Doctors Research New Treatments for Severe Asthma
BRIGHMAN AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL
Chronic asthma sufferers may have new hope for relief due to two new research studies that are getting underway at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Researchers from BWH’s Asthma Research Center are exploring whether two new therapies will relieve asthma symptoms. In the first clinical trial, volunteers with mild to moderate asthma will be randomly selected to receive vitamin D, along with an asthma controller medication, while others will be selected at random to receive a placebo. Researchers believe that vitamin D might play an important role in reducing the inflammation that interferes with breathing. In the second clinical trial, participants with hard-to-control asthma will be randomly selected to receive a medication called Imatinib or a placebo. Imatinib is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat leukemia, but researchers hypothesize that it could also benefit asthma sufferers because it works by targeting specific cells that may also play a role in asthma and inflammation. Learn more at http://bit.ly/L00vPd.