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    1. Day Care Doesn't Protect Against Asthma

      Sept. 10, 2009 -- Infants and toddlers who attend day care are no less likely to develop asthma symptoms later in childhood than those who don’t attend day care, new research finds. The study challenges the so-called "hygiene hypothesis", which suggests that early exposure to infections and germs he

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    2. Outgrowing Asthma: Is Remission Possible?

      At 14, Alyssa Flanagan’s asthma symptoms all but disappeared. Since the age of 4, she had been hospitalized a few times each year -- once in the intensive care unit - when her colds turned into coughing, wheezy pneumonias. Asthma loomed large in her life. “The simplest explanation is that I’ve outgr

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    3. Stress May Cause Asthma in Kids

      July 21, 2009 -- Children living in high-stress homes may be more at risk for asthma associated with environmental triggers like traffic-related air pollution and exposure to cigarette smoke, new research shows. Among children who had regular exposure to pollution from traffic exhaust, those living

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    4. FDA Checking Heart Risk of Xolair

      July 16, 2009 -- The FDA is reviewing a possible link between the asthma drug Xolair and an increased risk of heart and cerebrovascular disorders. Since the FDA investigation is still under way, the agency is not telling doctors to stop prescribing Xolair and is not recommending any changes to the p

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    5. Asthma and Depression

      Asthma, a chronic disease of the airways, affects more than 22 million people in the U.S. Most people with asthma have symptoms such as cough and wheezing. But did you know that people with asthma have twice the risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders, including depression? Depression, with it

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    6. Asthma in Women

      When it comes to women and asthma, the ability to breathe can be affected by pregnancy, the menstrual cycle, and menopause. Women who also have allergies and other asthma triggers may struggle to get a breath of fresh air. “Unequivocally, women with asthma face an extra challenge simply because they

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    7. Asthma and Cities: Which Cities Rank Best?

      For the past six years, the nonprofit Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA) has released a list of the "Asthma Capitals" -- the worst cities for asthma. The top offenders for 2009: St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Birmingham, Ala. But if those are the worst cities for asthma sufferers, does that mean other

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    8. Everyday Pain Relief: Asthma

      If you have asthma, you most likely work hard to avoid triggers. You shut the windows when the air is thick with pollen. You steer clear of homes with pets. You banish smokers to your front porch. But did you know that a potentially serious asthma trigger might be sitting in your medicine cabinet ri

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    9. Is Asthma Changing Your Appetite or Weight?

      When it comes to asthma and appetite, doctors and dietitians worry most about patients who eat too much, shun exercise for fear of becoming breathless, and end up being overweight. But in a small minority of patients, poorly controlled asthma can leave them too breathless and fatigued to eat properl

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    10. Asthma, Stress, and Anxiety: A Risky Cycle

      You’ve been battered by a recent layoff, and high-stakes job interviews are taxing your nerves. As your financial worries mount, so do your attacks of shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. Is there a relationship between asthma and stress? Yes, says Peter Gergen, MD, MPH, a senior medical off

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