Research Leads to Greater Understanding of Asthma

The BBC has reported that research into genetics could lead to a test to predict whether or not the effects of asthma will abate as sufferers age.

Scientists have found that people who have a higher genetic risk of asthma were 36% more likely to have it develop into adulthood and for it to become more serious. However, the breakthrough is too soon to be used reliably in clinical trials. Asthma UK believes the findings could be used to recognise those at risk of debilitating asthma into adulthood.

A leading member of the study, Dr Daniel Belsky, believes that whilst the study cannot be used yet to predict whether people will develop asthma, he does feel that the research could lead to a fuller understanding of the condition.

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