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Clinical Review

The future of asthma

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 04 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:45
  1. Ian P Hall, National Asthma Campaign senior research fellow (ian.hall{at}
  1. a Department of Therapeutics, University Hospital, Nottingham NG7 2UH


    Reports in the media describing the discovery of “the asthma gene” or “a new vaccine for asthma” may be inaccurate and often raise patients' hopes unjustifiably. This article is a personal view of key areas in current asthma research, and it examines how they may impinge on the care of asthmatic patients in the next decade. I have tried to explain the thinking behind some of the approaches under study. I discuss the potential contributions of genetic studies, immunological approaches, and new therapeutic approaches.

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