The Potential for a Cure for Asthma
Any disease that's been in existence for centuries can be reasonably classified as a medical mystery. Since the earliest mention of asthma in history dates back to the earliest days of ancient Egypt and China, people have been working towards finding a cure for asthma. To date, no cure has been found, but substantial progress has been made. Below is a look at how a cure for asthma could be reached, but as of now no real breakthrough has been achieved that will immediately lead to a cure.
The First Step towards a Cure
If the medical science community is ever to find a cure for a disease, it always starts with locating a cause. To date, no singular cause has been identified, but that doesn't mean progress hasn't been made. Specifically, several potential causes have already been identified, and these are based on the results of hundreds of exhaustive studies.
- Genetics – One study in particular has identified a genetic grouping that is a common characteristic in asthma patients.
- Environment – Some studies have shown that exposure to secondhand smoke and other materials such as dust and chemical vapors has shown a higher tendency for children to develop asthma.
- Psychology – A few studies have also concluded that those with more of a tendency to suffer from stress and anxiety are more prone to having and/or developing asthma.
The Second Step – Refine the Research
After a few potential causes were identified, asthma studies began to turn more towards the cure based on these causes. Basically, no more were studies 'shots in the dark' in terms of finding a cure, as identified causes give every study towards a cure a starting point. In recent years, more studies than ever have looked more closely at the long-term treatment options and effects of asthma based on a person's original environment or genetic makeup.
The Final Step – The Breakthrough
All that remains at this point is that one big break that helps to pave a path towards a cure for asthma. While no one could ever place numerical odds on such an occurrence, many diseases have progressed to this point in terms of learning, research and treatment techniques and have ultimately been cured, with polio being a prime example. However, others such as cancer have also progressed to this point in many ways and remain uncured.
The bottom line is that there is potential for a cure, but only if the public at large stays involved with awareness efforts and funding for additional research. It is possible that we will all live to see asthma permanently relegated to the medical history books.