The results of a recent study done by researchers at Cardiff University and Kings College London suggests that scientists have finally found the source of asthma symptoms. If future tests turn out as predicted, they should be able to prevent the symptoms in approximately five years.
The researchers identified specific cells in human lungs — calcium sensing receptor cells responsible for detecting environmental changes — that cause airway narrowing and inflammation during an asthma attack. Calcilytic drugs used in treating osteoporosis have been observed shutting down these types of cells in other studies. Facebook.com suggests that if the research can be verified, asthma sufferers around the world could regularly take calcilytics inhaled directly into the lungs to shut down the cells and stop their symptoms before they start.
Yet, many people, including asthma sufferers, are asking if shutting down these cells is the right thing. Although the cells are over-reactive and asthma can kill, the symptoms are the result of the lungs coming into contact, typically, with some form of pollution. Asthmatics may be a good example of a “canary in the coal mine” red flag scenario in which their “oversensitivity” is merely nature’s way of trying to tell them and the rest of humanity that there is currently far too much air pollution. Essentially, by shutting down the cells, scientists would be stopping asthmatics from noticing when they are breathing bad or even toxic air.