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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Asthma Rates on the Rise in U.S.

    May 3, 2011 -- The number of people with asthma has been rising in recent years, but CDC researchers say in a new report that they aren’t sure why. The CDC says that the number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million between 2001 and 2009, when one in 12 Americans were told they had the

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  4. Acetaminophen in Pregnancy: Link to Baby's Asthma?

    March 30, 2011 -- Pregnant women who take the popular painkiller acetaminophen (Acephen, Actamin, Feverall, Tylenol, and Uniserts) may be boosting their baby's risk of asthma, according to a new report. But the findings should not be cause for alarm, says study researcher Richard Beasley, MD, profes

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  5. Asthma May Raise Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease

    March 21, 2011 -- Asthma may increase your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, shows new research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in San Francisco. The common denominator between these conditions appears to be inflammation, according

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  6. Xolair Relieves Kids' Seasonal Asthma Attacks: Study

    March 16, 2011 -- The asthma drug Xolair (omalizumab) improves asthma control, nearly eliminates seasonal flare-ups, and allows reductions in the doses of other asthma control medications in children as young as 6, according to a new study. Xolair is approved by the FDA for use only in people 12 and

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  7. Bacteria on Farms May Protect Against Asthma

    Feb. 23, 2011 -- New research lends support to the idea that exposure to a wide range of microbes explains why farm kids have lower asthma rates than city kids. School-aged children in the studies who lived on farms were about 30% to 50% less likely to have asthma than non-farm children who lived ne

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  8. Alternative Way to Treat Childhood Asthma?

    Feb. 15, 2011 -- Using inhaled steroids as a rescue medicine along with albuterol may help some children with mild persistent asthma avoid daily inhaled steroid therapy and one of its potential side effects, namely growth restriction, according to a new study. The new findings, which appear in the L

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  9. Family Meals Linked to Improved Asthma in Kids

    Feb. 4, 2011 -- Eating together at family meals may be an especially healthy habit for children with asthma. A new study suggests children with asthma who spend quality time with their families by eating together are healthier than those who eat alone, while watching TV, or while others are busy cha

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  10. Asthma a Problem for Millions

    Jan. 12, 2011 -- Asthma takes a heavy toll on Americans, causing thousands of deaths and sending nearly 2 million people to emergency rooms for treatment each year, a new report finds. In addition, asthma prevalence is higher among females, children, African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, people living b

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