Asthma is one of the fastest growing diseases of the
modern world. In the UK alone some 5.2 million people are affected
by the illness and in many countries it is the single largest
contributor to work/school days lost.
For the majority of sufferers the condition is little more than
an inconvenience – but for some it is life threatening.
Patients who don’t respond to steroid treatment suffer
repeated asthma attacks, and are at greater risk of dying from the
Now King’s College London researchers, based at the
MRC-Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, have found
that vitamin D3 could substantially improve the responsiveness of
these patients to steroid treatment – at last offering them
hope of an improvement in their condition.
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