Asthma remains a formidable public health problem with ever increasing annual costs and prevalence. There are 300 million people with asthma worldwide. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 25 million Americans with asthma (both children and adults), i.e. one in 12 people have asthma, and this is increasing annually. Asthma results in approximately half a million hospitalizations and two million emergency department (ED) visits per year. In 2007 alone, 185 children and 3262 adults died from asthma, i.e. nine to ten patients die a day from asthma. This resulted in an annual cost of $56 billion in medical costs, lost work/school days, and early deaths. Therefore, we need novel and innovative therapies for asthma. In this Editorial, I review results from a study by Tse et al. evaluating the therapeutic potential of statins, within the context of our current state of knowledge. I review observational studies and clinical trials, highlight some potential pitfalls in clinical trial design, and discuss important questions for future research.
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