I’m phenotyped

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma phenotypes, Sally Wenzel, SARP, Severe asthma

Thanks to the efforts of theSARP researchers and the new era of severe asthma phenotyping, my particular flavor of the disease has finally been described. Drum roll please………………… It’s called “Long duration Th2 low/mast cell high with remodeling“, asthma. Sound like a bunch of googly gob? If so, here’s a brief refresher course on T-helper […]

PFTs Du Jour

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Asthma, Asthma medical tests, COPD, FEV1, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, SARP

For those interested, here are my latest spirometry results from last weeks SARP follow-up visit at UCSF last week. It’s kind of a bad-good-bad then good-good-bad story. Starting with the not so good news… my initial FEV1 was only 28% (.83 liters) this time. That’s down 4 percentage points from last years visit. The good […]

Not just Asthma, Severe Asthma!

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma phenotypes, Intubation, Severe asthma

Not to downplay the heartache and suffering that people with milder forms of asthma have to sometimes contend with; obviously it’s a big deal when you can’t breath, but the healthcare establishment needs to stop lumping all asthmatics together under the same general heading of “asthma”.This is a problem because severe asthma is not the […]

Lung Art

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Asthma, Bronchoscopy, Friends/Bloggers, Funny asthma stuff, lung anatomy, Lung physiology, Sally Wenzel, SARP, University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute

I thought this was so clever. A few months ago a good friend of mine from Toronto, asked me if I could she use one of the images I had of some mast cells and lung tissue that was collected from my airways during an earlier bronchoscopy. She was going to somehow use them for […]

Asthma Phenotypes

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Physician researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC are now using molecular and genetic information to identify asthma phenotypes and customize therapies in order to improve patient outcomes. If you have asthma and would like to contribute to this on going research, please consider volunteering for

Lunch with Sally

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma research, People, Places and Events, Sally Wenzel, SARP

Had the great fortune of having lunch last week with one of my most favorite people in the whole world. Dr Wenzel was in town for the annual AAAAI convention in San Francisco and managed to squeeze in some private time with me in between her busy presentation schedule. Although we keep in close contact […]