Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Schiesti: We studies whether asthma has any effect on peripheral blood and we found that it significantly increased DNA double strand breaks, single strand breaks, oxidative DNA damage, inflammation and oxidative protein damage.
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Schiesti: That asthma is more damaging to the body than previously thought. Since oxidative DNA damage and oxidative protein damage is induced it would make sense to take antioxidants.
Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Schiesti: Whether antioxidants reduce the systemic effect from asthma. Whether our new medicine that induces DNA repair reduces such genotoxicity in the peripheral blood.