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Potential new ways to treat and prevent asthma attacks

Research on cells that die during a cold has shown potential new ways to treat and prevent asthma attacks.
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Research on cells that die during a cold has shown potential new ways to treat and prevent asthma attacks

Researchers have discovered potential new ways to treat and prevent asthma attacks. Picture: iStockphoto

Researchers have discovered potential new ways to treat and prevent asthma attacks.

The researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Liège in Belgium wanted to see if a type of DNA, released as cells that die during a cold infection, could be causing the type-2 response that creates inflammation of the airways, leading to asthma attacks.

Nasal samples were taken from 11 healthy individuals and 23 with asthma before, during and after infection with a cold virus.

Proteins linked to a type-2 immune response were higher in asthmatics after they were infected with the virus. They also had higher levels of the double-stranded DNA, which is released as

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