Asthma Part I

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Summary

Asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses in children.  It causes many doctors visits and impacts the lives children can lead when not treated.  The hallmarks of asthma are lung inflammation, hyperreactivity, and bronchoconstriction.  Family history is a major risk factor for developing asthma.  Other risk factors include smoke exposure, prematurity, pollution exposure, and obesity. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how frequent a problem asthma is and what symptoms it can cause in children
  2. Learn how physicians diagnose asthma 
  3. Learn about the 3 components of asthma-inflammation, hyperreactivty, and bronchoconstriction- and how they create the symptoms of asthma
  4. Realize the triggers for asthma
  5. Understand the risk factors for developing asthma

About the Authors

Carolyn Weber, MD

Carolyn Weber, MD

Dr. Carolyn Weber is a board certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 1996 she graduated from Haverford College where she earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in biology. In 2001 she earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Weber completed her pediatric residency at Columbus Children's Hospital/The Ohio State University in 2004 and joined Advocare South Jersey Pediatrics in 2005.

Jason Weber, MD

Jason Weber, MD

Dr. Weber is a board certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 1997 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University where he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in biology and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2001 he graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he received the Reinhart Award in Pediatrics and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Weber completed his pediatric residency at Columbus Children's Hospital/The Ohio State University and joined Advocare South Jersey Pediatrics in 2004. He has been recognized as a Top Physician by South Jersey Magazine.

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