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Smokers with asthma needed for new study

Baylor College of Medicine is one of 18 American Lung Association Asthma Research Centers across the country that is recruiting current cigarette smokers with a history of asthma for a six-week study.

“Some studies now suggest that smokers with asthma not only have worse asthma than non-smokers, but also may not respond to the usual asthma therapies,” said Dr. Nick Hanania, associate professor of medicine in the section of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at Baylor. “The first thing we advise smokers with asthma to do is to stop smoking, but if they continue to smoke, they need something that works for their asthma.”

Smokers between the ages of 18 and 50 with a history of asthma are needed for the study to identify whether the measures and questionnaires used for non-smokers with asthma fit for smokers with asthma. The study will include measuring the lung function and looking at patients’ asthma diaries, chest exams and symptoms. Patients will also be asked to fill out some questionnaires. The study will require two to three clinic visits. Patients will be compensated for their time and travel.

For more information or to take part in the study, call 713-798-2681 or email asthma@bcm.edu.