Monroe James King

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Asthma in the elderly is underdiagnosed and undertreated, and there is a paucity of knowledge on the subject. The National Institute on Aging convened this workshop to identify what is known and what gaps in knowledge remain and suggest research directions needed to improve the understanding and care of asthma in the elderly. Asthma presenting at an(More)
Many older patients present with rhinitis, conjunctivitis, asthma or itching that the patient attributes to allergies. Yet physicians often dismiss allergy in the elderly as irrelevant. Testing elderly patients for allergies is sometimes challenging as changes in the skin may cause difficulty in applying skin tests, and the response of the skin may be(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Asthma is a common disease in the older population that is frequently undiagnosed and undertreated. We will review the current knowledge of asthma in the elderly (AIE) and shed light on the diagnostic and management challenges outlining needs for future research. RECENT FINDINGS There has been very little original research in the field(More)
BACKGROUND Skin prick-puncture test responses to histamine on the upper back and forearms in older individuals are frequently small or absent but are often present or larger when repeated on the lower back. OBJECTIVE To determine whether photoaging or natural aging causes a smaller response to a prick-puncture skin test. METHODS Prick-puncture skin(More)
Serum IgE (total and five specific) and eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) levels were compared in elderly physician-diagnosed patients with asthma with non-asthmatic controls matched by age and gender to ascertain whether elevated levels are indicators of asthma in the elderly. All subjects and controls were non-smokers. The subjects were participants in(More)
BACKGROUND The ability of prick puncture skin test (PPST) results and the presence of serum specific IgE (sIgE) to Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus to predict positive or negative nasal challenge (NC) results has not been determined in older adults. OBJECTIVE To determine if allergy skin test and/or serum sIgE is diagnostic of allergic rhinitis in older(More)