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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:26 am 

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A treatment using radio frequency-induced heat to ease asthma symptoms when drugs don't work could be commercially available by spring, researchers said here.

The method -- dubbed bronchial thermoplasty -- had equivalent efficacy across three randomized clinical trials, according to Curig Prys-Picard, MBBS, PhD, of the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, and colleagues.

In those studies, four out of five patients had an increase of at least half a point on the Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire, Prys-Picard reported at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Such an increase is regarded as the clinically significant minimal difference in an individual patient, Prys-Picard said. "You would feel better" with such a change, he said.


PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:04 pm 
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Interesting, it sounds like they are treating airway remodelling an outcome of poorly controlled asthma and not really treating the asthma though.

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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