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J Allergy Clin Immunol. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2012 March 1.
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Decreased response to inhaled steroids in overweight and obese asthmatic children

Erick Forno, MD, MPH,1,3,4 Rachel Lescher, MD,5 Robert Strunk, MD,6 Scott Weiss, MD, MS,1,4 Anne Fuhlbrigge, MD, MPH,1,2,4 and Juan C. Celedón, MD, Dr.P.H.1,2,4, for the CAMP Research Group

Abstract

Background

The mechanisms and consequences of the observed association between obesity and childhood asthma are unclear.

Objectives

To determine the effect of obesity on treatment responses to inhaled corticosteroids in asthmatic children.

Methods

We performed a post hoc analysis to evaluate the interaction between body mass index (BMI) and treatment with inhaled budesonide on lung function in the Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) trial. Participants were then stratified into overweight/obese and non-overweight, and their response to inhaled budesonide was analyzed longitudinally over the 4 years of the trial.

Results

There was a significant interaction between BMI and budesonide for pre-BD FEV1/FVC (P=0.0007) and bronchodilator response (BDR) (P=0.049), and a non-significant trend for an interaction between BMI and budesonide on pre-BD FEV1 (P=0.15). Non-overweight children showed significant improvement with inhaled budesonide in lung function (FEV1, FEV1/FVC, and BDR) during the early (years 1–2) and late stages (years 3–4) of the trial. Overweight/obese children had improved FEV1 and BDR during the early but not the late stage of the trial, and showed no improvement in FEV1/FVC. When comparing time points where both groups showed significant response, the degree of improvement among non-overweight children was significantly greater than in overweight/obese children at most visits. Non-overweight children had a 44% reduction in the risk of ER visits or hospitalizations throughout the trial (P=0.001); there was no reduction in risk among overweight/obese (P=0.97).

Conclusions

Compared to children of normal weight, overweight/obese children in CAMP showed a decreased response to inhaled budesonide on measures of lung function and ER visits/hospitalizations for asthma.

Keywords: Asthma, obesity, pediatric asthma, childhood obesity, budesonide

INTRODUCTION

Asthma and obesity are major public health concerns. Over the last few decades, the prevalence of both diseases has increased worldwide (14). In the U.S., the prevalence of overweight increased from 6.5% to ~19% in school-aged children between 1976–1980 and 2003–2004 (5,6).

There is ample evidence of an association between obesity and asthma in children and adults (715). A recent meta-analysis of 12 longitudinal studies found that children with high birth weight and/or high body mass index (BMI) had an increased risk of developing asthma (7). The mechanisms underlying the association between obesity and asthma are incompletely understood but may include genetic predisposition, abnormal immune-modulation and/or a pro-inflammatory state in obese individuals, hormonal influences, and mechanical effects (e.g. certain studies have reported decreased FEV1 and FVC in morbidly obese adult asthmatics, a restrictive deficit likely caused by the increased amount of adipose tissue on the chest wall and in the abdominal cavity)(9,16).

Little is known about treatment responses in children with asthma and overweight or obesity. Because obesity may promote inflammation, we hypothesized that overweight/obese asthmatics would have suboptimal response to anti-inflammatory medications compared to non-overweight/non-obese asthmatics. In this report, we demonstrate that the effect of inhaled budesonide on lung function and clinical outcomes is reduced in overweight or obese asthmatic children compared to non-overweight asthmatics.

METHODS

Study population

The Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) study is a randomized clinical trial that enrolled 1,041 children with asthma between 1993 and 1995. A detailed description of the trial has been previously published (17). Inclusion criteria were age 5–12 years, a history of asthma for at least 6 months in the previous year, mild to moderate asthma severity, and airway responsiveness to <12.5 mg/ml of methacholine. Subjects were randomly assigned to one of three inhaled treatment arms (budesonide 200 mcg twice daily, nedocromil 8mg twice daily, or placebo twice daily) and were followed every 4 months for 4 years. The institutional review board at each of the participating centers approved the study, and parents or guardians of the participating children gave informed consent. The present study is a post hoc analysis using data from CAMP.

Pulmonary function tests (PFTs)

Spirometry testing was performed according to American Thoracic Society (ATS) criteria (17). The completion rate for lung function measures during the trial was ~94%.

