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ASM GM 2011 - Hot Topics in Diagnostic Microbiology: Chlamydia and Asthma

 

While the pathogen Chlamydia pneumoniae has been linked to asthma in the past, new research finds over two-thirds of people with severe asthma test positive for Chlamydia-specific antibodies, suggesting this antigen could be a good biomarker for detecting those at risk for asthma.  Additional research finds that, in some cases, antibiotic therapy could improve asthma symptoms.

  • Eduard Drizik, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

 

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