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I need help on investigating and writing an evidence-based practice report on the topic of Asthma in Adults.

I must create a list of at least 10 (7 must be primary research from peer-reviewed journals) on the topic.

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It's a very broad topic, but I have tried my best to sort out useful references for you.

Asthma is a clinical diagnosis that is characterized by airway inflammation in association with reversible airflow obstruction and bronchial hyperresponsiveness. It has an estimated prevalence of 8-10% across all age groups (NAEPP NIH Publication No. 07-4051. National Institutes of Health: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Aug 28, 2007. Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.)

Atopic asthma has been proposed to develop as a result of gene-environment interactions occurring during prenatal or early post natal life. In most of the cases asthma starts in early childhood with a viral infection. Most of the non-atopic individuals stop wheezing before adolescence, however atopic individuals will continue to wheeze after adolescence and end up developing asthma (Lemanske & Busse 2010). Many of the asthmatics "grow out" of their allergies as they age however, in few individuals, asthma may make its initial presentation in old age.

It has been recognized that asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways and that, while asthma exacerbations are episodic, airway ...

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