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  1. Vitamin D May Help Treat Some Asthma

    Dec. 8, 2005 -- Vitamin D could help treat steroid-resistant asthma, scientists report. Their small pilot study in The Journal of Clinical Investigation shows that vitamin D may help people with steroid-resistant asthma respond better to steroid pills taken for asthma. That's based on lab tests done

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  2. Toxins in Dust Raise Risk of Asthma

    Dec. 1, 2005 - Bacterial toxins found in household dust may be a major risk factor for asthma, and the biggest problem may be in your bedroom. A new nationwide study shows levels of bacterial toxins called endotoxins in house dust were directly related to asthma symptoms and use of asthma medication

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  3. New Warnings for 3 Asthma Drugs

    Nov. 18, 2005 -- The FDA is alerting asthma patients and their doctors that three long-acting inhaled asthma medicines "may increase the chance of severe asthma episodes, and death when those episodes occur." That quote comes from an FDA public health advisory on the three products -- Advair Diskus,

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  4. Do Asthma Sufferers Need Specialists?

    Nov. 17, 2005 -- Asthma patients who see allergists say they're better off than those who see primary care doctors. The finding comes from a survey of 3,568 adult asthma patients enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente HMO. About half the patients got asthma care from a primary care doctor. About a quarte

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  5. Early Asthma, Later Lung Damage?

    Nov. 15, 2005 -- The way kids wheeze by age 6 is the way they are likely to wheeze for the rest of their childhoods, a long-term study shows. Children who wheeze by age 3, the study suggests, may suffer defects in lung function. These changes do not seem to get better -- or worse -- during the schoo

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  6. Moms: Controlling Asthma Helps Baby

    Nov. 9, 2005 -- Controlling asthma during pregnancy may be good for moms and babies, researchers write in Obstetrics & Gynecology. "Asthma is the most common chronic illness that complicates pregnancy," write Vanessa Murphy, PhD, and colleagues. Murphy works in the department of respiratory and slee

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  7. Treating Asthma: Preventing Damage to the Airways

    Is your asthma under control? If you're like most people, you probably think it is. You feel OK most of the time, so you usually don't need medicine. When your asthma flares up, a puff from your trusty emergency inhaler solves the problem -- most of the time, at least. But experts say that if you ha

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  8. Chronic Cough: Common and Often Vexing

    Nov. 2, 2005 -- Chronic cough -- coughing for three weeks or more -- affects many people and often hampers their quality of life, Mayo Clinic doctors report. Kaiser Lim, MD, and colleagues studied patients with chronic cough at the Mayo Clinic. They found that chronic cough often touched many aspect

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  9. Exercise Doesn't Worsen Asthma

    Oct. 21, 2005 -- Exercise can trigger asthma symptoms, but that doesn't mean that people with asthma shouldn't exercise, a comprehensive new review shows. Researchers concluded that just like everyone else, people with asthma benefit from regular exercise. Asthmatics who exercised had better cardiop

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  10. Your Pillows Are Full of Fungus

    Oct. 14, 2005 - Fungal spores fill our pillows, British researchers report. Science has already alerted us to the unsavory fact that tiny dust mites populate the pillows on which we sleep. But that's not the end of the gross-out, thanks to Ashley Woodcock, MD, professor of respiratory medicine at th

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