Groundbreaking Asthma Treatment Tested in Houston
Posted by Craig on Wednesday, December 06, 2006

9/11 volunteer rescue worker Alvin Pieper has asthma because of the dust at Ground Zero.

"The first two days there weren’t any masks,” Pieper said. “They say my lung capacity is 70 to 80 percent of what it should be.”

Now Pieper is part of an international study that uses a bronchoscope and thermal energy to eliminate the main reason asthma patients wheeze and sneeze.

“The smooth muscle in the airway wall is too active - it clamps down and makes breathing passages narrow,” explains Dr. William Lunn.

Using thermal energy, Dr. Lunn will reduce the amount of smooth tissue to help patients breathe easier.

“The patients are then able to take just maintenance medication, and they’re not having to take rescue inhalers,” he said. “They can have a normal life.”

Researchers believe the effects of the treatment will last three to five years. Pieper hopes it will get him off the couch and jogging again.

You can read the full story at Texas Cable News.

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