Patients With Asthma May Also Be Depressed.

MedPage Today (11/13, Gever) reports, “Depression and asthma appear to go hand in hand, even in patients whose asthma is relatively mild and who report generally good health,” according to a study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology annual meeting. “Analysis of some 13,000 participants in the Cooper Institute Longitudinal Study indicated that a diagnosis of asthma was a risk factor for reports of significant current depressive symptoms with an odds ratio of 1.41 (95% CI 1.16 to 1.65, P<0.001) after adjusting for asthma severity and self-assessment of overall health status." In addition, "asthma and a previous history of depression...were significantly associated, with an odds ratio of 1.65 (95% CI 1.40 to 1.90, P<0.001)," researchers reported. Related Links:

— “Asthma Patients Often Depressed,”John Gever, MedPage Today, November 12, 2012.

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