Scientists find potential new therapy for hard-to-treat pediatric asthma patients

April 21, 2015 4:47 PM

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Scientists find potential new therapy for hard-to-treat pediatric asthma patients

Between 40 and 70 percent of childhood asthma patients don’t respond well to common treatment, but because doctors believe a variety of factors— from the environment to genetics— affect the condition, identifying those who are resistant before an attack occurs has proven challenging. But now, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital have discovered a specific genetic variance that may help predict whether a patient will respond to corticosteroids, the mainstay treatment for asthma attacks.

“We really wanted to get a sense of, ‘Is there a biomarker we could use to identify patients that respond and don’t respond [to treatment], and could that pathway give us some information as to what type of treatments could those patients respond to?’” study author Gurjit Khurana Hershey, director o...

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