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    1. Lowering the Costs of Asthma Treatment

      Asthma treatment has made enormous strides in recent years. With improved care and better medicines, most people can control their condition and live full, normal lives. But not everyone is benefiting. For the millions of people in the U.S. with low incomes and little or no insurance, the high costs

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    2. Arthritis Drug May Ease Severe Asthma

      Sept. 14, 2005 - A drug commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis may also help people with a difficult-to-treat form of severe asthma, according to early research. A small study in the journal Thorax shows that people with severe asthma treated with twice- weekly injections of the drug Enbrel exp

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    3. Bacteria By-product in Dust May Trigger Asthma

      Sept. 9, 2005 - Bacteria by-products in household dust can trigger asthma, scientists report. The by-products are called endotoxins. Adults living in homes with high endotoxin levels were more likely to have asthma, write Peter Thorne, PhD, and colleagues. Thorne works at the University of Iowa's En

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    4. Are Home Air Cleaners Worth the Money?

      Sept. 6, 2005 - The product testing group Consumers Union says even the best home air cleaners may not be worth the money when it comes to improving your health. In a report published in the October issue of its magazine, Consumer Reports, the group rated the effectiveness of the popular room air cl

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    5. Dad's Asthma May Make Child's Asthma Worse

      Sept. 1, 2005 - Having a father with asthma may put children with the disease at risk for more severe symptoms. A new study shows that children with asthma whose fathers also suffer from the respiratory disease are more likely to develop serious airway constriction than other children with asthma. S

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    6. Treating Asthma: Partnering With Your Doctor

      Taking an active role in your medical care is always a good idea. But if you have asthma, it's essential. "If you don't control your asthma, it will control you," says allergist Jonathan A. Bernstein, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. W

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    7. Brain Activity May Play Role in Asthma

      Aug. 29, 2005 -- When an asthma attack occurs, words like "wheeze" may boost brain activity linked to inflammation, scientists report. They write that their small study may offer new clues about inflammatory conditions like asthma and could lead to new treatments. "The data suggest potential future

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    8. Chemical 'Key' Found to Virus-Induced Asthma

      Aug. 15, 2005 -- A chemical messenger in the blood can tell doctors whether the cause of an asthma attack is a virus or an allergy. The finding may one day lead to a new treatment for most severe asthma attacks. It would be an important advance. An asthma attack associated with a viral respiratory i

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    9. FDA Panel: 3 Asthma Drugs Can Stay

      July 13, 2005 -- An FDA advisory panel recommended Wednesday that three popular asthma drugs -- Serevent, Advair, and Foradil -- continue to be sold in U.S. pharmacies. The FDA often follows the advice of its advisory panels, but it's not required to do so. All three drugs are long-acting medication

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    10. Asthma Risk From Smoking May Start Early

      July 1, 2005 -- Adults may be more likely to have asthma if they were exposed to tobacco smoke before birth or in childhood. The finding appears in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Researchers working on the study included Trude Duelien Skorge, MD, of the thoracic medi

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