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  1. Olympics in Beijing: Air Quality Woes

    July 25, 2008 -- Athletes from around the world -- representing the pinnacle of physical skill and conditioning -- will be converging in Beijing next month for the 2008 Olympic Games -- pushing the limits of their bodies and striving for international greatness. The air they'll be breathing, though,

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  2. Link Found Between Asthma and GERD

    July 25, 2008 -- Chronic heartburn may alter the immune system and raise the risk of asthma, according to a new study that helps explain why so many people with asthma also suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Researchers say the link between asthma and GERD has been a mystery for yea

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  3. Watching Salt Intake Won’t Shake Asthma

    July 15, 2008 -- Cutting back on salt and following a low-sodium diet isn't likely to improve asthma symptoms, according to a new study. Previous studies had suggested that following a low-sodium diet may help improve asthma control, but researchers now say that advice should be taken with a grain o

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  4. CFC-Containing Inhalers on the Way Out

    May 30, 2008 -- The FDA is reminding patients that many albuterol metered-dose inhalers will soon be removed from the U.S. market. Inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellant will become illegal to produce or sell in the U.S. after Dec. 31, 2008. The phaseout is part of a worldwide effor

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  5. Does Asthma Increase Adult Suicide Risk?

    May 14, 2008 -- New research suggests a link between asthma and an increased risk for suicide attempts in adults, but not suicidal thoughts without attempts. Compared to the general population, people in the study with asthma were roughly 50% more likely to attempt suicide after researchers controll

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  6. Report: Polluted Air Puts Millions at Risk

    May 1, 2008 -- Up to 125 million Americans are breathing air that puts their health at risk, a report released Thursday by the American Lung Association estimates. The report shows that dozens of U.S. cities and counties regularly have unsafe levels of particulate and ozone smog pollution. Such poll

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  7. Panel Insists Smog, Deaths Linked

    April 22, 2008 -- A National Academy of sciences panel concluded Tuesday that short-term exposure to ozone pollution is directly linked to poor health in humans, batting down White House contentions that the link between pollution and early death was unclear. Ozone is the main component of smog and

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  8. FDA Checks Into Singulair Suicide Risk

    March 27, 2008 -- The FDA today announced that it is working with the drug company Merck to investigate a possible link between Merck's asthma and allergy drug Singulair and behavior/mood changes, suicidality (suicidal thinking and behavior), and suicide.  The FDA's investigation may take nine month

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  9. Sugar Intake Linked to Kids' Asthma?

    March 17, 2008 (Philadelphia) -- Sugar might do more than just plump up our children, it could also help give them asthma, animal research suggests. Asthma now affects nearly 9% of children and teens, a figure that has doubled since the 1980s, according to a study published last year. Poor eating ha

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  10. Mice at the Tail End of Your Asthma Woes

    March 17, 2008 (Philadelphia) -- Your old house could be at the root of unexplained allergy and asthma symptoms, new research suggests. A nationwide study shows that mouse allergens in U.S. homes -- once thought only to be an inner-city problem -- are surprisingly common outside urban areas. Of more

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