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Asthma sufferers are less able to fight off viral infections due to an inherent deficiency in interferons, immune mediators that assist in the removal of virus infected cells. By providing interferons as a treatment, researchers are hoping to reduce the morbidity of viral diseases in asthmatics, including the common cold.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Imperial College London
About: New antiviral treatment proposed for asthmatics
Date: 17 July 2005
Source: Imperial College London
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