[QODLink]
The Cure

Attacking asthma

How a revolutionary new treatment is helping those with severe asthma.

Last updated: 25 Jun 2014 08:43
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

More than 230 million people around the world struggle with asthma. With no cure and its causes still not fully understood, the chronic disease can even be life threatening. For those with severe asthma, options are often limited to medication such as high doses of steroids which themselves have serious side effects including osteoporosis, depression and weight gain.

A new procedure called bronchial thermoplasty, however, is offering asthma sufferers the chance of easing their daily burden without medication. Bronchial thermoplasty works by significantly reducing the amount of muscle around the airways which is usually thicker in asthma sufferers, by heating it to 65C. This pioneering new procedure has also been shown to almost halve the number of severe asthma attacks.

Join Dr Elizabeth Healey in the UK to see how the pioneering procedure is dramatically changing the lives of severe asthma sufferers for the better.

 

Watch  The Cure  on Tuesday: 0930; Wednesday: 0330; Thursday: 1630; Friday: 1930; Saturday: 1430; Sunday: 0430; Monday: 0830 GMT. 

Join the conversation on  Facebook  and on  Twitter

215

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.
join our mailing list