And are they 4 to 11 years of age? If so, they could help us with a study looking at how we can prevent children with hay fever going on to develop asthma.
The largest ever study to investigate whether it is possible to prevent children with hay fever going on to develop asthma is underway at St Thomas’ Hospital.
Researchers from King’s College London, along with others from centres across the UK and Europe, are looking to recruit 600 children between the ages of 4 and 11 years who have no asthma symptoms but who have hay fever and need medication.
The idea is to study the youngsters to see if treatment with a prescribed and approved hay fever tablet, which contains natural grass pollen, can also reduce the risk of children with hay fever developing asthma. For the first three years half the young recruits will be given the tablet every day and then followed for a further two years to determine if the treatment helps prevent them developing asthma. The other half will be given a placebo tablet.
Principle Investigators for the King’s College London site are Prof Gideon Lack and Dr Adam Fox. Fox, who is based at St Thomas’ Hospital says: “We know that childhood allergic hay fever increases the risk of asthma development in later life by up to seven-fold. This trial will determine if this hay fever treatment can prevent development of asthma in children with grass pollen allergy.”
“We only have a two month window for recruitment before the grass pollen season starts so we really need people to come forward to take part in the trial as soon as possible.
Anyone interested should call 020 788 6111 or email Gapstudy@gstt.nhs.uk for more details.”
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First Published in June 2010
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