New treatment may tackle virus-induced asthma

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New treatment may tackle virus-induced asthma

Inhaling antiviral proteins could prevent severe attacks caused by the common cold. 14 August 2006

Richard Van Noorden

No one likes a cold, but the virus is especially dangerous for asthma sufferers, in whom it can trigger severe asthma attacks. Now research published in Nature Medicine1 shows that asthmatics' low levels of particular antiviral proteins are to blame. The finding suggests a new way to treat virus-induced acute asthma attacks: let the patient inhale the relevant proteins.

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