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Asthmatic cyclists wanted for Australian study

In an effort to improve understanding of the effect of chronic use of inhaled b 2-agonists bronchodilators in Exercise Induced Asthma (EIA) in the athletic population, researchers at the University of Sydney and Royal prince Alfred Hospital of Sydney are conducting a study to determine the effects of different types of inhaled b 2-agonists on bronchial reactivity.

Cyclists older than 18 years, training a minimum of three times a week, and taking asthma medications are being recruited to participate in the study. Participants will have to some fundamental data regarding their asthma, including full lung function assessment as well as results to a bronchial challenge test - information which may help them control the asthma.

All testing will be conducted at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Department of Respiratory Medicine. Subjects will be given some financial support at the successful completion of the study. For further information or to be included, contact the researchers: Dr Corinne Caillaud (c.caillaud@usyd.edu.au) or Clare Perry (clarep@med.usyd.edu.au or (61 2) 9515 6121).

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