New Type Of Therapy Helps Control Asthma
22
August

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


THEY TARGET SOME OF THE CELLS AND CHEMICALS THAT LEAD TO THE INFLAMMATION AND HYPERREACTIVITY OF AIRWAYS IN A PATIENT WITH ASTHMA. RUN SOMETHING A TREAT FOR LYNN COCA. I FEEL LIKE I’M GETTING BACK TO MY FITNESS LEVEL. Reporter: LYNN STRUGGLED WITH SEVERE ASTHMA FOR YEARS. DESPITE STANDARD MEDICINE, SHE HAD DIFFICULTY EXERCISING AND EVEN WORKING UNTIL SHE TRIED BIOLOGIC THERAPY. BIOLOGICS ACTUALLY TARGET A SPECIFIC PATHWAY THAT’S CAUSING THE ASTHMA TO TRY TO TARGET IT SO THAT ASTHMA CAN GET CONTROLLED. Reporter: LYNN RECEIVES AN INJECTION OF BIOLOGIC THERAPY IN THE BACK OF HER ARM EVERY FOUR WEEKS AND IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG TO SEE RESULTS. WITHIN FIVE DAYS, I COULD TELL IN MY CHEST THAT I WAS NOT, LIKE, COUGHING AS MUCH. SO IT WAS PRETTY AMAZING. Reporter: RESEARCH SHOWS BIOLOGIC THERAPIES EFFECTIVELY CONTROL SEVERE ASTHMA RESULTING IN FEWER FLARE-UPS AND TRIPS TO THE HOSPITAL AND MAY EVEN REDUCE THE NEED FOR SOME ASTHMA MEDICINES. SOME PATIENTS WITH SEVERE ASTHMA THEY CAN BE, UM, ON HIGH DOSE ORAL STEROIDS TOO WHICH HAS SIGNIFICANT SIDE EFFECTS. SO THESE BIOLOGICS MIGHT REDUCE THE NEED FOR THE ORAL STEROIDS. Reporter: LYNN IS ACTIVE AND HAS HER LIFE BACK. I CAN ABSOLUTELY DO EVERYTHING THAT I COULD DO BEFORE I BECAME SICK. GOING TO THE STORE, HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE, CHASING THE DOGS. JUST EVERYDAY NORMAL LIFE IS TOTALLY 100% BETTER. Reporter: ASTHMA IS A VARIETY OF DISEASES WITH DIFFERENT CAUSES IN DIFFERENT PATIENTS SO NOT EVERY MEDICATION WORKS ON EVERY PATIENT WHETHER IT’S BIOLOGICS OR THAT GOLD STANDARD FOR ASTHMA INHALED STEROIDS SO IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF TRIAL AND


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