Serum 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D3 (vitamin D)

Measurement of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (“vitamin D”) was performed on all subjects using serum banked at the start of the trial (18). Levels were log10-transformed for analysis.

Outcome measures

Our main outcomes were pre-bronchodilator FEV1 and FEV1/FVC, and bronchodilator response (BDR). BDR was defined as the percentage change in FEV1 from baseline [(post FEV1 – pre FEV1)/pre FEV1]. Secondary asthma-related outcomes included the number of prednisone bursts and the number of ER/urgent care visits and hospitalizations reported for each visit interval during the trial.

Overweight/obese status

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines “overweight” as having a BMI ≥ 85 percentile (pct) for age and gender, and “obesity” as a BMI ≥ 95pct (19). To attain maximal power and due to clinical considerations, we grouped both categories into one: participants were classified as “overweight/obese” if their randomization BMI was ≥ 85pct, and as “non-overweight” if it was <85pct. BMI data were available for 1027 (98.7%) participants.

Statistical analysis

We analyzed data for each outcome from randomization through month 48 post-randomization. As previously done (12), the placebo and nedocromil treatment arms were combined into one because of lack of effect of nedocromil on lung function and to maximize statistical power. All multivariate analyses were adjusted for age and height at randomization, gender, race/ethnicity, duration of asthma (age at randomization – self-reported age of onset of asthma symptoms), environmental tobacco exposure (ETS) in early life (parental report of ETS in the child’s household during the first ~5 years of life, from birth to first grade), vitamin D level (at randomization), and study center.

To assess the longitudinal effect of inhaled budesonide on lung function over the 4-year course of the trial, we used mixed-effects regression models incorporating all available measurements. Residual maximum likelihood estimation with a spatial-exponential covariance structure was used, since measurements were obtained at different intervals. Fixed-effects test statistics were adjusted using the “sandwich” error estimator. P-values for the overall effect of treatment arm are from χ2 tests with n-1 degrees of freedom, where n is the number of measurements for each outcome; the overall longitudinal effect was divided into an early stage (months 0–20) and a late stage (months 24–48) of the trial. When reported, P-values at each time point are from t-tests within the mixed effects regression model. For count data (prednisone bursts) and binary outcomes (ER visits/hospitalizations) we used marginal logistic regression models with Poisson distribution and marginal log-linear regression models, respectively.

To assess the interaction between BMI and budesonide beyond their main effects, the initial longitudinal analysis included the main effects for BMI (as a continuous variable) and treatment arm (budesonide vs. placebo/nedocromil), as well as an interaction term (BMI*budesonide). Once the significance of the interaction was established, all subsequent analyses were performed by stratifying children according to their BMI, as above, in order to maximize power and to present data based on a clinically relevant definition. All analyses were performed using SAS version 9.1 (SAS Institute, Cary, NC).

RESULTS

Baseline characteristics of the study population are presented in Table I. As expected from randomization, there were no differences in most subject characteristics among treatment arms at baseline within each BMI group (overweight/obese vs. non-overweight). However, serum vitamin D levels were slightly higher in children on inhaled budesonide than in those on inhaled placebo or nedocromil, regardless of BMI group. The mean age of the 1,041 participating children was 8.9 years, with a mean duration of asthma of ~6 years and a mean BMI percentile of 63.2. Of these 1,041 children, ~60% were male and ~68% were white. As expected in a study of children with mild to moderate asthma, the mean pre-bronchodilator FEV1 was normal (93.7% of predicted) but the mean FEV1/FVC was slightly reduced (79.6%); the mean BDR was 10.8% of baseline FEV1.

Table I
Characteristics of study participants at randomization

Of the 1,027 participating children who had data for BMI at randomization, 322 (31.4%) were overweight/obese (176 overweight and 146 obese). Compared to non-overweight children, overweight/obese children were more likely to be African American (p=0.002), to be older (by ~0.4 years, p=0.002) and taller (by ~6 cm, p <0.0001), and to have a longer duration of asthma symptoms (by ~0.3 years, p=0.02), a lower FEV1/FVC ratio (~1.1% lower, p=0.046), and a lower vit.D level. There were no differences in total IgE level or eosinophil count between the BMI groups or the treatment arms.

