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  1. Spiriva Improves Asthma Treatment

    Sept. 20, 2010 – Spiriva, a drug for severe lung disease, is a big help for asthma patients who don't get relief from steroid inhalers alone, a study shows. For such patients, Spiriva works at least as well as Serevent -- although more work is needed to see whether Spiriva is safe and remains effect

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  2. Vitamin D May Improve Asthma Control

    Sept 10, 2010 -- Vitamin D is the new "it" vitamin. A number of studies link its deficiency to a host of medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Now, a new review article makes the case for vitamin D supplementation in the treatment of asthma. The findings appear

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  3. Acetaminophen: Teen Asthma Trigger?

    Aug. 13, 2010 -- Even once-a-month use of acetaminophen -- the best-known brand name is Tylenol -- may trigger asthma in teens. Teens using acetaminophen at least monthly had 2.5 times the asthma risk of nonusers. Once-a-year users had a 43% increase in asthma risk. The findings come from a study of

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  4. Hamburgers Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids

    June 4, 2010 -- Need another reason to cut down on those visits to the fast-food drive-through? New research shows that kids who eat three or more burgers a week have a higher risk for developing asthma and wheezing than kids who eat fewer burgers. Conversely, asthma risk was lower for children whos

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  5. Asthma Patients: Danger Lurks in Fatty Meals

    May 17, 2010 -- People who have asthma should avoid heavy, high-fat meals because it can inflame their airways, a new study says. Such meals appear to inhibit relief provided by the common asthma medication Ventolin, generically known as albuterol, Australian researchers report. They recruited 40 pe

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  6. Childhood Asthma Linked to Risk of COPD

    May 17, 2010 -- Children who suffer from severe, persistent asthma are nearly 32 times more likely to develop chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) in adulthood, according to a study spanning nearly half a century. That conclusion is based on data from the Melbourne Asthma Study, which includes ch

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  7. Asthma: The Rescue Inhaler -- Now a Cornerstone of Asthma Treatment

    When asthma symptoms are in high gear and the wheezing and coughing sets in, it's the inhaler to the rescue -- the rescue inhaler, to be exact. If you have asthma, your rescue inhaler should be among the first things you reach for when you leave the house, along with your wallet and car keys. How do

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  8. FDA Approves New Device for Asthma Relief

    April 29, 2010 -- The FDA has approved the first non-drug, device-based treatment for adults with severe asthma whose medications aren't providing enough relief. The device, called an Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty System, uses a catheter with a tip that delivers a form of thermal energy to the airway

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  9. Traffic Pollution Raises ER Visits for Asthma

    April 22, 2010 -- Ozone and pollution emitted by traffic have been linked to spikes in asthma-related emergency room visits among children, particularly during summer, according to a large, population-based study. Researchers from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta co

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  10. How to Treat Kids' Hard-to-Control Asthma

    March 17, 2010 - What's the next step when a child's regular steroid inhaler fails to prevent asthma attacks? Different kids do best with different step-up treatments, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows. The drugs with the best chance of success -- 45% -- are long-acting

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