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Table 2 Research needed

From: Asthma in the elderly patient

• What are the effects of aging on lung and immune system
• Better characterize the phenotype
o Role of microbiome and infections
o Role of environment
o Influence of atopy, smoking, co-morbidities, gender
• What are the consequences of recent vs. long-standing asthma
• Determine what is the optimal management of asthma
• How educate the elderly and develop an effective multidisciplinary approach
• Should drug therapy be better targeted to this population
o How is it different from younger patients?
o What is the response to therapy (short and long-term outcomes)?