If you’re one of the 25 million people in the U.S. suffering from asthma, then you’re going to love this latest study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine regarding the chronic disease. According to a group of scientists at Cardiff University and King College London the root cause of asthma has finally been discovered. As a result, a cure could be on the way in as little as five years. Pretty exciting, right?
The scientists were able to determine that the calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) is what causes asthma. They used mice and human airway tissue from people with and without asthma. Furthermore, the scientists found that the CaSR causes the airways to become narrow and inflamed, leading to all of the symptoms of an asthma attack.
Even better, …
calcilytics – drugs that already exist – could be the solution. Calcilytics is a calcium receptor antagonist that’s used to treat bone deficiencies, such as osteoporosis.
Professor Daniela Riccardi of Cardiff University School of Biosciences had the following to say about the study:
“Our findings are incredibly exciting. If we can prove that calcilytics are safe when administered directly to the lung in people, then in five years we could be in a position to treat patients and potentially stop asthma from happening in the first place.”
Thanks to science, it looks like we’re one step closer to finding a cure for asthma!