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  1. Cleanest Air: Cheyenne, Wyo. Worst Air: L.A.

    April 29, 2005 -- America's air quality is a little bit better. But don't breathe a big sigh of relief -- especially if you're among the 52% of American's whose air is still unhealthy. The American Lung Association today released its annual State of the Air report, using data collected from 2001-200

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