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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Oral Drops Cut Kids’ Asthma Symptoms

    March 4, 2008 -- An oral alternative to allergy shots shows promise for the treatment of children with allergic asthma, a review of the research shows. Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) involves taking extracts of allergens under the tongue, which triggers asthma and allergies and increases the tolera

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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