A small study found that inhaled corticosteroids, a common asthma treatment, may not be as effective for overweight children, and long-term control medication may be more suitable for them. Researchers followed 61 asthma patients aged 2 to 18 and they found that medication response decreased as the patient's weight and body mass index increased. A gene that affects drug response wasn't expressed as much in overweight children, one of the researchers said. The findings were to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
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