Can asthma be cured?

In 2017 we do not yet have a cure for asthma.  We do have very effective medications that keep asthma under control, so that people with asthma can often be free of all symptoms for long periods of time. However, even then, asthma is not cured. If a person stops the...

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If you have asthma, should you be sailing?

If your asthma is out of control – with coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath – it would not be safe to be sailing alone around the world.  However, Rich Wilson has worked hard to keep his asthma under good control.  He takes his medications for asthma every...

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Teamwork, Perseverance & Asthma

When Rich Wilson was growing up, there were many mis-understandings about asthma. Many people still believed that asthma – with its cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest – was a psychological disease. Children with asthma were advised to sit...

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Q&A: Dr. Chris Fanta

What are you working on now? I have two exciting asthma-related projects that are currently the focus of my attention, and they are very different in the ways that they might potentially help people deal with their asthma. One project involves the creation of a...

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Q&A: What is Asthma?

Q: Anna, Shanghai, China A: "Asthma is a respiratory disease. It manifests itself primarily as inflammation of the airways, and constriction of the airways, primarily the bronchial tubes in the lungs. Patients may have various "triggers" for their asthma, or things...

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Chris Fanta 醫生

合作夥伴哮喘中心 (Partners Asthma Center)

「選擇職業對我來說並不容易。 我在大學裡喜歡閱讀和撰寫與英國文學相關的創作。 分析 Christopher Marlowe 的戲劇和 Henry James 的小說對我來說是種挑戰,這也激起了我的求知慾。 但我同時還修習了生物、化學和物理課程,準備像我父親一樣從事醫學行業。  當讓我在這兩種職業之間做選擇時,我的內心很是掙扎。 最終,我想以一種實際的方式協助有需要的人,所以我選擇了醫學院。 回想起來,我做了一個正確的選擇。 我的很多同事認為,治病救人對我而言是一種使命而不僅僅是一份工作。無論遇到什麼疾病,我在任何時候都會竭盡全力地去減輕患者的痛苦。 我無法想像,我在過去的 40 年裡以任何其他方式度過我的職業生涯。

「另一方面,選擇肺科專業是我深思熟慮之後的結果,而非一次偶然機會。 我在醫院接受培訓期間最崇拜的醫生就是肺科專家。 我想像他們一樣:智慧、有能力、精通各種醫學知識。 肺科專家能夠治療重症監護病房裡的的患者,直接使用機械呼吸機協助需要使用呼吸機維持生命的患者,並在門診行醫,治療各種「耐人尋味」的疾病。 那時候引入了一種特殊的新(1970 年代中期)方法,其使用帶燈的攝影機查看人們的呼吸道和肺部,被稱為纖維支氣管鏡;我非常想學習如何使用它。 我被迷住了。

「我的肺科導師在一家位於麻塞諸塞州波士頓的醫院(當時被稱為 Peter Bent Brigham Hospital)工作,他是治療哮喘方面的知名專家。 他們的研究有助於解釋為什麼運動可以觸發易感人群的哮喘發作,他們還揭示了健康肺和患病肺的工作方式。 這是很自然的,就像一個學徒學習一門手藝,我想從他們那兒學到盡可能多的東西,特別是有關哮喘的知識。 他們的工作主要是走向了研究,藉此獲得有關哮喘的新知識和新認識。 我的工作最終使我開始關注哮喘患者,並致力於協助這些患者更輕鬆地呼吸,並讓他們追隨自己的夢想,實現自己的目標…像了不起的 Rich Wilson 一樣。」

 

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