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  1. Asthma, Emphysema Drug May Weaken Bones

    Dec. 15, 2004 -- Long-term use of a drug commonly used to treat asthma and emphysema may lead to the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. Researchers found that after three years of using an inhaled steroid, emphysema patients had a significant loss in bone density. The results may add fuel to an alr

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  2. Stress, Asthma Don't Mix Well in Kids

    Nov. 23, 2004 -- Stress takes its toll on kids with asthma, more than quadrupling their risk of having an asthma attack. And it doesn't take long, the chance of having an asthma attack climbs within 48 hours of a stressful event, according to a new study. The aftereffects of stressful events rev up

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  3. Steroids Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk

    Nov. 15, 2004 -- Taking high doses of steroids (glucocorticoids) seems to increase the risk of heart disease including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke, according to new research. Steroids fight inflammation and are often prescribed for conditions including asthma, inflammatory bowel disease,

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  4. Asthma Medications Often Misused

    Oct. 12, 2004 -- Asthma patients may be misusing their inhaler canisters, depriving themselves of asthma medication. Bruce Rubin, MD, MEngr, FCCP, from Wake Forest University School of Medicine studied 50 children with asthma and their parents. The researchers wanted to see how the families determin

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  5. Siblings Lower Asthma Risk

    Oct. 11, 2004 -- Having brothers and sisters can lower a child's asthma risk, according to a new Canadian study. The finding comes from researchers including Nicholas Anthonisen, MD, of the University of Manitoba, Canada. Anthonisen and colleagues studied more than 170,000 children born in Manitoba

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  6. Plastic Chemicals Linked to Asthma, Allergies

    Oct. 6, 2004 -- Certain chemicals commonly added to plastics are associated with asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), and eczema, according to a new study. The findings come from researchers including Carl-Gustaf Bornehag of the Swedish National Testing and Research Institute in Boras, Sweden. The

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  7. Avoiding Cats, Dust Doesn't Prevent Asthma

    Sept. 29, 2004 -- Allergies are often closely linked to asthma, a condition that has been rapidly rising in recent years. But a new study shows that taking steps to rid your home of allergy triggers does little to help prevent asthma. A new study from the National Heart and Lung Institute of the U.K

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  8. Missing Clues in Asthma May Be Uncovered

    Sept. 27, 2004 -- Scientists may be one step closer to solving the mystery behind the steps that trigger asthma. Experts have discovered a type of specialized regulatory cell that reduces asthma and airway inflammation, shedding more light on the causes of asthma and allergies. The researchers say t

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  9. Traffic Pollution Tied to Asthma in Kids

    Sept. 1, 2004 - Living near a busy road could increase a child's chances of getting bronchitis or asthma, according to a study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The study's researchers looked at asthma, bronchitis, and traffic-related air pollution in California's Al

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  10. Gas Cooking, Foam Pillows Double Asthma Risk

    Aug. 26, 2004 -- Chinese researchers say kids exposed to gas cooking and foam pillows are twice as likely to develop asthma. The finding is based on nearly 11,000 10-year-old children in three Chinese cities. The three locations were chosen to see if a city's stage of development affected the result

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