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Pill Made From Dust Mites May Offer Relief From Asthma

by VR Sreeraman on February 4, 2012 at 2:47 PM
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 Pill Made From Dust Mites May Offer Relief From Asthma

A pill made from a protein found in dust mites could revolutionize asthma treatment, according to a research.

According to the Daily Mail, the pill works by re-tuning the immune system in asthmatics so it does not overreact when a person is exposed to mite droppings, which are one of the leading causes of asthma attacks.

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Dust mite droppings typically prompt the immune system to produce antibodies, which cause a large-scale release of the chemical histamine. Histamine, in turn, causes irritation and swelling of the airways, Fox News reported.

By exposing people to small amounts of a protein found in mite droppings, the researchers said they could essentially re-tune the immune system to stop interpreting the proteins as a threat and thus prevent the rush of histamine.
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The British newspaper said early trial results indicate people who take the pill every day substantially reduce their use of steroidal inhalers.

In a study of 600 asthma sufferers, one in three were able to stop using their inhalers.

"We know some people find inhalers difficult to use, and asthma medicines can have side-effects if taken in high doses or for a long time, so we look forward to when this research can be translated into an alternative treatment," Leanne Metcalf from Asthma UK told the paper.

Source: ANI
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