Can CPAP therapy help asthma patients?
WASHINGTON – The American Lung Association is recruiting asthma patients for a study examining whether CPAP therapy can also improve asthma control. “If CPAP is to be found effective, this will introduce an entirely new way to treat asthma without medication,” stated Robert Wise, MD, director of the association’s Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC), in a press release. “If we can reduce the number of inhalers and the frequency of inhaled rescue medication with this new treatment, it will not only relieve the burden of asthma but improve quality of life.” In 2011, it was estimated that 25.9 million Americans had asthma, including 7.1 million children. Asthma is the cause of nearly 11 million ambulatory physician encounters and 440,000 hospitalizations annually, according to the release. The ACRC is recruiting non-smokers between the ages of 15-60 with a history of asthma for its four-month study.