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  1. Daily Drugs Not Always Needed for Mild Asthma

    April 13, 2005 -- Many adults with mild persistent asthma may not need daily inhaled steroid treatments to adequately control the condition, according to findings from a new government study. The surprising results could lead to a change in treatment guidelines for asthma, which currently call for d

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  2. Ionizing Air Cleaners May Pose Health Hazard

    April 4, 2005 -- Some popular ionizing air cleaners could be hazardous to your health, especially if you have asthma or allergies, says a product testing group. An investigation by Consumers Union (CU) -- the products testing group that publishes Consumer Reports -- found that five of the best-selli

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  3. Will Your Child Outgrow Asthma?

    March 22, 2005 - Some kids can "outgrow" asthma, but most don't, a new study shows. For nine years, Ronina Covar, MD, of National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, and colleagues followed 900 children with mild to moderate asthma. Only 6% of the kids fully "outgrew" their asthma. This mean

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  4. Misconceptions About Inhaled Steroids

    Misunderstandings about inhaled steroids prescribed for asthma may prompt some patients to cut back on the drug's use. That could lead to asthma flare-ups, a new study suggests. Better communication between patients and doctors could help clear the air. Doctors should explore patient beliefs about t

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  5. Obesity May Raise Kids' Asthma Risk

    Childhood obesity and asthma may be connected, but it's not clear which comes first. Children with an active wheeze had significantly higher BMI and a greater prevalence of obesity, write researchers. Although there is speculation that asthma predisposes to obesity by reducing physical activity, thi

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  6. Obesity May Raise Kids' Asthma Risk

    March 15, 2005 -- Childhood obesity and asthma may be connected, but it's not clear which comes first. Children with an active wheeze had significantly higher BMI and a greater prevalence of obesity, write researchers. Although there is speculation that asthma predisposes to obesity by reducing phys

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  7. Worst Cities, Worst Bugs for Asthma

    Mar. 8, 2005 -- Worried about kids' asthma risk? You might want to take a look at your address -- and call an exterminator. Your home -- and bugs lurking there -- can affect children's chances of developing asthma, says a new study. What's more, those factors vary between cities and building types.

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  8. Who's at Risk for Asthma Relapse?

    Mar. 7, 2005 -- When asthma vanishes, it's not necessarily gone for good. One out of three kids who beats asthma by age 18 gets it again by the time they're 26. But there's a little fine print to those newly reported numbers. On the bright side, asthma may be less harsh if it returns in young adulth

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  9. Household Mold Doubles Kids' Asthma Risk

    Mar. 4, 2005 -- Kids' asthma risk more than doubles if their homes smell of mold, says a new study. "This study is important for families everywhere," says Jim Burkhart, PhD, in a news release. Burkhart is the science editor for Environmental Health Perspectives, which published the study in its Mar

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  10. Obesity Raises Girls' Risk of Asthma

    Mar. 1, 2005 -- Add asthma to the list of health problems that obesity can cause in young women. Many parts of the world have seen an explosion in the obesity epidemic and increases in asthma. Studies have shown several possible links between the two, but an understanding of the issue remains incomp

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