Table II summarizes the adjusted longitudinal analysis of the relations among BMI, treatment with inhaled budesonide, and lung function. Both BMI (as a continuous variable) and treatment arm (budesonide vs. placebo/nedocromil) had significant effects on lung function. Beyond those effects, there was a significant interaction between BMI and budesonide (BMI*budesonide) on FEV1/FVC and BDR, and a non-statistically significant trend on percent-predicted FEV1 (p=0.15). This means that, among children treated with budesonide, each 1% increase in BMI would diminish their response to budesonide treatment by ~0.04% in FEV1/FVC (95% CI = 0.02–0.06), and by ~0.025% in BDR (95% CI = 0.0001–0.05).

Table II
Longitudinal Analysis of the Relation Among BMI, Use of Inhaled Budesonide, and Measures of Lung Function

Figure 1 depicts the mean responses to inhaled budesonide (assessed by percent-predicted FEV1, FEV1/FVC, and BDR) from randomization to month 48 of the trial, stratified by BMI group (overweight/obese vs. non-overweight). Non-overweight children showed a significant improvement in all of the outcomes (FEV1, FEV1/FVC and BDR) during the early (months 0–20) and late (months 24–48) stages of the trial. Among overweight/obese children, there was significant improvement in FEV1 and BDR during the early stage of the trial but not thereafter. Overweight/obese children had no improvement in FEV1/FVC at any point during follow-up.

Figure 1
Effect of budesonide on measures of lung function and bronchodilator response by BMI group

We then analyzed the magnitude of improvement with budesonide at each individual time point (Table III). During the early stage of the trial (0–20 months), non-overweight children had a significant improvement with inhaled budesonide: FEV1 improved by 5.1–5.8% of predicted, FEV1/FVC improved by 2.8–3.5%, and BDR decreased by 2.3–3.8%. Among overweight/obese children, inhaled budesonide produced a significant improvement in FEV1 (~3.5%–3.9% of predicted) but not in FEV1/FVC or BDR during the early stage of the trial. During the late stage of the trial (24–48 months), non-overweight children continued to show a significant improvement: FEV1 improved by 2.5–3.7% of predicted, FEV1/FVC improved by 2.1–2.8%, and BDR decreased by 1.5–2.4%. In contrast, overweight/obese children showed no significant response to inhaled budesonide at any point in the late stage of the trial. At most time points, the improvement in the non-overweight group was significantly greater than the improvement among the overweight/obese.

Table III
Improvement in lung function in the budesonide arm, at each visit

The effect of inhaled budesonide on asthma-related outcomes after stratification by BMI group is shown in Figure 2. Non-overweight children on inhaled budesonide had a significant overall reduction in the number of prednisone bursts reported at each visit (p<0.0001). When evaluating individual visits by non-overweight children during the trial, there was a significant decrease in the number of prednisone bursts in the budesonide arm on months 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 28, and 32: non-overweight children on inhaled budesonide received 32–55% fewer prednisone bursts than children on inhaled placebo/nedocromil across these visits (95% CI = 0.5%–74%). Among overweight/obese children, the overall effect of inhaled budesonide on reducing prednisone bursts was also significant (p=0.001). When evaluating individual visits by overweight/obese children during the trial, children on inhaled budesonide reported a 58% (95% CI = 14–79%) reduction in prednisone bursts at month 2, and a 77% (95% CI = 47–90%) reduction at month 24, compared to children on inhaled nedocromil or placebo; there was no significant difference in prednisone bursts between the treatment arms at the other time points.

Figure 2
Effect of budesonide on asthma-related outcomes, by overweight status

For the interval incidence of ER visits/hospitalizations, the effect of inhaled budesonide among non-overweight children was significant: the risk of requiring an ER visit or hospital admission between visits throughout the trial was reduced by ~44% (95% CI = 20.7–60.9%, p=0.001). In contrast, among overweight/obese children there was no significant difference in ER visits or hospital admissions between the treatment arms (p=0.97).

DISCUSSION

To our knowledge, this is the first report of modification of the effect of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) on pediatric asthma control by overweight/obesity status. Among children in a large multi-center clinical trial, non-overweight children had more consistent and significant effects of inhaled budesonide on measures of lung function and asthma morbidity and severity than overweight/obese children.

