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  1. Not All Asthma Created Equal

    Jan. 30, 2008 -- There are key differences between severe asthma and milder forms of the disease. And those differences could have implications for the management of the most at-risk and hard-to-treat patients. In most cases, asthma can remain well controlled with medication. But 5% to 10% of asthma

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  2. Moms' Stress Tied to Kids' Asthma Risk

    Jan. 15, 2008 -- Children's odds of developing asthma may be higher if their mothers are under long-term stress, a Canadian study shows. The study included nearly 14,000 children born in 1995 in the Canadian province of Manitoba. Nearly 7% of the kids had been diagnosed with asthma by age 7. The res

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  3. Pesticides May Up Asthma in Farm Women

    Dec. 28, 2007 -- Farm women who use pesticides are more likely than nonusers to develop allergic asthma as adults, a U.S. study shows. This effect is particularly strong for the 60% of farm women who grew up on a farm. People who grow up on farms have a reduced risk of allergies. Pesticide users hav

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  4. Menopause Ups Lean Women's Asthma Risk

    Dec. 21, 2007 -- When they reach menopause, lean women have a fourfold higher risk of asthma than heavier, but not obese, women who are still menstruating. The surprising finding comes from a multination European study of 1,274 women age 45 to 56. About a third of the women had reached menopause; no

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  5. Stronger Warnings Urged on Asthma Drugs

    Nov. 28, 2007 -- An advisory panel recommended stronger warnings for a pair of popular asthma drugs Wednesday, saying they should alert doctors and patients that the drugs could increase risks of dangerous side effects in children. The two drugs, Serevent and Advair, already carry "black box" warnin

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  6. Breathe Easily: Winter Asthma Advice

    As winter weather rolls in, so do colds and flu. But for those with asthma, it can be an especially stressful time of year because even a simple cold virus can trigger a major asthma event. "In asthma, the lungs are already irritable and more reactive. So any virus that impacts the lungs has a prope

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  7. Extra Weight Adds to Asthma's Toll

    Nov. 13, 2007 -- Just 5 pounds of weight gain could make a difference for asthma patients trying to keep their condition under control. A new study of adult asthma patients shows that those who gained 5 pounds over 12 months reported poorer asthma control, worse quality of life, and greater use of s

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  8. Breastfeeding May Influence Asthma Risk

    Nov. 1, 2007 -- Prolonged breastfeeding appears to promote healthy lung development in most children, but it may increase the risk of asthma in babies born to mothers with the respiratory disease, new research suggests. Being breastfed for four months or longer was associated with worse lung functio

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  9. Think Asthma Under Control? Think Again

    Oct. 25, 2007 -- Most people with asthma say they have their disease under control, but experts say their symptoms tell otherwise. A new survey shows two-thirds of adults with asthma report that they have their disease under control, but more than half say they experience symptoms such as shortness

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  10. Asthma Inhalers Often Misused

    Oct. 24, 2007 -- Dry powder inhalers are often misused by patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonar y disease (COPD), a new German study shows. The researchers make two recommendations: Patients should be trained in the proper use of their dry powder inhaler. Patients should show their he

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