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Device Solution Considered for Asthma

In recent years, device therapies have emerged in some treatment areas that had been the exclusive province of drug therapies. The latest is moderate to severe asthma. The Associated Press has a report on a new procedure called bronchial thermoplasty, which uses an ablation device to burn off lung tissue that is blocking the patient's ability to breathe. The therapy is too new for its long-term effects to be known, but doctors seem enthusiastic about it.

Typically, however, the article focuses only on the doctors experimenting with the treatment and doesn't even mention the manufacturer of the device -- Asthmatx, Inc. of Mountain View, CA.

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