FEV1 and FEV1/FVC are widely used in clinical practice and constitute one of the components in the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to assess asthma severity and asthma control, and to adjust management (20). Decreased ICS response in FEV1 and FEV1/FVC has been reported in adults followed for 6–12 months (21). In our study, children of normal weight on inhaled budesonide showed a significant improvement in FEV1, FEV1/FVC and bronchodilator response throughout the 4 years of the trial. Overweight/obese children had an improvement in FEV1 that was of lesser magnitude, and it was limited to the first half of the trial; they also showed no improvement in their FEV1/FVC. By the latter half of the trial, overweight/obese children showed no improvement in any of the measures of lung function. A secondary analysis using BMI z-scores instead of BMI percentiles yielded similar results (data not shown).

Moreover, we performed an exploratory analysis including only children who belonged to the same BMI category at all time points, and excluding all children whose BMI crossed the 85th percentile at any time during the trial: the effects seen on FEV1 in the overweight/obese group at months 2, 4, 12, and 16 became non-significant, while all time points remained significant and of the same magnitude for the non-overweight (data not shown). Although this exploratory analysis needs to be interpreted with caution, it suggests that the initial response seen for FEV1 in overweight/obese asthmatics may have been driven by a subgroup of children who were “incorrectly” classified as overweight/obese but who had normal BMI after randomization.

Many mechanisms have been suggested to explain the relationship between asthma and obesity. Studies in morbidly obese adult asthmatics have reported symmetrically reduced FEV1 and FVC with a normal FEV1/FVC (22,23), pointing towards a restrictive pattern that could explain increased dyspnea and other symptoms by mechanical effects (24). However, some pediatric studies have found that overweight asthmatic children have low FEV1/FVC, compatible with an obstructive deficit (12,25). We found a similar pattern, with overweight/obese children in CAMP showing low FEV1/FVC. More importantly, inhaled budesonide failed to improve the obstructive deficit observed in these children.

There is increasing evidence of shared genetic determinants of asthma and obesity. The genes for the β2-adrenergic (ADRB2) and the glucocorticoid (NR3C1) receptors are located on chromosome 5q, and have been implicated in pathways related to both asthma and obesity (15,26,27). Tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) haplotypes have been associated with asthma and airway hyper-responsiveness (28) and with obesity (29). Recently the gene for protein kinase Cα (PRKCA) was reported to be associated with both asthma and BMI (30). Similarly, different genetic polymorphisms could reduce the efficacy of inhaled steroids by conferring obese asthmatics higher resistance, lower receptor binding, and/or lower retention of the medication in the lung.

There also is evidence of a generalized pro-inflammatory state in obesity, with several cytokines and chemokines increased in obese individuals (31). TNF-α and interleukin 6 (IL-6) are produced by adipocytes and correlate with total body fat (32); TNF-α increases production of IL- 6 and IL-1b, which are all elevated in both obesity and asthma (33). Adipose tissue can express other pro-inflammatory molecules such as transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1)(34), which has also been linked to asthma and asthma exacerbations (35). Similarly, polymorphysms of the fractalkine CX3CR1 receptor have been linked with asthma, atopy, and obesity (36,37).

Inhaled steroids may be less effective in overweight and obese asthmatics, in whom the inflammatory state might have a systemic component rather than be confined to the airways. Peters-Golden et al. reported decreased effect of inhaled beclomethasone on asthma control days and night-time awakenings for asthma with increasing BMI, whereas the response to oral montelukast was not affected (38). The β-isoform of the glucocorticoid receptor (GRβ) has been associated with steroid resistance in asthma (39): GRβ does not activate glucocorticoid- responsive genes, but it strongly inhibits the activation of such genes by GRα, which is the active isoform. Cytokines associated with obesity such as TNF-α, IL-6, etc., regulate GR expression with accumulation of GRβ (40). Sutherland et al. demonstrated that increasing BMI in asthmatics produced a decreased in vitro response to glucocorticoids (e.g. blunted inhibition of mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase-1, MKP1, and a consequent increase in TNF-α) both in blood mononuclear cells and in bronchoalveolar lavage cells, with no such effect in non- asthmatic controls (41).

