New Clues to How Colds Can Spur Asthma Attacks
Finding provides new target for drug development, experts say
"Asthma attacks are still a huge health care problem," according to the study's other lead author, Dr. Sebastian Johnston.
"Existing medication containing inhaled steroids are highly effective at controlling regular asthma symptoms, but during an attack the symptoms worsen and can lead to the patient going to hospital," Johnston, a professor from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London, explained in the college news release.
"This new study provides exciting results about potential ways to address this big unmet medical need. The next steps are to test blocking IL-25 in humans, and to investigate other possible pathways that could be important in asthma attacks and pool this knowledge to develop effective treatments," Johnston added.
About 235 million people worldwide have asthma, according to the World Health Organization.