Asthma advancements discovered by Australian researchers

At the University of Newcastle and the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Asthma and Airways, researchers have made a major breakthrough that might just revolutionize the way asthma and other inflammatory diseases are treated.

Though the blocking of malfunctioning microRNA molecules, Professor Paul Foster*, Associate Professor Joerg Mattes* and a team of young CRC scientists have found a way to stop inflammation for the first time, which is “the main cause of asthma and other chronic diseases.”

“MicroRNA molecules regulate protein production in human cells. When the molecules malfunction they cause an imbalance in protein levels leading to an inflammation in the body. This inflammation can manifest as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis or a number of other conditions.”

It is based on this that Professor Foster thinks they can isolate the cause instead of the symptoms of asthma, which is suppressed by puffers or inhaled steroids. He also believes they might be able to stop rheumatoid arthritis.

The next step? testing with human tissue

We hope the Aussies do find a cure


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