Other mechanisms postulated include differences in the hormonal milieu between obese and lean individuals. Adipocytes secrete a number of substances that may influence airway inflammation and reactivity. Shore et al. have shown that leptin can increase IgE and airway responsiveness after allergen exposure in murine models (42). Adiponectin is the only adipokine reduced in obesity, and it has been shown that exogenous adiponectin reduces or abolishes airway inflammation and responsiveness in mice exposed to inhaled allergens (43); recently, Kattan et al. reported that adiponectin was associated with increasing FEV1/FVC and decreasing asthma symptoms and exacerbations in asthmatic teenage males (44). Our group has reported that reduced Vit.D levels are associated with asthma severity (45) and Vit.D levels differ between lean and obese subjects. Accordingly, we showed decreased serum levels of Vit.D among overweight/obese participants, and these levels were significantly associated with some of our outcomes. However, the interaction between BMI and budesonide remained significant after adjustment for Vit.D levels.

Medication compliance plays an important role in asthma control (46). Gamble et al. reported that up to 35% of patients with severe asthma filled less than 50% of their inhaled medication prescriptions (47). While they did not find a difference in compliance between obese and non-obese asthmatics, obesity is associated with depression and other factors (48,49) that could decrease compliance with asthma medications. However, our results were unchanged by further adjustment for medication compliance (as reported by the child or the CAMP physician) or indicators of socioeconomic status.

Despite our incomplete understanding of the mechanisms involved, overweight and obese asthmatics report a higher prevalence and severity of symptoms than non-overweight asthmatics (7,50). In our analysis, non-overweight children receiving budesonide had a significant decrease in the number of prednisone courses between visits, when looking at either the overall effect over time or at individual visits. Overweight/obese children had an overall accumulated improvement over time, but only 1 visit (at 24 months) showed significant interval improvement. Finally, children of normal weight had a significant reduction in the incidence of ER visits and hospitalizations during the trial, while there was no improvement in the overweight/obese group.

Of interest, overweight/obese children receiving placebo had a steady increase in FEV1 as percent of predicted during the 4 years of the trial (i.e., FEV1 increased ~0.5%/year from ~94% to ~96%, whereas children of normal weight had stable levels at ~93–94%). Rather than an “improvement” in overweight/obese asthmatics, this might represent residual confounding by BMI in the equations used to calculate predicted values. Because current pediatric reference values may thus underestimate the effect of high BMI on lung function.

There are several limitations to this study. First, this is a post hoc analysis of a randomized clinical trial. Bias could thus be present that we are not aware of (e.g., children were not randomized based on their BMI status; there may be other unmeasured characteristics which account for our findings). The probability of a Type I error in subgroup analysis increases significantly with the number of subgroups tested (51). Second, CAMP excluded children with severe asthma, and thus we had limited ability to evaluate modification of the effect of inhaled budesonide by BMI in these children. . Similarly, given that the budesonide doses were predetermined in the trial, we could not assess whether higher doses would have been effective in overweight children. Although frequent systemic steroid use in poorly controlled asthmatics can lead to overweight, this is an unlikely explanation for our findings, as there was no difference in the number of days on oral corticosteroids in the 6 months prior to the study between overweight and non-overweight children (2.6 +/− 4.9 vs. 2.9 +/−5.1, P=0.43). Finally, our power to assess small differences in the overweight/obese subgroup may have been suboptimal, particularly for binary and count data such as hospitalizations or number of prednisone courses.

In summary, we found that the effect of budesonide on measures of lung function and clinical outcomes among overweight/obese asthmatic children was of lesser significance and/or magnitude than in non-overweight children with asthma. The treatment of asthma in overweight/obese children may require new approaches such as a simultaneous management of obesity and/or treatment of systemic inflammation.

Acknowledgments

Sources of funding: The Childhood Asthma Management Program trial and CAMP Continuation Study were supported by contracts NO1-HR-16044, 16045, 16046, 16047, 16048, 16049, 16050, 16051, and 16052 with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and General Clinical Research Center grants M01RR00051, M01RR0099718-24, M01RR02719-14, and RR00036 from the National Center for Research Resources.

We thank all participants and their families for their invaluable participation in the Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) study. We acknowledge the CAMP investigators and research team for their help in data collection.

Abbreviations

BDR
Bronchodilator reactivity
BMI
Body mass index
CAMP
Childhood Asthma Management Program
ER
Emergency room
ETS
Environmental tobacco exposure
FEV1
Forced expiratory volume in the first second
FVC
Forced vital capacity
ICS
Inhaled corticosteroids
IgE
Immuneglobulin E
Pct
Percentile
PFT
Pulmonary function test

CAMP Credit Roster

Source of funding

The Childhood Asthma Management Program trial and CAMP Continuation Study were supported by contracts NO1-HR-16044, 16045, 16046, 16047, 16048, 16049, 16050, 16051, and 16052 with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and General Clinical Research Center grants M01RR00051, M01RR0099718-24, M01RR02719-14, and RR00036 from the National Center for Research Resources.

