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Research Finding Could Revolutionize Asthma Treatment
Date:2/26/2009

n clinical trial is currently under way using the high blood pressure drug nadolol in patients with mild asthma.

Ms. Marion O. Sandler, Chairman of the Board of the American Asthma Foundation, points out that "Dr. Bond's findings are especially important at the present time, because there is a great need for new treatments for asthma." In December 2008, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel recommended that the FDA ban two inhaled drugs for use in asthma, because studies had shown an increased risk of hospitalization and asthma-related deaths. Notably, these two drugs have the opposite effect of beta blockers. Specifically, they clearly improve asthma in the short run, but if taken for long periods they may actually be harmful.

Dr. Bond is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston, Houston. In 2003, he received a three-year early excellence award from the American Asthma Foundation. The AAF sponsors research that investigates new theories about the underlying causes of asthma with the goal of improving treatment and preventing and curing the disease. Dr. Bond's colleagues included researchers at the University of Houston Department of Pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine, and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Information on Dr. Bond's research can be found on www.americanasthma.org.

Asthma is a chronic, complex disease that is a major public health problem. Nearly one in every 13 people in the United States has asthma -- more Americans than have coronary heart disease or cancer or Parkinson's Disease. Asthma is the most serious chronic disease of childhood and disproportionately strikes the poor.

The American Asthma Foundation is the only national advocacy group in the United States devoted solely to asthma. Acc
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