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Breathe easier

作者:郎手    发布时间:2019-03-07 14:12:02    

A biodegradable coating for asthma drugs may mean sufferers won’t have to use their inhalers so often. The polymer coating, which dissolves in hours, covers inhaled glucocorticoids, which reduce the inflammation that can trigger lung spasms during an attack. While asthmatics use drugs such as Ventolin to rapidly open up their airways, glucocorticoids must be taken for days to weeks before their effects kick in. In experiments on rats, Guenther Hochhaus and his colleagues at the University of Florida found that coated glucocorticoids stayed in the lungs much longer so the drug kept on working. And as less of the drug leaked into the bloodstream,

 

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