selecting the right coloured inhaler, and (radical idea, this) actually ensuring it is used. Pbert et al (Editors' choice: (see page 769)) compared two 8-week interventions, a mindfulness training program and a ‘placebo’ of a healthy living course (which naturally your editors study assiduously every day). There was a beneficial effect on asthma quality of life score a year later and perceived stress, although not in lung function or number of patients with well-controlled asthma. It is known that stress amplifies the inflammatory response to inhalant allergens (Am J Respir Crit …

View Full Text

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

Linked Articles