Breathing new life into asthma research

PATIENTS with severe, steroid-insensitive asthma need help dealing with their condition but GPs and respiratory specialists alike can feel powerless, with ­little to offer in the way of treatment.

Hope may lie around the corner for these patients, however, as work being done by Professor Phil Hansbro and Professor Peter Gibson, both based at the Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle, could lead to better ways to treat the disease.

The Newcastle professors think they may be on the brink of finding therapies to benefit these patients, and it