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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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.

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