Possible Treatments For Colds COPD and Asthma Could Come From Discovery That Genes Are Modified By HRV Infections

Possible Treatments For Colds COPD and Asthma Could Come From Discovery That Genes Are Modified By HRV Infections

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(Best Syndication News) Scientists have discovered that the common human rhinovirus (HRV) that causes 30 to 50 percent of all common colds is able to manipulate your genes, which in turn causes an over-reactive immune response. This could lead to a cure for viral infections that affect the nose and throat, but could also lead to treatments for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma (see treatment videos below).

“This is the first comprehensive picture to identify several groups of genes that are likely to contribute to the pro-inflammatory and antiviral response,” said David Proud, PhD, a professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Calgary. In essence, the HRV “hijacks” your genes.

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