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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Early Day Care May Lower Asthma Risk

    Oct. 18, 2007 -- Attending day care from early infancy may help protect high-risk children from developing asthma, new research suggests. Regular day care attendance by 3 months of age was linked to lower levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies in the University of Arizona study, but the associa

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  5. Spray Cleaners May Up Asthma Risk

    Oct. 12, 2007 -- Using spray home cleaning products, even as little as once a week, may increase an adult's risk for developing asthma symptoms, a new study shows. Frequent use of aerosolized chemical cleaners has previously been linked to asthma in cleaning professionals. But the new study is the f

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  6. Inside the Asthma Guide: A Doctor's Tour

    Not sure where to start? Dr. Enright, asthma and allergy specialist, helps you navigate WebMD’s comprehensive and up-to-date Asthma Guide so you can live and breathe easier.

  7. Ulcer Germ May Curb Asthma

    Oct. 4, 2007 -- A type of bacterium with a bad reputation is getting a bit of an image makeover. The bacterium in question is called H. pylori. It can cause ulcers and has been linked to stomach cancer, but not in most people with H. pylori. A new study shows that kids and teens with H. pylori are l

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  8. Cat Allergy Linked to Asthma

    Sept. 28, 2007 -- More than half of asthma cases in the U.S. are linked to allergies, with sensitivity to cats responsible for 29% of allergy-related asthmas, according to new research from the National Institutes of Health. Allergic sensitivity to cats, confirmed through skin testing, was associate

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  9. Apples May Keep Asthma Away

    Sept. 19, 2007 - Eating an apple a day may help pregnant women prevent asthma and wheezing in their children. A new study shows children of women who consumed apples regularly while they were pregnant were much less likely to suffer from asthma or wheezing by age 5 than those whose mothers rarely at

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  10. Asthma Differs in Rich, Poor Countries

    Sept. 14, 2007 -- The link between childhood asthma and allergies may be twice as strong in rich nations compared with poorer countries. That's according to a new study from researchers including Gudrun Weinmayr, PhD, of Germany's Ulm University. They gathered data on more than 54,000 children aged

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