New drugs are available for severe asthma and a better understanding of the different types of patients exists, based on work done in Pittsburgh.

New research into why high doses of steroids don’t work for some severe asthma patients used machine learning techniques to discover a dozen clinical variables that predict who those patients are.

The research was led by Wei Wu, a faculty member in Carnegie Mellon University’s computational biology department, working with longtime collaborator Dr. Wenzel as senior author.

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