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TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Testosterone — the male sex hormone — may be the reason why so many more women have asthma than men, new research suggests.
The study found that testosterone suppresses an immune system cell involved in allergicasthma.
Allergic asthma is an inflammatory condition that causes the airways to swell, making it hard to breathe. The swelling and inflammation is triggered by an allergic reaction.
Before puberty, the condition is more common among boys than girls. Afterwards, however, it is twice as prevalent and more severe among women than men, the researchers explained.
“There is a very interesting clinical observation that women are more affected and develop more severe asthma than men, and so we tried to understand why this was happening,” said study leader Cyril Seillet, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia.
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