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Asthma can Be Checked, Experts are Confident

Moses Maimonides the physician to the Islamic King Saladin in 1150AD said about Asthma –

"I have no magic cure to report, all I have in mind is a rational conduct of life//."

The basic principle on how to control this chronic disease which affects almost 300 million worldwide remains the same as was prophesied by Maimonides. Asthma is perhaps the most commonly discussed respiratory disease after the common cold. The word asthma is derived from a Greek work meaning 'breathlessness or panting" both of which accurately describe an attack of asthma.

The World Asthma Day's theme this year is,`You can control asthma.'

'The aim is to ensure that people understand the need to be on inhalers and maintenance dose of drugs," Dr. R.Narasimhan , chairman of the Respiratory Research Foundation of India, a non-governmental organization.

Control of asthma keeps throwing up new areas of research and at times continues to be an enigma. For instance, a new study suggests that the overuse of antibiotics in early childhood could be partly responsible for the alarming rise in asthma and allergies in recent years, a new study suggests. Another recent study suggests that Mediterranean diet, high in vegetables and fruit but low in saturated fat children brought up on vegetable-rich diet are less likely to be affected by asthma.

When a person with asthma comes into contact with something that irritates their airways (an asthma trigger), the muscles around the walls of the airways tighten so that the airways become narrower and the lining of the airways becomes inflamed and starts to swell. Sometimes sticky mucus or phlegm builds up which can further narrow the airways.

But it is not clear exactly what makes the airways of people with asthma inflamed in the first place. The inflamed airways may be due to a combination of things. We know that if other people in the family have asthma, the chance
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