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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Budget-Friendly Home Asthma Program Works

      Oct. 13, 2005 -- A home-based plan to ease kids' asthma symptoms works and may be cost-effective, a new study shows. The study included 800 children aged 5 to 11 with moderate to severe asthma. Most were black or Hispanic children living in low-income, inner-city neighborhoods, where asthma rates te

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    10. Live the Rural Life, Avoid Asthma?

      Oct. 10, 2005 -- The golden rule of real estate -- location, location, location -- may apply to your lungs' health, a new asthma study shows. In the study, people living in rural Scotland had some health advantages over their big-city peers: Less likely to have asthma Less likely to have general res

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