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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Mold Exposure in Infancy Raises Asthma Risk

    Aug. 2, 2011 -- Infants raised in a home with moldy areas may be more likely to develop childhood asthma. A new study shows that infants who lived in moldy homes were nearly three times more likely to have childhood asthma by age 7. "Early life exposure to mold seems to play a critical role in child

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  6. New Asthma Genes Found in Africans, Japanese

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Four newly identified genetic mutations may raise the risk of asthma in different ethnic groups, according to two new studies. In the first study, researchers found that changes in the gene PYHIN1 increased the risk of asthma in people of African ancestry. In the second study, three

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  7. Electromagnetic Fields Linked to Asthma in Kids

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Researchers seeking to explain the rising number of asthma cases in children have fingered a new suspect: electromagnetic fields (EMFs), energy that can’t been seen or felt that is generated by household appliances, electronic devices, cars, and power lines. In a study, they found th

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  8. Asthma Study Shows Placebo Can Help Symptoms

    July 13, 2011 -- Caring may count as much as medicine when it comes to making a sick person feel better -- even when that person really needs the medicine, a new study suggests. The placebo effect is a well-known phenomenon in which people get better when given a fake (placebo) treatment. It sometim

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  9. Asthma Drug May Be Fat-Burner Pill

    June 6, 2011 -- A medicine used to treat asthma may also be a fat-burning drug, new research suggests. When taken in pill form, the drug known as formoterol boosted fat burning while preserving protein metabolism, thus maintaining muscle mass, says researcher Paul Lee, MD, PhD, of the Garvan Institu

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  10. Study: Pills as Effective as Inhalers for Asthma

    May 4, 2011 -- The drugs Singulair and Accolate proved to be just as effective as steroid inhalers for the prevention of asthma symptoms with better patient compliance in two new studies published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine. Both drugs are leukotriene receptor antagonists (LTRAs)

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