Patt Morrison for December 28, 2009

Asthma, allergies and children

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Puff, Puff... ASTHMA?

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have isolated a gene linked to asthma susceptibility in children. The research could uncover a connection between asthma and allergies and help establish new treatment options for the nearly 6 million children who suffer from asthma. The American Lung Association is hailing the research because according to their research less than half of the 22 million asthmatics in the U.S. are properly managing their condition. Could this new research change the way we treat asthma?

Guest:

Hakon Hakonarson, director of the center for applied genomics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


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