‘Biologics’: Bright (and pricey) future of asthma treatment - Vero News
Asthma, according to Dr. Charles Fischman of the Steward Medical Group in Vero Beach, “is one of the few disease entities in the United States now that is on the increase,” which is not good news.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says upwards of 26 million Americans currently have this disease, and admits “we don’t know why” the number of cases are climbing.
Fischman, who describes himself as “one of a handful of living pulmonary immunologists who have done both pulmonary, and allergy and immunology fellowships and are board-certified in both areas,” concurs.
“We think it is probably environmental,” Fischman says, “possibly sick buildings, possibly pollution, possibly urban sprawl causing higher pollen counts, but we don’t really know.”