New Asthma Drug Stops Attacks
03
October

By Adem Lewis / in , , /


THE START OF PHASE 2, A REMINDER, SAN ANTONIO IS IN PHASE 3 OF THE BLUE BELL RETURN. URSULA: IMAGINE STRUGGLING TO FILL YOUR LUNGS WITH AIR AND WITH EACH BREATH, FEELING LIKE YOU’RE SUFFOCATING. THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING TO MORE THAN 18 MILLION AMERICANS THAT SUFFER WITH ASTHMA. MEDICATIONS, SHOT, INHALERS, STEROIDS, THEY ALL HELP PEOPLE KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL IN MOST CASES BUT FOR SOME PEOPLE, IT’S NOT ENOUGH. LESLIE MOUTON REPORTS, THERE IS A NEW DRUG, THOUGH, THAT MAY GET THEM BREATHING EASIER AGAIN. LESLIE: NO MATTER WHAT ROXANNE McWILLIAMS IS DOING, SHE ALWAYS KNOWS WHERE HER INHALER IS. I MAY BE OUTSIDE AND SOMEONE IS CUTTING GRASS AND THEN BOOM, THERE IT IS. LESLIE: FOR SOME, INHALERS AND STEROIDS DON’T WORK. RESEARCHERS IN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE HAVE FOUND A NEW DRUG TO PREVENT ATTACKS FROM HAPPENING. IT GOES AFTER THE MOLECULES THAT CAUSES ASTHMA. SO THE ANTIBODY IS A PROTEIN IN THAT INJECTION THAT WILL BIND UP ALL OF THOSE MOLECULES IN YOUR BLOODSTREAM AND DOESN’T ALLOW THAT MOLECULE THEN TO BIND TO YOUR LUNG TISSUE TO BIND TO YOUR WINDPIPE SO IT CAN’T CAUSE THE INFLAMMATION. URSULA: AN INJECTION ONCE A MONTH WAS GIVEN TO HARD-TO-TREAT ASTHMA PATIENTS. THE INFLAMMATION WENT DOWN AND THEY HAD A 50% REDUCTION IN SEVERE ASTHMA ATTACKS. TAKES SOME OF OUR SEVERE ASTHMA PATIENTS FROM BEING REALLY OUT OF CONTROL TO BEING WELL CONTROLLED. LESLIE: COMPARED TO STEROIDS, THERE ARE A FEW SIDE EFFECTS, A RISK OF INFECTION AT THE INJECTION SITE. STEROIDS WORK WITHIN TWO HOURS. THE NEW DRUG TAKES TWO WEEKS TO WORK. BUT ROXANNE SAID, IT WOULD BE WORTH THE WAIT. THAT ABILITY TO NOT HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT, NOT TO HAVE TO WORRY, NOT TO HAVE THAT THREAT OF ILLNESS HAPPEN WOULD JUST BE


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