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    1. Air Pollution High in California Cities

      April 29, 2009 -- Areas in California remain some of the most polluted in the U.S., with air quality that is likely damaging the health of millions of people, according to a report by the American Lung Association. The report finds that Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Calif., and Visalla-Porterville, Cali

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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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