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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

Exciting news for all asthma sufferers

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

An outright cure for asthma could be possible in five years if researchers establish that existing drugs for people with brittle bones can be safely used to treat sufferers’ lungs.

One of the researchers, Professor Daniela Riccardi, from Cardiff University School of Biosciences, has said ‘If we can prove that calcilytics are safe when administered directly to the lung in people, then in five years we could be in a position to treat patients and potentially stop asthma from happening in the first place.’

Nearly, 180,000 of the sufferers worldwide die every year. In the last 10 years asthma cases have risen by 50% worldwide. Sadly, in some countries 30% of the children are affected by asthma.

When an irritant, such as pollution, is inhaled, the scientists found that calcium-sensing receptor cells in asthmatics overreact, causing potentially dangerous narrowing of the airways.
However, when calcilytics were inhaled, they stopped this from happening. The researchers have tested the drugs on airway tissue from mice and humans.

Dr. Samantha Walker, director of research and policy at Asthma UK, has said ‘This hugely exciting discovery enables us, for the first time, to tackle the underlying causes of asthma symptoms.’ Asthma (AZ-ma) is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways.

Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. In the United States, more than 25 million people are known to have asthma. About 7 million of these people are children.

Until now, asthma has no cure. Even when you feel fine, you still have the disease and it can flare up at any time.

Let’s wait patiently for the researchers’ promised time period of 5 years to see the ‘exciting news’ of total cure to come true!.

- Asian Tribune -

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