Pilot Study helps Children with Asthma

Jan 31 2011

Hunter researchers are investigating the links between weight and airway inflammation in childhood asthma.

A pilot study currently underway at John Hunter Hospital is exploring how to manage asthma through dietary interventions, evaluating whether weight loss can improve asthma in children.

Award winning early career researcher, Megan Jensen, is recruiting for the pilot study, titled CIAO (Children, Inflammation, Asthma, Obesity), throughout Healthy Weight Week 2011 (January 24 – 31).

“We are interested in talking to any parents who are concerned about their child’s weight or would like to improve their nutritional intake,” Ms Jensen said.

“Preliminary findings suggest that inflammation in the airways of children with asthma is much greater if they are carrying extra weight.”

“Families will also receive nutrition advice from an accredited practicing dietitian.”

The study requires children and their parents to visit John Hunter Hospital fortnightly for around 10 weeks, where the child’s asthma and airway inflammation are monitored through a series of breathing tests.

“So far we have seen significant weight loss through the program and improvements in dietary intake of participants,” Ms Jensen said.

Interested participants should be aged between10 and 17, with or without asthma.

For more information contact HMRI reception on 02 4921 4030 or visit hmri.org.au

Megan Jensen is a PhD candidate of the University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Health, and conducts her research in collaboration with the HMRI Viruses, Infections/Immunity, Vaccines and Asthma (VIVA) Program.