OHIO — The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion shows that nearly 10% of Ohioans had asthma in 2021.
Now, there’s new research that’s looking to help them in a big way.
A team of doctors and researchers at the University of Cincinnati have been working on study to help discover better treatment for asthma.
Through their study, they found that a protein called interleukin 31 receptor is what is needed to help people with asthma breathe easier. And now they’re looking to see what other elements are needed to make it effectively work for treatment.
“We need to understand where that binding is happening,” said Dr. Satish Madala, University of Cincinnati professor of internal medicine. “So then we can develop a drug molecule that can prevent that interaction. So that so we can uncouple these interactions that drive that contractility. So then that molecule becomes a therapy for these patients.”
The researchers have been working with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on this study and plan to continue doing more research in the future.