Current knowledge and future research directions on fecal bacterial patterns and their association with asthma
CITATION: Claassen-Weitz, S., et al. 2016. Current knowledge and future research directions on fecal bacterial patterns and their association with asthma. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7:838, doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.00838.
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ENGLISH SUMMARY : Asthma is a complex respiratory condition that involves interplay between genetic predisposition, environmental, and immunological factors (Edwards et al., 2012). It is considered to be one of the most common chronic diseases, affecting ~300 million people (Masoli et al., 2004), and causing an estimated 250,000 deaths annually (Bateman et al., 2008). Furthermore, because of an increased Westernized lifestyle and urbanization in developing countries, it is estimated that by 2025 the global burden of asthma will increase by 100 million people (Masoli et al., 2004).