New asthma relief treatment
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August

By Adem Lewis / in , , /


MEETING IN YPSILANTI. ♪ TO “GOOD HEALTH” WE GO. THE SCHOOL YEAR IS IN FULL SWING AND SO ARE SEASONAL RESPIRATORY VIRUSES. Ruth: AND THEY PUT CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA AT HIGH RISK. DR. FRANK McGEORGE IS HERE TO TELL YOU ABOUT A BRAND-NEW STUDY THAT MIGHT POINT TO A SOLUTION TO ALL OF THIS. Dr. McGeorge: YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS WITH ASTHMA, THE EARLY PART OF THE SCHOOL YEAR INTO WINTER IS A SPECIAL CHALLENGE. DOCTORS OFTEN HAVE TO CHALLENGE AND COACH KIDS WITH ASTHMA BECAUSE A COMMON COLD CAN LAND THEM IN THE E.R. THE ANSWER MIGHT BE A XHANG IN MEDICATION. STUDENTS WITH ASTHMA LIKE SERENITY WILLIAMS WORRY ABOUT THEIR ASTHMA DURING THE FALL AND WINTER. WHEN PEOPLE ARE COUGHING, I GET REALLY DEFENSIVE BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO GET SICK EITHER BECAUSE MY ASTHMA ACTS UP AND I CAN’T HANDLE IT. Dr. McGeorge: THEY MISS 14 1/2 MILE SCHOOL DAYS, AND MANY COME AT THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. THE MEDICATION CALLED HELP. THE DOCTOR IS AN ALLERGIST AT HENRY FORD HOSPITAL AND ONE OF THE STUDY’S COAUTHORS. IT IS REALLY A DRUG THAT CAN HELP PEOPLE STAY OUT OF TROUBLE DURING THAT SEVERE TIME OF YEAR AND MAY HAVE TO DO WITH VIRUSES. ONE OF THE AFFECTS THAT IT HAS IS ALSO COMBATTING ALLERGIES, BUT ALSO HAS EFFECTS IN COMBATTING VIRUSES, AS WELL. Dr. McGeorge: IT MIGHT BE A GAME CHANGER FOR KIDS, THERE ARE OTHER THINGS A CHILD SHOULD BE ON BEFORE IT’S CONSIDERED. IT OFTEN INCLUDES MAKING SURE THEY’RE ON THEIR HIGHER DOSES OF THE INHALED STEROIDS AND AN ANOTHER DRUG THAT IS LIKE A LONG-ACTING ALBUTEROL. Dr. McGeorge: IT COULD BE USED IN SEVERE ASTHMATICS AND ONLY FOR FOUR MONTHS FOR MAXIMUM BENEFIT. IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE, BETWEEN $1,000 TO $2,000 PER MONTH! Devin: THAT IS A TON. Dr. McGeorge: AND IF YOU


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