Newcastle scientists have made an international breakthrough that has led them to create treatments shown in lab tests to stop asthma attacks.

Scientists from the Hunter Medical Research Institute led an international team of paediatric and respiratory researchers who have discovered the unique role two proteins in the lungs have in triggering asthma attacks.

They found that when these two lung proteins come into contact with the common cold virus and dust mites, the two main asthma triggers, they work together to unleash a chain of events that lead to an asthma attack.

The discovery has already helped them develop therapeutic treatments shown in laboratory tests on mice to prevent and treat asthma.

Their work is expected to be published today in the prestigious medical journal Nature Medicine.

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