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  1. Worst Cities for People With Asthma

    March 5, 2010 -- Richmond, Va., is the “most challenging” place to live for Americans with asthma, according to a ranking by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). It is joined in the Top 25 by 12 other Southern cities. The AAFA says the poor ranking for cities in the South is due in l

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  2. Cholesterol Drugs May Fight Asthma, Too

    March 3, 2010 (New Orleans) -- Once again, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have been shown to be good for more than the heart. Already linked to a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and cancer, statins also may help people with asthma breathe easier, researchers re

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  3. Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Asthma

    March 3, 2010 (New Orleans) -- Many children with asthma have low blood levels of vitamin D, and the insufficiency seems to place them at risk for more severe disease. In a study of 99 kids with asthma, 47% had vitamin D insufficiency. Compared with children with normal levels of vitamin D levels, t

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  4. Panel Critical of FDA's Asthma Drug Ruling

    March 1, 2010 (New Orleans) -- A leading panel of asthma experts today criticized a new FDA ruling that long-acting asthma drugs should be used only for the shortest period of time required to achieve control of asthma symptoms and then discontinued. The panel agreed with the FDA warning that the lo

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  5. FDA Limits Long-Acting Asthma Inhalers

    Feb. 19, 2010 -- The long-acting asthma drugs Serevent and Foradil should never be used alone, the FDA has ruled. The FDA also moved to limit use of the combination drugs Advair and Symbicort by asthma patients. All of the drugs contain a class of drugs called long-acting beta agonists (LABAs), whic

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  6. Survey: Asthma Control Still Poor

    Feb. 18, 2010 -- Asthma patients know more than they did a decade ago about controlling their disease and have better medications to do it with. But a new nationwide survey finds little decline in hospitalizations or ER visits over the last 10 years. Based on a survey of 2,500 patients who reported

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  7. Herbal Remedy Users Have Worse Asthma

    Feb. 3, 2010 -- Inner-city asthma sufferers who take herbal remedies tend to have worse symptoms and to use their inhalers less, researchers find. Do these patients rely too much on unproven herbal remedies? Or are they turning to alternative treatments because they aren't getting enough relief from

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  8. Vitamin D May Ease Asthma

    Jan. 28, 2010 -- Not getting enough vitamin D may make asthma worse, according to a new study. Researchers found that low vitamin D levels were associated with worse lung function compared to higher vitamin D levels in people with asthma. In addition, the study showed that people with low vitamin D

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  9. New Gene Tied to Childhood Asthma

    Dec. 28, 2009 -- A newly identified gene may play a critical role in triggering childhood asthma and offer new opportunities for developing more effective asthma treatments. Researchers say the gene, DENND1B, affects cells and other signaling molecules thought to be involved in the immune system ove

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  10. Oral Contraceptives May Help Treat Asthma

    Nov. 6, 2009 -- Treatment with oral contraceptives may benefit premenopausal women with asthma, even if their asthma symptoms are not strongly linked to their monthly menstrual cycles, early research suggests. In a small but rigorously designed study, researchers from the University of Alberta confi

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