New Drug to Prevent Asthma Attacks Altogether Could Be on the Horizon

boy with asthma inhalerGood news for asthma sufferers has just come out of England. Scientists at Cardiff University believe they may have found not only the cause but also a possible treatment for the lung disease the impacts as many as almost 19 million adults and 7 million children in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control

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Researchers believe a calcium sensing receptor is responsible for causing asthma and they think an existing drug, calcilytics, may help treat the condition that can make a person feel like she's suffocating as her airway closes due to narrowing, swelling, and the production of extra mucus. 

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Cardiff University Professor Daniela Riccardi explains that the results of the new research could mean hope is on the way: 

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.

What a relief that would be not just for adults with asthma but for children, who find the attacks particularly frightening. It's great news for parents of kids who suffer with the condition and are often forced to trust others, like school nurses and coaches, when their little ones aren't in their care. 

Also, anyone who relies on an inhaler would probably agree it would be a blessing not to have to carry one everywhere or depend on it. 

Let's hope this existing drug proves effective and asthma sufferers can breathe a little easier in the near future.

Do you or your children suffer from asthma? 


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