By MAIL ON SUNDAY REPORTER

A DRUG that reduces the number of asthma attacks by more than a fifth could offer hope to hundreds of thousands of patients who suffer from the most severe form of the debilitating lung disease.

Trials on nearly 1,000 people with uncontrolled asthma showed the drug tiotropium taken through a mist inhaler opened constricted airways  and appeared to improve lung function.

Even those with severe asthma saw the number of attacks cut by 21 per cent and the time between attacks extended by a third.

 

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