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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. Could Your Migraines Signal Uncontrolled Asthma?

      In the doctor’s office, it’s a familiar combination: a patient with both asthma and migraine. Each disease tends to run in families, but are the two conditions also linked? If so, once a person gains better control of asthma symptoms, might the excruciating headaches ease, too? Headache specialist R

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    4. 4 Asthma Drugs Get New Precaution

      June 12, 2009 -- The FDA today asked makers of Singulair, Accolate, Zyflo, and Zyflo CR to include a precaution on those drugs' labels about reports of behavior and mood changes. Singulair is used to treat asthma and symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Accolate, Zyflo, and Zyflo CR are used to treat asth

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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