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  1. Asthma and Cities: Which Cities Rank Best?

    For the past six years, the nonprofit Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA) has released a list of the "Asthma Capitals" -- the worst cities for asthma. The top offenders for 2009: St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Birmingham, Ala. But if those are the worst cities for asthma sufferers, does that mean other

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  2. Everyday Pain Relief: Asthma

    If you have asthma, you most likely work hard to avoid triggers. You shut the windows when the air is thick with pollen. You steer clear of homes with pets. You banish smokers to your front porch. But did you know that a potentially serious asthma trigger might be sitting in your medicine cabinet ri

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  3. Is Asthma Changing Your Appetite or Weight?

    When it comes to asthma and appetite, doctors and dietitians worry most about patients who eat too much, shun exercise for fear of becoming breathless, and end up being overweight. But in a small minority of patients, poorly controlled asthma can leave them too breathless and fatigued to eat properl

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  4. Could Your Migraines Signal Uncontrolled Asthma?

    In the doctor’s office, it’s a familiar combination: a patient with both asthma and migraine. Each disease tends to run in families, but are the two conditions also linked? If so, once a person gains better control of asthma symptoms, might the excruciating headaches ease, too? Headache specialist R

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  5. Asthma, Stress, and Anxiety: A Risky Cycle

    You’ve been battered by a recent layoff, and high-stakes job interviews are taxing your nerves. As your financial worries mount, so do your attacks of shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. Is there a relationship between asthma and stress?   Yes, says Peter Gergen, MD, MPH, a senior medical o

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  6. 4 Asthma Drugs Get New Precaution

    June 12, 2009 -- The FDA today asked makers of Singulair, Accolate, Zyflo, and Zyflo CR to include a precaution on those drugs' labels about reports of behavior and mood changes. Singulair is used to treat asthma and symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Accolate, Zyflo, and Zyflo CR are used to treat asth

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  7. Air Pollution High in California Cities

    April 29, 2009 -- Areas in California remain some of the most polluted in the U.S., with air quality that is likely damaging the health of millions of people, according to a report by the American Lung Association. The report finds that Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Calif., and Visalla-Porterville, Cali

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  8. Low Vitamin D Linked to Severe Asthma

    April 23, 2009 -- Low levels of vitamin D may be linked to severity of asthma in children, according to a new study. The study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, examined the blood levels of vitamin D in children with asthma. Lower levels of vitamin D were

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  9. Millions With Asthma Don’t Need PPIs

    April 8, 2009 -- Results from a new, government-funded study should change treatment practices for millions of asthma patients who take acid reflux drugs but have no heartburn symptoms. The practice of prescribing acid reflux-targeting proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications to patients whose asthma

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  10. Dramatic Strides Against Childhood Asthma

    March 17, 2009 (Washington, D.C.) -- Kids with severe asthma can breathe a lot easier than they could a decade ago. Thanks in large part to better medications, children with severe asthma are less likely to wheeze and suffer full-blown asthma attacks today than 10 years ago, researchers report. They

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