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  1. Fat Cells May Trigger Asthma

    July 13, 2006 -- A lung-irritating protein made by fat cells may be the missing link between obesity and asthma , say Australian researchers. Obesity makes it about three times more likely a person will have asthma. And when obese people with asthma lose weight, their asthma gets better, says Michae

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  2. Breathing Exercises May Help Asthma

    June 7, 2006 -- Practicing breathing techniques may cut the use of rescue inhalers in patients with asthma asthma. That finding comes from a study published online in the journal Thorax. The researchers included Cassandra Slader, BPharm, of Australia’s University of Sydney. The study included 57 peo

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  3. Easing Kids' Breathing Before Asthma

    May 10, 2006 -- For young kids at high risk of asthma , inhaled corticosteroids may ease asthma-like symptoms. But those benefits don't last after steroids are stopped, a new study shows. The study appears in The New England Journal of Medicine. It included 285 kids who were about 3 years old when t

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  4. New Remedy for Hard-to-Control Asthma

    May 1, 2006 -- A new type of asthma asthma treatment may help people with hard-to-control forms of the disease breathe easier. The results of a small study showed that treatment with bronchial thermoplasty, a procedure designed to reduce airway narrowing, significantly improved breathing in people w

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  5. Top 25 Towns for Clean Air, Dirty Air

    April 27, 2006 -- People in the U.S. are breathing cleaner air than a year ago, but there's still plenty of room for improvement. So says the American Lung Association's (ALA) "State of the Air 2006." The annual report focuses on particle pollution (soot) in the air, as well as ozone levels (smog).

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  6. Antibiotic May Help Asthma Attacks

    April 12, 2006 -- The antibiotic Ketek helps people with worsening asthma, a clinical trial suggests. Doctors call it acute exacerbation of asthma. It is when a person's usual asthma gets suddenly worse. Sometimes it starts with an asthma attack that forces a person to seek medical care. Other times

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  7. Breathe Easier With Yoga

    April 5, 2006 -- Yoga may boost breathing capacity, a new study shows. The study comes from Khon Kaen University in Thailand. The researchers included Raoyrin Chanavirut of the university's physical therapy department. Their findings were presented in San Francisco at the Experimental Biology 2006 m

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  8. New Clue to Development of Asthma

    March 15, 2006 -- A newly identified type of cell may be a leading suspect in how asthma develops, new research shows. The cell type has a bulky name: CD4+ invariant natural killer T cells, or more simply natural killer T cells. Those cells seem important in asthma's development, researchers report

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  9. Early Antibiotics May Raise Asthma Risk

    March 13, 2006 -- Babies treated with even one course of antibiotics during their first year of life may have twice the risk of developing asthma later in childhood as unexposed babies, an analysis of past research shows. The findings bolster the theory that an increase in the use of antibiotics ear

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  10. Asthma Patients Misunderstand Symptoms

    March 13, 2006 -- Focusing too much on asthma symptoms may be a problem for some asthma patients, researchers report in Chest. Here are some of the views voiced in a yearlong study of nearly 200 adults hospitalized with asthma: I only have asthma when I have asthma symptoms: 53% agreed. I won't alwa

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