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 医生

合作伙伴哮喘中心 (Partners Asthma Center)

“选择职业对我来说并不容易。 我在大学里喜欢阅读和撰写与英国文学相关的创作。 分析 Christopher Marlowe 的戏剧和 Henry James 的小说对我来说是种挑战,这也激起了我的求知欲。 但我同时还修习了生物、化学和物理课程,准备像我父亲一样从事医学行业。  当让我在这两种职业之间做选择时,我的内心很是挣扎。 最终,我想以一种实际的方式帮助有需要的人,所以我选择了医学院。 回想起来,我做了一个正确的选择。 我的很多同事认为,治病救人对我而言是一种使命而不仅仅是一份工作。无论遇到什么疾病,我在任何时候都会竭尽全力地去减轻患者的痛苦。 我无法想象,我在过去的 40 年里以任何其他方式度过我的职业生涯。

“另一方面,选择肺科专业是我深思熟虑之后的结果,而非一次偶然机会。 我在医院接受培训期间最崇拜的医生就是肺科专家。 我想像他们一样:智慧、有能力、精通各种医学知识。 肺科专家能够治疗重症监护病房里的的患者,直接使用机械呼吸机帮助需要使用呼吸机维持生命的患者,并在门诊行医,治疗各种“耐人寻味”的疾病。 那时候引入了一种特殊的新(1970 年代中期)方法,其使用带灯的摄像机查看人们的呼吸道和肺部,被称为纤维支气管镜;我非常想学习如何使用它。 我被迷住了。

“我的肺科导师在一家位于马萨诸塞州波士顿的医院(当时被称为 Peter Bent Brigham Hospital)工作,他是治疗哮喘方面的知名专家。 他们的研究有助于解释为什么运动可以触发易感人群的哮喘发作,他们还揭示了健康肺和患病肺的工作方式。 这是很自然的,就像一个学徒学习一门手艺,我想从他们那儿学到尽可能多的东西,特别是有关哮喘的知识。 他们的工作主要是走向了研究,从而获得有关哮喘的新知识和新认识。 我的工作最终使我开始关注哮喘患者,并致力于帮助这些患者更轻松地呼吸,并让他们追随自己的梦想,实现自己的目标…像了不起的 Rich Wilson 一样。”

 

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