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  1. Low Vitamin D Linked to Severe Asthma

    April 23, 2009 -- Low levels of vitamin D may be linked to severity of asthma in children, according to a new study. The study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, examined the blood levels of vitamin D in children with asthma. Lower levels of vitamin D were

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  2. Millions With Asthma Don’t Need PPIs

    April 8, 2009 -- Results from a new, government-funded study should change treatment practices for millions of asthma patients who take acid reflux drugs but have no heartburn symptoms. The practice of prescribing acid reflux-targeting proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications to patients whose asthma

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  3. Dramatic Strides Against Childhood Asthma

    March 17, 2009 (Washington, D.C.) -- Kids with severe asthma can breathe a lot easier than they could a decade ago. Thanks in large part to better medications, children with severe asthma are less likely to wheeze and suffer full-blown asthma attacks today than 10 years ago, researchers report. They

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  4. Cholesterol Drugs May Help Asthma Patients

    March 16, 2009 (Washington, D.C.) -- Once again, there is evidence to suggest that the popular cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are good for more than just the heart. In a new study, the drugs cut the risk of hospitalization and emergency room visits in people with asthma by about one-third. About

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  5. Elderly May Feel Brunt of Global Warming

    Feb. 20, 2009 -- There’s now another reason to be concerned about global warming. A new study shows that when temperatures rise in the summer, there are more hospitalizations for respiratory problems, especially among elderly people. The data come from a European project called the "Assessment and P

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  6. Kids With Asthma Don’t Miss More School

    Feb. 5, 2009 -- A new study of students in Dallas inner-city schools shows that students with asthma do not miss school more than students without asthma. This marks a change from past studies that have attributed many absences to asthma. For this most recent study, published in Chest, researchers a

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  7. St. Louis a Challenge for Asthma Sufferers

    Jan. 29, 2009 -- Residents of St. Louis can now shout "We're No. 1," but it's unlikely they'll want to crow about their brand new top ranking. The Midwestern city has been ranked No. 1 by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America as the nation's "most challenging" place for asthma sufferers to li

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  8. Household Cleaning Bad for Asthma?

    Jan. 23, 2009 -- Ladies, if you have asthma and you've been trying to get your husbands to help with the cleaning, you may have a legitimate health reason for cutting back on household scrubbing. A new study, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, shows that household cleaning in

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  9. Life Expectancy Up, Thanks to Cleaner Air

    Jan. 21, 2009 -- Steps to curb air pollution in the United States are paying off, helping to dramatically increase average life spans, a new study says. Researchers at Brigham Young University and the Harvard School of Public Health report in the Jan. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine

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  10. FDA: No Suicide Risk From Singulair

    Jan. 13, 2009 -- The FDA today announced that it sees no sign of an association between the asthma drugs Singulair, Accolate, Zyflo, or Zyflo CR and suicide risk. The FDA began reviewing safety data on those four drugs and suicide, suicidality (suicidal thinking and behavior) and other behavior and

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