Perhaps because we’ve come to take technological marvels like cellphones and virtual assistants for granted, the public as a whole might be surprised at what modern medicine can’t do — yet, at least.
Take asthma. Some people might assume that it can be cured.
While that’s not the case, we do have excellent treatment regimens that can keep symptoms well-controlled in the vast majority of people who are living with the condition.
There are likely a number of reasons for that. One contributing factor: some people may not realize that having to use a rescue inhaler more than three times a week, or coughing or wheezing on most days of the week are indicators asthma isn’t adequately controlled.
My heartfelt thanks to the interviewees who so generously shared their time and expertise:
- Dr. Andrea Gershon, a respirologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute; senior core scientist, lung health lead at ICES, and associate professor at the University of Toronto.
- Dr. Parmeswaran Nair, the Frederick E. Hargreave Teva Innovation Chair in Airway Disease and professor of medicine in McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, and a staff respirologist and respirology researcher with the Firestone Institute of Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, in Hamilton, Ont.