A study of 1316 patients with asthma found a positive link between elevated blood eosinophil count (BEC) and lower incidence of asthma readmissions.

The lead author Francisco-Javier Gonzalez-Barcala, MD, PhD, with the Department of Medicine at the University of Santiago de Compostela and Spain’s Biomedical Research Networking Center (CIBERES), wrote that the study was designed to “analyze the relationship between the BEC levels and hospital readmissions in patients with asthma.”

If the study results can be corroborated by further research, there may be a shift away from more expensive traditional testing methods for asthma severity and treatment outcomes and towards the blood eosinophil counts.