New Study Could Help Improve Asthma Treatments

October 2, 2014 8:24 AM

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Scientists have long understood that roughly 85 percent of all asthma attacks are the result of other infections within the airways. Rhinoviruses—the common cold—are particularly guilty of causing them. For people who suffer from asthma, this is a terrible thing, as rhinoviruses are everywhere; many people carry the virus and never even have a symptom.

While doctors have always believed these two are associated, they could not necessarily pinpoint how a rhinovirus infection triggers the inflammation associated with an asthma attack. During an asthma attack the airways become obstructed and the body ramps up mucus production, in a condition known a...

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