Sunday Links: Asthma Research Edition
A recent medical procedure in the family (not the girls’ and not serious) makes these a day late.
Asthma and Allergy Drugs to Treat Causes, not Symptoms, on the Horizon
And by horizon, I mean a few years from now. This new London research indicates that targeting a specific protein involved in the allergic response will prevent those allergic symptoms from occurring, potentially offering a new and truly preventative type of asthma and allergy drug. Human trials haven’t started yet, but researchers hope for an eventual tablet, inhaler, and topical cream using this approach.
And For the Curious, Some Off-the-Beaten Path Asthma Research
This San Francisco Chronicle article doesn’t explain just one study. Instead, it’s an engrossing look into some of the more unusual areas of California-based asthma research, including theories like these:
– A certain type of cold may permanently alter newborns’ and young infants’ immune systems, causing some asthma cases.
– Daily probiotics for high-risk babies may prevent some asthma.
Don’t miss the links at the bottom, either, because they’ll direct you to the asthma centers conducting these studies.
I like this article enormously because I think–I hope–the more scientists reach for the long-shot theories, the closer we get to better asthma treatments and an ultimate cure.
Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.
-Marston Bates (American zoologist, 1906 – 1974)