Breathing for Life Trial

3rd March 2016

Researchers from John Hunter Children's Hospital and HMRI have previously shown that better asthma management during pregnancy resulted in less bronchiolitis episodes in infants (Growing into asthma study).

The 'Breathing for Life Trial' builds on the earlier findings and investigates the effect of better asthma management during pregnancy on the baby’s lung function. Better lung function at birth could have life-long benefits because it will track throughout life, and those babies who are born with better lung function have a much lower risk of developing asthma and even COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) later on. The study includes more than 1000 babies from Newcastle, Sydney and Brisbane. 

The baby’s lung function can be assessed during naturally occurring sleep and has no associated risks. It requires a high level of expertise as well as sophisticated equipment. The NSW Infants and Children’s Lung Function Lab at the John HunterChildren’s Hospital conducts those tests for research or as a clinical test for a baby with lung disease if requested by a respiratory specialist.

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