Members of the CAMP Research Group:

Clinical centers

ASTHMA, Inc, Seattle, WA: Paul Williams, MD (Principal Investigator); Mary V. Lasley, MD (Co-Director); Tamara Chinn, MSN, ARNP (Coordinator). Michele Hinatsu, MSN, ARNP; Clifton T. Furukawa, MD; Leonard C. Altman, MD; Frank S. Virant, MD; Michael S. Kennedy, MD; Jonathan W. Becker, MD; Stephen Tilles, MD; Miranda MacLaren. C. Warren Bierman, MD (1992–1997); Dan Crawford, RN (1996–2002); Thomas DuHamel (1991–2004); Heather Eliassen, BA (1996–1999); Babi Hammond (1996–1999); Dominick A. Minotti, MD (1992–2003); Chris Reagan (1992–2003); Gail Shapiro (1991–2006, Principal Investigator); Marian Sharpe, RN (1992–1994); Ashley Tatum, MD (2004–2007); Grace White (1991–2007). Timothy G. Wighton, PhD (1994–1998).

Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA: Anne Fuhlbrigge, MD (Principal Investigator); Anne Plunkett, NP, MS (Coordinator). Nancy Madden, RN, BSN; Mark Boehnert, MD; Christine Darcy; Anita Feins, MD; Natalia Kandror, MD; Kelly MacAulay, MD; Scott Weiss MD. Walter Torda, MD (Co-Investigator Director, 1993–2003); Martha Tata, RN (1993–2002); Sally Babigian, RN (1997–1999); Peter Barrant, MD (2004–2007); Linda Benson (1998–2004); Jose Caicedo (1998–1999); Tatum Calder (1998–2001); Anthony DeFilippo (1994–2000); Cindy Dorsainvil (1998–2001); Julie Erickson (1998–1999); Phoebe Fulton (1997); Mary Grace, RN (1994–1996); Jennifer Gilbert (1997–1998); Dirk Greineder, MD (1993–2000); Stephanie Haynes (1993–1998); Margaret Higham, MD (1996–1998); Deborah Jakubowski (1999); Susan Kelleher (1993–1997); Jay Koslof, PhD (1993–1995); Dana Mandel (1996–1998); Patricia Martin (2001–2003); Agnes Martinez (1994–1997); Jean McAuliffe (1994–1995); Erika Nakamoto (2002–2004); Paola Pacella (1993–1998); Paula Parks (1993–1995); Johanna Sagarin (1998–1999); Kay Seligsohn, PhD (1995–2004); Susan Swords (2003–2005); Meghan Syring (1998–2001); June Traylor, MSN, RN (1996–1998); Melissa Van Horn, PhD (1996–1999); Carolyn Wells, RN (1993–1995); Ann Whitman, RN (1994–1996).

The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Hartmut Grasemann, MD (Principal Investigator); Melody Miki, RN, BSN (Coordinator); Melinda Solomon, MD; Padmaja Subbarao, MD. Ian MacLusky, MD, FRCP (Director 1999–2007); Joe Reisman, MD, FRCP(C), MBA (Director, 1996–1999); Henry Levison, MD, FRCP(C) (Director, 1992–1996); Anita Hall, RN (Coordinator, 1993–2007). Yola Benedet (1994–1999); Susan Carpenter, RN (1998–2001); Jennifer Chay (2004); Michelle Collinson, RN (1994–1998); Jane Finlayson-Kulchin, RN (1994–1998); Kenneth Gore, MA (1993–1999); Nina Hipolito, RN (2003–2004); Noreen Holmes, RRT (1998–1999); Erica Hoorntje, RN (2002–2003); Sharon Klassen, MA(1999–2000); Joseé Quenneville, MSc (1993–1995); Renée Sananes, PhD (1993–2004); Christine Wasson, PhD (1999); Margaret Wilson, RN (2001–2002).

