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Asthma occurs when an allergen molecule such as pollen is bound by an antibody called IGE. This results in immune cells releasing chemicals which constrict the lung's tubes. An asthma medication recently approved by the FDA works by binding to the IGE and removing it before it can cause problems. The same medication may be effective for allergy sufferers as well. This drug also causes fewer side effects than most current asthma drugs.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Kuam News
About: New asthma drug has novel approach
Date: 27 December 2004
Source: Kuam News
Author: Zita Taitano
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