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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Why Don't Some People With Asthma Respond to Medication?

    Jan. 6, 2012 -- All asthma is not the same.  As a result, a new study shows many people with asthma are not helped by corticosteroid medication prescribed to control their breathing problems. The government-funded study is one of the largest to delve into the biology of asthma. Researchers collected

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  6. Daily Steroids May Not Be Needed for Wheezing

    Nov. 23, 2011 -- Daily inhaled steroids are currently recommended for preschoolers with frequent wheezing who have a high risk for developing persistent asthma or high risk for severe asthma, but the treatment may cause a small decrease in their growth. Now new research finds that less frequent trea

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  7. Study: Cholesterol Drugs May Worsen Asthma

    Nov. 5, 2011 -- People with asthma may find that their breathing gets worse after they start a statin drug to lower cholesterol, a small new study shows. Asthma experts say the finding is a surprise because some previous studies have shown that statin drugs have anti-inflammatory properties beyond t

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  8. FDA: Some Asthma Drugs Riskier for Kids Than Adults

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- Children are more vulnerable than adults to rare but potentially life-threatening events associated with asthma drugs known as long-acting beta-agonists (LABAs), a new analysis from the FDA shows. The analysis is published in Pediatrics. Early last year, an FDA panel concluded that

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  9. FDA to Primatene Users: Get Asthma Prescription Now

    Sept. 22, 2011 -- The Primatene Mist inhaler is going away on Dec. 31, and prescription inhalers are the only alternative to the over-the-counter asthma drug. Don't wait to get that prescription. The FDA warns that Primatene supplies may not last until the end of the year. "All inhalers that might s

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  10. My WebMD: Coping with Asthma at College

    I think my mother was more worried about my going to college two years ago than I was. I have had asthma since I was very young. It was worse when I was younger. I used to have to use an inhaler before I ran the mile in PE class. And one time I had a big role in a play, and I developed pneumonia. My

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