Airway constriction in asthmatic women patients reduces with estrogenAccording to new bench research from the Mayo Clinic, female sex hormones could work with beta-agonists in minimizing airway constriction.

Lead student researcher, Elizabeth A. Townsend, of the Mayo Clinic Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, said that it will be of interest to ascertain whether sex steroids such as estrogen and progesterone play a role in modulation of airway tone.

The findings are being presented at the ATS 2010 International Conference in New Orleans.