A Breakthrough in Asthma Treatment

Research led by Dr. Pawan Sharma from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research has found that the stimulation of bitter taste receptors – using substances found in tonic water and anti-malarial medicine – negates features of allergic asthma in mice.

But what doe this mean for the 1 in 9 Australians living with asthma, a condition that can be controlled but not cured? Is the solution really as simple as sipping on a few extra gin and tonics? Nic spoke with Dr. Sharma this morning to find out.
UTS, the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center joined forces to conduct this research.

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