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  1. Diesel Danger: Which City Tops the List?

    Feb. 22, 2005 - Pollution from diesel engines is expected to shorten the lives of 21,000 Americans by the year 2010, according to a new report. In addition to 3,000 deaths from lung cancer alone, diesel soot also contributes to an estimated 15,000 hospital admissions, 27,000 nonfatal heart attacks,

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  2. Coping With Chronic Illness: What Goes Wrong

    The symptoms range from mild nuisances to crippling pain. Even if these less-than-pleasant reminders recede, the underlying conditions don't. Why? Because they're chronic, which means they cannot be cured. And they strike one in 10 Americans. Despite the incurable nature of chronic conditions, prope

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  3. African-Americans Need Higher Doses of Asthma Drugs

    Feb. 7, 2005 - African-Americans may need a bigger dose of asthma medications in order to keep their asthma under control, according to a new study. Researchers found that African-Americans required a higher dose of glucocorticoids, a class of steroid drugs used to treat asthma. Airway inflammation

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  4. Ants Can Cause Asthma, Allergies

    Feb. 25, 2005 -- Household ants can cause allergies and asthma. Researchers say if you see ants in the house, then they should be taken into consideration if anyone has breathing problems. Many insects (including cockroaches) have been reported to contribute to respiratory problems. Now, the pharaoh

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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