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New Asthma Biomarkers Identified from Lung Bacteria

While the microbiome has gained significant attention for its impact on digestive health in recent years, its effect on lung disease has largely remained unstudied. Dr. Patricia Finn says this is a missed opportunity. “The microbiome is the ecosystem of good and bad bacteria living in the body,” said Finn, the Earl M. Bane Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “Because the lungs continuously and automatically draw air, and any number of environmental agents, into the body, the composition and balance of microbes in the lungs may have a profound effect on many respiratory conditions.” New research from Finn and her colleagues in the UIC College of Medicine suggests that the lung microbiome plays a significant role in asthma severity and response to treatment.