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  1. Xolair Gets 'Black Box' Warning

    July 3, 2007 -- The asthma drug Xolair has a new "black box" warning about severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). In February, the FDA requested Xolair's maker, Genentech, to put the boxed warning on Xolair. Now, those warnings have been added to Xolair's packaging. Bl

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  2. Infants and Antibiotics: Asthma Risk?

    June 11, 2007 -- Infants who receive antibiotics in their first year of life are more likely to develop asthma by age 7, and multiple courses of the drugs boost the risk more, a Canadian study suggests. "In children receiving five or more courses of antibiotics in the first year, the risk of asthma

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  3. Most Asthma Out of Control

    June 1, 2007 -- Despite treatment and access to health care, more than half of asthma patients can't keep their illness under control. The finding comes from an Internet survey of 1,812 people with moderate-to-severe asthma. Each patient filled out a five-item questionnaire that assessed the degree

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  4. Many Teens Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

    May 24, 2007 -- Secondhand smoke is part of daily life for many youths worldwide, and it may make children more likely to get asthma and teens more likely to smoke. That's according to two separate studies -- one from the CDC and one from a researcher at Columbia University's Mailman School of Publi

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  5. Electronic 'Nose' May Note Asthma

    May 21, 2007 -- European researchers today announced early success in their efforts to build an electronic "nose" to help diagnose asthma. The experimental device measures volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in patients' exhaled breath. "A person's breath contains a mixture of thousands of VOCs that m

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  6. New Options for Mild Asthma Treatment

    May 16, 2007 -- Twice-daily whiffs of steroid drugs may become a thing of the past for people with mild but persistent asthma, two new studies suggest. Once a person gets mild asthma under control, current treatment guidelines suggest keeping it under control with two daily doses of a steroid inhale

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  7. Stomach Bacterium May Thwart Asthma

    April 23, 2007 -- A stomach bacterium that causes ulcers and is linked to stomach cancer may make asthma less likely. That news appears in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The bacterium is called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). It is associated with ulcers and increased risk of stomach cancer. H.

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  8. Obesity May Make Asthma More Likely

    April 2, 2007 -- Being overweight or obese may make asthma more likely, a new study shows. That may be one more health reason to lose extra pounds, note the researchers. They included E. Rand Sutherland, MD, MPH, who works in Denver at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center and the Universi

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  9. Airway Zapper Helps Severe Asthma

    March 28, 2007 -- A device that zaps the airway with radio waves cuts moderate-to-severe asthma symptoms, a clinical study shows. The device, the Alair System from Asthmatx Inc., is a radio-wave generator attached to a specially designed probe. During three procedures -- called bronchial thermoplast

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  10. Kids' Asthma Out of Control

    March 15, 2007 -- Four out of five kids with asthma don't keep their symptoms under control, a new study shows. University of Rochester researcher Jill S. Halterman, MD, MPH, and colleagues analyzed data from a telephone survey of 975 asthmatic children in Alabama, California, Illinois, and Texas. A

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