Video: Adult Onset Asthma: A Treatable Mystery
24
August

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


>>Ursula: IN THE HEALTH BEAT,
ABOUT 25 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE
ASTHMA AND THAT NUMBER CONTINUES
TO GROW. ONE IN 11 CHILDREN HAVE IT AND
ONE IN 12 ADULTS. WHILE MEDICAL RESEARCHERS STILL
DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT CAUSES
ASTHMA, THEY CAN TREAT IT BETTER
THAN EVER BEFORE. UNTIL A TRIP TO CHINA,
58-YEAR-OLD SCOTT COLLINS
ENJOYED RUNNING AND PLAYING
SPORTS WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS. BUT TEN YEARS AGO ON THAT TRIP
HE STARTED WHEEZING AND WAS
DIAGNOSED WITH ADULT-ONSET
ASTHMA.>>I REMEMBER FRIENDS OF MINE
WHEN I WAS A KID WHO HAD ASTHMA. THINKING ABOUT WHAT THAT WOULD
BE LIKE AND GLAD I DIDN’T HAVE
IT. AND SO FOR ME TO HAVE IT AND TO
GET IT AT THAT LATE STAGE REALLY
WAS A SHOCK.>>Ursula: BUT NOW SCOTT
CONTROLS HIS ASTHMA WITH AN
INHALER, REGULAR MEDICATION, AND
TRIPS TO SEE HIS DOCTOR.>>THE FACT IS THAT WE DON’T
KNOW WHY SOME PEOPLE HAVE IT AS
ADULTS. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT FACTORS OF
THE ENVIRONMENT THAT INTERACT
WITH THIS GENETIC
PREDISPOSITION.>>Ursula: RESEARCHERS SUSPE
VULNERABLE GENES TRIGGERED BY
AIR POLLUTION, VIR INFECTIONS
AND FUMES ARE WHAT BRING O
ASTHMA. HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS, WE HAVE
ADVANCED MEDICATIONS THAT
PREVENT OR SUPPRESS ATTACKS ALL
TOGETHER.>>IT IS ONE OF THE MOST
EXCITING TIMES IN MY
PROFESSIONAL CAREER AS WE ARE
POISED ON THE CREST OF THE WAY
TO UNDERSTAND WHY SOMEONE
DEVELOPS ASTHMA.>>Ursula: WITH HIS ASTHMA
CONTROLLED, SCOTT IS BACK ON
TRACK, RUNNING WITH A GREAT
OUTLOOK ON LIFE.>>YOU HAVE TO SAY I’M GOING TO
GO DO THIS. IT’S NOT GOING TO STOP ME.>>Ursula: NOW REMEMBER,
EXERCISE CAN INDUCE AN ASTHMA
ATTACK BUT WITH PROPER
MEDICATION AND MEDICAL
SUPERVISION, PEOPLE WHO H


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