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FAU Researchers Investigate the Use of Over the Counter Supplements in Severe Asthma

BOCA RATON, FL (September 25, 2007) – Researchers in the department of biological sciences in Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science are currently conducting research on steroid resistant asthma patients who suffer from the long-term side effects of systemic steroids.   The goal of this research study is to find a simple way, using over-the-counter oral supplement therapies, to modify the management regime of severe asthma, and the proper type and amount of supplements that may decrease the need for immuno-suppressive systemic steroids.

 The research team is currently seeking participants from the age of 12 to 70 who suffer from severe asthma for this research study.   James Hartmann, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences, Amjad Munim, M.D., pulmonologist and former chief of medicine at Holy Cross Hospital, and doctoral students in the College of Science are the principle researchers for the project.

“Currently, there are more than 320 million people worldwide who have asthma,” said Munim. “The prevalence of this disease increases by 50 percent every decade. The severity of their condition results in poor quality of life that is reflected by missed days at school or work, and often shunning physical, social and outdoor activities. This condition also places significant burden on the caregivers and often leads to economic hardship for all involved.”

Holy Cross Hospital, one of the premier hospitals in South Florida and rated among the top 50 in the nation, is a participant in this study. The study will provide all aspects of clinical support, as well as emotional and physio-social support to the patients and their families for this project.

             To participate in the research study or for more information, contact Dr. James Hartmann at 561-706-7188 or, or Dr. Amjad Munim at 954-771-7900.


Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges:  the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Barry Kaye College of Business and the Colleges of  Education, Engineering & Computer Science, and Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs.

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