When a disease such as asthma strikes millions of people around the world as asthma has, it almost always spurns studies by all different types of teams and entities. The fact is that without these sorts of studies, diseases would likely not only continue to grip the population, but in some cases could even mutate into new viruses that strike the populace with even more force.
Medical and biotechnical professionals have been at work on asthma for decades, and at this point, their results have been extremely encouraging. While no cure has yet been found, these sorts of studies over the years have allowed the medical community to learn about:
- Different types of asthma
- New medications for asthma
- Certain asthma triggers
- Management strategies for asthma
- Treatment options
Of course, the work is far from complete, but given the positive track record, no one should expect anything but the work to continue. Below are a few examples of asthma studies that have been done.
Interacting genetic loci cause airway hyperresponsiveness
Professionals labeled this study as 'groundbreaking' because it was one of the first to truly delve deeply into the realm of genetics in an attempt to locate the cause and a genetic disposition for asthma. Specifically, the study found that:
"We found a highly significant association with the trait when loci on both chromosomes 2 and 6 were inherited together." Additionally, ".when a pair wise scan for interactions was done, a highly significant association was found for the retained chromosome 2 and 6 regions."
In 2004, the Medical College of Wisconsin completed a study that showed extremely unexpected results. Basically, its conclusion was that children who lived on farms were less likely to develop asthma than their rural but non-farm counterparts of a similar age. Specifically, the study found that:
"We found that if you lived on a farm only when you were more than five years old, the rate of wheezing was 35.9% (of the total population in the study). But if you lived on a farm both before and after you were five years old, the rate is 23.7%. That translates to a 50% reduction in asthma among children who lived on farms both before and after the age of five."
Obviously, these are only two of the hundreds of active studies happening at any given time. However, as this shows, the more we learn, the closer we get to minimizing the effects of this disease and perhaps move even closer to a cure.