One of the silver linings to the fact that asthma has now reached epidemic proportions worldwide is that a lot of money is poured into research on asthma, its causes and its treatments. So, there are always new study reports being released. And as a result, treatment is moving forward at a steady pace. It's my dream that a cure for asthma will eventually be found. But we're not quite there yet.
Still, lots of encouraging work IS being done. So, let's take a look at some of the latest research:
The TRPA1 Protein Could Hold the Key to Preventing Asthma FlareUps
TRPA1 is a substance called an ion channel protein. It has previously been found in mice that TRPA1 controls sensitivity for irritants such as cigarette smoke and certain other chemicals that can trigger asthma. It has been found in airway nerve cells. And it is known to control pain and irritation and trigger coughing and sneezing.
The latest research found that mice who lacked the gene for TRPA1 had ...
Stress can wreck havoc on your health. And if you have asthma, you no doubt know that stress can cause asthma symptoms. The signs and symptoms of stress range from the benign to the dramatic – from simply feeling tired at the end of the day to having a heart attack. Researchers estimate that 75 percent to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for complaints and conditions that are, in some way, related to stress. And every week, approximately 112 million people take some form of medication for stress-related symptoms. Combine stress and asthma, and the result can be shortness of breath, panic attacks, a feeling of anxiousness, and a whole lot of worrying. In short, when stress rears its ugly head and you have asthma, you may trigger an asthma attack.“Asthma can be set off by stress, but I am not sure that anyone fully understands why,” says Dr. Marjorie L. Slankard, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Ph...
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