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  1. FDA Checking Heart Risk of Xolair

    July 16, 2009 -- The FDA is reviewing a possible link between the asthma drug Xolair and an increased risk of heart and cerebrovascular disorders. Since the FDA investigation is still under way, the agency is not telling doctors to stop prescribing Xolair and is not recommending any changes to the p

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  2. Asthma and Depression

    Asthma, a chronic disease of the airways, affects more than 22 million people in the U.S. Most people with asthma have symptoms such as cough and wheezing. But did you know that people with asthma have twice the risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders, including depression? Depression, with it

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  3. Asthma in Women

    When it comes to women and asthma, the ability to breathe can be affected by pregnancy, the menstrual cycle, and menopause. Women who also have allergies and other asthma triggers may struggle to get a breath of fresh air.  “Unequivocally, women with asthma face an extra challenge simply because the

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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