New asthma medications
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August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , /


K CALLS THIS MIX-UP AN ISOLATED INCIDENT.>>>FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH SEVERE ASTHMA, EVERY BREATH CAN BE A STRUGGLE. BUT NOW THERE IS NEW HOPE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T BEEN HELPED BY STANDARD TREATMENTS. OUR HEALTH REPORTER HALEY HERNANDEZ REVEALS NEW MEDICATIONS SHOWING IMPRESSIVE RESULTS.>>Reporter: A YEAR AGO LYNN NEVER DREAMED SHE’D BE ABLE TO EXERCISE LIKE THIS,. HER SEVERE ASTHMA MADE JUST ABOUT EVERY ACTIVITY A CHALLENGE.>>I WOULD TAKE A FEW, YOU KNOW, FEW FEET RUNNING AND THEN IT WOULD BE LIKE, I COULDN’T DO IT SO MUCH.>>Reporter: LYNN TRIED INHALERS AND ORAL MEDS BUT NOTHING EASED HER SYMPTOMS.>>COULD NEVER QUITE UNDERSTAND WHY YOU KNOW, I COULDN’T GET RID OF ALL THIS CONGESTION.>>Reporter: THEN LYNN’S DOCTOR SUGGESTED SHE TRY SOMETHING NEW. A CLASS OF MEDICINES CALLED BIOLOGICS.>>FOR PATIENTS WITH SEVERE ASTHMA WHO HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FOR YEARS, THIS IS NOW THE TIME WHERE WE’RE SEEING SOME HOPE.>>Reporter: STANDARD TREATMENTS ONLY ADDRESS THE INFLAMMATION IN THE BODY. BIOLOGICS TARGETS SPECIFIC PATHWAYS THAT TRIGGER SYMPTOMS. THEY CAN ZERO IN ON AN ANTIBODY THAT’S KNOWN TO CAUSE A RESPONSE IN TEAM WITH ASTHMA.>>IF WE CAN FIGURE OUT WHICH PATHWAY IS PARTICULARLY CAUSING THE MOST PROBLEM, WE CAN TARGET THAT.>>Reporter: THERE ARE CURRENTLY THREE ON THE MARKET BUT MANY HORON IN DEVELOPMENT. IN CLINIC CAL TRIALS THESE DRUGS LOWERS ASTHMA FLASHUPS — FLARE-UPS. THEY ALSO LOWERED THE RATE OF HOSPITAL AND E.R. VISITS AND REDUCED THE NEED FOR STEROID DRUGS. LYNN REEVA RECEIVES A INJECTION EVERY FOUR WEEKS. SHE SAID SHE NOTICED IMPROVEMENT RIGHT AWAY.>>WITHIN THREE DAYS, YEAH. IT WAS PHENOMENAL.>>Reporter: NOW SHE CAN DO ANYTHING AND GO ANYWHERE WITHOUT HER ASTHMA HOLDING HER BACK.>>YOU GET YOUR LIFE BACK. TRULY. 100%>>Reporter: CANDIDATES FOR BIOLOGIC TREATMENT HAVE SEVERE STORMS OF ASTHMA THAT — FORMS


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