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Severe asthma is ‘different’

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Patients with severe asthma may have a different form of the disease, according to research on more than 750 patients, half with severe and half with mild-to-moderate asthma.

The study, to be published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, showed those with more severe asthma were significantly more likely than other to have air trapped in their lungs as they tried to exhale.

‘That tells us something different is going on in people classified as having severe asthma, either psychologically or in the airways that are affected,’ the authors said.

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