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05/23/2006 03:32 AM ID: 54466 Permalink   

New Non-Drug Asthma Treatment Touted

 

Thousands of patients with hard-to-control asthma could be helped by a new radical experiment. Called bronchial thermoplasty, wires are actually guided inside the lungs to essentially burn off some of the tissue that blocks their ability to breathe.

"People still get very sick from asthma. People still die of asthma. You'd think we'd have better control, but it seems to be escalating rather than going down. We have a real potential here... to influence a very common disease," said Dr. Simoff.

Repeated asthma attacks thicken muscle so airways can become narrowed, and this causes the muscle to become even more sensitive to asthma triggers. Bronchial thermoplasty may get rid of half of that muscle to enable the airways to act more normal.

 
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  what about the muscle?  
 
That MUSCLE you are talking about is needed in aiding the ability to swallow and breathe... You burn off that muscle and it could possibly cause reverse side effects like NOT BEING ABLE TO SWALLOW and NOT BEING ABLE TO HANDLE A SNEEZE or NOT BEING ABLE TO HICCUP(which is sometimes necessary)
 
  by: kasper5150   05/23/2006 06:18 AM     
  actually  
 
i heard about this (about 6 months ago or more) or something deadly similar to this, from what i heard its doesn't burn the tissue, it heats up the muscle to loosen it...

and yes i had similar concerns about it.
 
  by: HAVOC666     05/23/2006 06:23 AM     
  older than you think  
 
this has been done safely and effectively by people from other planets for centuries now. i'm glad to hear we're finally catching up. i have been traveling to alpha centurai for asthma treatment for the last six years.
 
  by: reverend j roach     05/23/2006 10:21 AM     
  This muscle  
 
has nothing to do with swallowing. The procedure is done INSIDE the lungs--not the esophagus. "SNEEZE or NOT BEING ABLE TO HICCUP" has nothing to do with it either. We are talking about the bronchial tubes, not the diaphragm or stomach sphincter muscle.
 
  by: lurker     05/23/2006 02:39 PM     
  Darned Interesting  
 
Really interesting approach will be wanting to know the outcome on all this.
 
  by: captainJane     05/25/2006 01:55 PM     
  I hope this works  
 
I have tired a half dozen different medications and combinations thereof trying to get relief, and nothing seems to help, so I'd be thrilled if this actually works.
 
  by: lysmix   05/29/2006 04:56 PM     
 
 
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