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Monday, January 25, 2016

Found the cause for asthma?

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My friend saw an article in BBC news and shared it with me. I may have blogged about this already last year, but this a new article that says:

"Scientists at Cardiff University have identified the potential root cause of asthma for the first time, along with a new treatment."
Say what?? The article, titled "Cardiff University Scientists discover asthma's root cause"  is short, but says that the scientists have found the cause of asthma, a calcium recepting sensor - or CaSR.

They said they could use a drug that is already available, called calcilytics   
(those drugs are used to treat people that have bone-density problems like osteoporosis)

 And I had to listen to the video from Professor Daniela Riccardi about 3 times before I could figure out what she was saying. (Come on scientist - use regular people talk so we can figure out what you are saying!)

Anyway, check out the article and let me know what you think

Happy breathing!


8 comments:

  1. Try BetterAir. It helps reduce asthma attacks due to the fact that it takes away food from allergens.

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  2. Try BetterAir. It helps reduce asthma attacks due to the fact that it takes away food from allergens.

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  3. I have been coughing alot at night lately and my pulmonologist said my allergy medicine is too weak. I have been on clarinex but he now wants me to start allegra. I am also on hydroxyzine for anxiety which is actually metabolized into zyrtec in the body. So I will be double antihistamined. He also started me on hypertonic saline in the nebulizer while doing the vest. Pulmozyme alone isn't enough. At least I have the luxury of having a mutation that will make kalydeco effective.

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    1. My daughter is on Allegra and Hydroxyzine too. It seems to help! I hope it helps you too!

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  4. On an unrelated note, I went through the temple for the first time on Jan 29.

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  5. Another point is people with asthma are at a higher risk for osteoporosis from steroid use. http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone/Osteoporosis/Conditions_Behaviors/asthma.asp

    I have Addison's so I take prednisone several times a day. On top of that I have cf which also increases the risk. And it is hard getting the dose just right. You can't do a finger prick to test your cortisol levels like diabetes. I am very sensitive to any estrogen fluctuations and It causes mayhem in several body systems. That is affected by steroids so I have to be on the pill at a pretty high dose. Yeesh!!! And I forgot to mention, I got a job as a pharmacy tech in a facility that ships meds to nursing homes. Even though I have never worked in a "pharmacy" per se, I have tons of experience with taking so many meds

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    1. Ha! You probably recognize many of the medications you are shipping out! :)

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