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