I just read a story that researchers have discovered the cause of asthma. The article said the researchers are 'incredibly excited'. The researchers are from Cardiff University, Kings College (in the UK) and also the Mayo Clinic in the U.S.
The study was completed in the UK, and researchers were able to identify the calcium-recepting sensor (CaSR). The researchers also found that if they used a certain class of drugs on the CaSR (calcilytics) they were able to block the sensor. Calcilytics are used now on osteoporosis (for people with brittle bones) but they are finding that is also works for asthma.
They said that they can reduce the calcium level in the cells, which makes them less 'twitchy' - and that is the root cause an asthma attack.
You can watch a video that explains the research
I am so glad that there are great minds out there researching the cause of asthma, new treatments.......and dare I say some day they may discover a cure for asthma?!