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Treatment of asthma through the ages

Discover how our understanding of asthma has changed through the years and find out how modern-day asthma treatments have developed over time.

Asthma has probably been recognised as a medical condition since the second millennium BC. The term asthma is derived from the Greek word meaning short drawn breath or panting. Early treatments have included crocodile and camel excreta, powdered millipedes and the dung of stallions. Treatment of asthma has been largely symptomatic to reduce the symptoms of wheezing and many of the current reliever treatments have their origins in traditional medicines used for many centuries. Medicine has seen significant advances in our understanding of the mechanisms and treatment of asthma, particularly over the last 20 years, but asthma still remains a very significant burden to the healthcare system, with 5.4 million people in the UK suffering from asthma. However, the future looks promising as ongoing research is increasingly trying to identify subjects at risk of asthma as early as possible in life and to find truly preventative treatments such as vaccination.


Prof Clive Page | talks


Date and Time:

26 November 2010 at 7:45 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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