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  1. Genes, Wheezing Tied to Childhood Asthma Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- Certain genetic factors and wheezing early in life are associated with a greatly increased risk of asthma in children, a new study says. Researchers examined data from nearly 500 children and found that about 90 percent of t

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  2. Combo Inhaler May Be Better for Some With Asthma

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- Asthma patients typically use two inhaled drugs -- one a fast-acting "rescue inhaler" to stem attacks and another long-lasting one to prevent them. However, combining both in one inhaler may be best for some patients, two new

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  3. Mild Asthma Patients May Do OK With Less Steroids

    Sept. 11, 2012 -- People with mild to moderate asthma might fare just as well inhaling steroid medications only when they have symptoms instead of twice every day as recommended, researchers report. Basing treatment on symptoms could reduce the amount of drug used, minimize the risk of side effects,

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  4. Asthma Drug Shown to Stunt Growth

    Sept. 4, 2012 -- Children with asthma who take inhaled steroids end up slightly shorter than their peers when they grow up, a government-funded study shows. Inhaled steroids are known to slow growth in children during the first years of use, but the long-term impact of inhaled steroids on height was

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  5. Generic Singulair Approved

    Aug. 3, 2012 -- The FDA today gave 10 generic drugmakers approval to start making generic versions of Singulair (montelukast sodium), the popular asthma and allergy drug. Singulair, usually taken in the form of tablets, has been a blockbuster drug for Merck. The company has said that it expects sale

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  6. The Worst Cities in the U.S. for Asthma

    May 1, 2012 -- Memphis residents may have a new reason to sing the blues, if they can catch their breath. A new report ranks the southern city as the most challenging city in the U.S. to live with asthma, followed closely by New Haven, Conn., and Knoxville, Tenn. The 2012 list of "Asthma Capitals" t

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  7. Questionable Chemicals Found in Household Products

    March 8, 2012 -- Many cleaning and personal care products contain chemicals linked with asthma flare-ups or hormone disruption, according to new research. On the list: sunscreens, vinyl shower curtains, and fragranced products. "Consumer products in the home can be a significant source of hormone-di

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  8. Farm Life Linked to Fewer Allergies, Less Asthma

    March 7, 2012 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Could the older, more rustic Amish lifestyle hold the key to preventing allergies? An Indiana researcher thinks so. His research suggests that children who grow up on Amish farms are less prone to allergies and hay fever than Swiss youngsters who are raised on more m

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  9. Relieve Ragweed Allergies Without Shots

    March 5, 2012 (Orlando, Fla.) -- For many allergy sufferers, getting shots is a pesky, even painful part of ragweed season. Now, researchers report success testing an under-the-tongue tablet as an alternative to injections in people with ragweed allergies. In a study of more than 500 people with rag

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  10. Can Herbs Fight Asthma?

    March 5, 2012 (Orlando, Fla.) -- A traditional Chinese herbal remedy known as kampo helped to relieve daily asthma symptoms in nearly all of more than 200 people studied, Japanese researchers report. North American allergy experts tell WebMD that although they find the preliminary findings fascinati

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