Johns Hopkins Asthma & Allergy Center, Baltimore, MD: N. Franklin Adkinson, Jr, MD (Director); Deborah Bull, LPN (Coordinator); Stephanie Philips, RN. Peyton Eggleston, MD (Co-Director, 1991–2004); Karen Huss, DNSc (Co-Investigator, 1991–2004); Leslie Plotnick, MD (Co-Investigator, 1991–1999); Margaret Pulsifer, PhD (Co-Investigator, 1993–2004); Cynthia Rand, PhD (Co-Investigator, 1991–2004). Elizabeth Aylward, PhD (1991–2004), Nancy Bollers, RN (Coordinator, 1993–2004); Kathy Pessaro (2004–2007); Barbara Wheeler, RN, BSN (Coordinator, 1991–1999).

National Jewish Health, Denver, CO: Stanley Szefler, MD (Director); Harold S. Nelson, MD (Co-Director); Bruce Bender, PhD (Co-Investigator); Ronina Covar, MD (Co-Investigator); Andrew Liu, MD (Co-Investigator); Joseph Spahn, MD (Co-Investigator); D Sundström (Coordinator); Melanie Phillips; Michael P. White; Melanie Gleason, PA-C; Marzena Krawiec, MD; Gary Larsen, MD; Gayle Spears, PA-C. Kristin Brelsford (1997–1999); Jessyca Bridges (1995–1997); Jody Ciacco (1993–1996); Michael Eltz (1994–1995); Jeryl Feeley, MA (Coordinator, 1992–1995); Michael Flynn (1995–1996); Tara Junk-Blanchard (1997–2000); Joseph Hassell (1992–1998); Marcia Hefner (1992–1994); Caroline Hendrickson, RN (1995–1998; Coordinator, 1995–1997); Daniel Hettleman, MA (1995–1996); Charles G. Irvin, PhD (1992–1998); Alan Kamada, PharmD (1994–1997); Sai Nimmagadda, MD (1993–1996); Kendra Sandoval (1995–1997); Jessica Sheridan (1994–1995); Trella Washington (1993–1997); Eric Willcutt, MA (1996–1997). We also thank the pediatric allergy/immunology and pulmonary fellows for their participation (Ivan Cardona, MD; Kirstin Carel, MD; Jayna Doshi, MD; Rich Hendershot, MD; Jeffrey Jacobs, MD; Neal Jain, MD; June-ku Brian Kang, MD; Tracy Kruzick, MD; Harvey Leo, MD; Beth Macomber, MD; Jonathan Malka, MD; Chris Mjaanes, MD; John Prpich, MD; Lora Stewart, MD; Ben Song, MD; Grace Tamesis, MD).

University of California, San Diego and Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region, San Diego, CA: Robert S. Zeiger, MD, PhD (Director); Noah Friedman, MD (Co-Investigator); Michael H. Mellon, MD (Co-Investigator); Michael Schatz, MD (Co-Investigator); Kathleen Harden, RN (Coordinator). Terrie Long, RN; Travis Macaraeg; Elsa Rodriguez; Eva Rodriguez, RRT. Sandra Christensen, MD (2004–2007); James G. Easton, MD (Co-Director, 1993–1994); M. Feinberg (1997–1998); Linda L. Galbreath (1991–2002); Jennifer Gulczynski (1998–1999); Ellen Hansen (1995–1997); Al Jalowayski, PhD (Co-Investigator, 1991–2005); Elaine Jenson (2004–2007); Alan Lincoln, PhD (Co-Investigator, 1991–2003); Jennie Kaufman (1994); Shirley King, MSW (1992–1999); Brian Lopez (1997–1998); Michaela Magiari-Ene, MA (1994–1998); Kathleen Mostafa, RN (1994–1995); Avraham Moscona (1994–1996); Catherine A. Nelle, RN (1991–2005); Jennifer Powers (2001–2003); Karen Sandoval (1995–1996); Nevin W. Wilson, MD (Co-Director, 1991–1993).

