Updated: 08/01/2014 20:16

Anti-malarial drug effective in controlling asthma: NUS study



Anti-malarial drug effective in controlling asthma: NUS study

A study by a team from the National University of Singapore, NUS, shows that a common herbal-based anti-malarial drug called artesunate is effective in controlling asthma. 

The team, led by Associate Professor Fred Wong from the Department of Pharmacology at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, discovered that the drug has better treatment outcomes than other drugs, usually steroids, currently available for asthma sufferers. 

NUS says the team will further explore the effects of artesunate for asthma, as well as for other medical conditions. 

They also intend to work with industry partners to test the effects of the drug on asthmatic patients. 

Another member of the team, Dr Eugene Ho, is furthering his research and hopes to discover more benefits of the drug and accelerate its adoption for clinical tests.

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