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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Death Risk Warning for Asthma Drugs

    March 7, 2006 -- New labels on asthma drugs Advair and Serevent warn patients that the drugs "may increase the risk of asthma-related death." GlaxoSmithKline, which makes both Advair and Serevent, agreed to the new 'black box' warnings -- the strongest warning a drug label can carry. The agreement f

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  8. Health Risks for Elders With Asthma?

    Feb. 13, 2006 -- Older adults with asthma may be more likely than their asthma-free peers to report having other health problems including cancer, arthritis, heart disease, and stroke. So says an Australian study published in Chest. The report doesn't blame asthma for those conditions. It also doesn

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  9. 2-Drug Strategy May Improve Asthma

    Feb. 2, 2006 -- A treatment that targets mucus production may one day help asthma sufferers and people with other respiratory diseases breathe much easier. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are reporting that a combination of two novel therapies could hold th

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  10. Asthma Drug May Be Deadlier for Blacks

    Jan. 12, 2006 -- Serevent, a widely prescribed inhaled asthma treatment, may pose a special risk to blacks. Newly released details from a safety trial that was stopped early reveal that respiratory-related deaths or life-threatening events occurred four times as often among blacks who took Serevent

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