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM: H. William Kelly, PharmD (Director); Aaron Jacobs (Co-Investigator); Hengameh H. Raissy, PharmD, PhC (Co-Investigator); Mary Spicher, RN (Coordinator). Christina Batson. Robert Annett, PhD (Co-Investigator, 1993–2004); Teresa Archibeque (1994–1999); Naim Bashir, MD (Co-Investigator, 1998–2005); H. Selda Bereket (1995–1998); Marisa Braun (1996–1999); Carrie Bush (1995–1999); Shannon C. Bush (2002–2007); Michael Clayton, MD (Co-Investigator, 1999–2001); Angel Colon-Semidey, MD (Co-Investigator, 1997–2000); Sara Devault (1993–1997); Anna Esparham (2004–2007); Roni Grad, MD (Co-Investigator, 1993–1995); David Hunt, RRT (1995–2004); Jeanne Larsson, RN (1995–1996); Katie McCallum (2009); Sandra McClelland, RN (Coordinator, 1993–1995); Bennie McWilliams, MD (Co-Investigator, Director, 1992–1998); Elisha Montoya (1997–2000); Margaret Moreshead (1996–1999); Shirley Murphy, MD (Co-Investigator, 1992–1994); Barbara Ortega, RRT (1993–1999); David Weers (1997–1998); Jose Zayas (1995–1996).

Washington University, St. Louis, MO: Robert C. Strunk, MD (Director); Leonard Bacharier, MD (Co-Investigator); Gordon R. Bloomberg, MD (Co-Investigator); Denise Rodgers, RPFT (Coordinator). Ellen Albers (1999–2003); James M. Corry, MD (Co-Investigator, 1995–2004); Karen DeMuth (2006–2007); Lila Kertz, MSN, RN, CPNP (2005–2007); Valerie Morgan, RRT (2004–2007); Cynthia Moseid (2007); Tina Oliver-Welker, CRTT (1993–2007); Deborah K. White, RPFT, RRT (1993–2007).

Resource centers

Data Coordinating Center, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD: James Tonascia, PhD (Director). Patricia Belt; Karen Collins; Betty Collison; Ryan Colvin, MPH; John Dodge; Michele Donithan, MHS; Cathleen Ewing; Rosetta Jackson; Hope Livingston; Jill Meinert; Girlie Reyes; Michael Smith; Alice L. Sternberg, ScM; Mark L. Van Natta, MHS; Annette Wagoner; Laura Wilson, ScM; Robert Wise, MD; Katherine Yates, ScM.

Project Office, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD: Virginia Taggart, MPH (Project Officer); Lois Eggers; James Kiley, PhD; Howard Moore; Gang Zheng, PhD. Paul Albert, PhD (1991–1999); Suzanne Hurd, PhD (1991–1999); Sydney Parker, PhD (1991–1994); Pamela Randall (1992–2003); Margaret Wu, PhD (1991–2001).

Committees

Data and Safety Monitoring Board: Michelle Cloutier, MD; John Connett, PhD; Leona Cuttler, MD; Frank Gilliland, MD, PhD. Clarence E. Davis, PhD (1993–2003); Howard Eigen, MD (1993–2009, Chair); David Evans, PhD (1993–2007); Meyer Kattan, MD (1993–2007); Rogelio Menendez, MD (1993–2007); F. Estelle R. Simons, MD (1993–2007); Sanford Leikin, MD (1993–1999).

Steering Committee: Robert Strunk, MD (Study Chair); N. Franklin Adkinson, MD; Robert Annett, PhD (1992–1995, 1997–1999); Bruce Bender, PhD; Mary Caesar, MHS (1994–1996); Reuben Cherniack, MD (Study Chair 1993–2007); Thomas R. DuHamel, PhD (1992–1994, 1996–1999); Anne Fuhlbrigge, MD; Hartmut Grasemann, MD; H. William Kelly, PharmD; Henry Levison, MD (1992–1996); Alan Lincoln, PhD (1994–1995); Ian MacLusky, MD (1999–2006); Bennie McWilliams, MD (1992–1998); Curtis L. Meinert, PhD; Sydney Parker, PhD (1991–1994); Joe Reisman, MD, FRCP(C), MBA (1991–1999); Denise Rodgers; Kay Seligsohn, PhD (1996–1997); Gail G. Shapiro, MD (1991–2006); Marian Sharpe (1993–1994); D Sundström (1998–1999); Stanley Szefler, MD; Virginia Taggart, MPH; Martha Tata, RN (1996–1998); James Tonascia, PhD; Scott Weiss, MD, MS; Barbara Wheeler, RN, BSN (1993–1994); Paul Williams, MD; Robert Wise, MD; Robert Zeiger, MD, PhD.

Footnotes

Clinical implications

Overweight/obese asthmatic children have a decreased response to inhaled steroids. Management of these children may require other treatment approaches, such as weight management.

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