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    1. Electrical Stimulation Eases Asthma Attack

      Nov. 3, 2009 -- Here’s a shocking way to help asthma patients catch their breath during a sudden and severe attack: Deliver tiny electrical impulses under the skin in the neck. Researchers from five U.S. institutions have found that electrical stimulation can safely be used to open the airways durin

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    2. Asthma Patients Often Skip Their Medication

      Oct. 23, 2009 -- Many asthma patients with poorly controlled asthma do not take their medications as prescribed, a new study from the U.K. suggests. Researchers found that in about a third of cases, poor compliance with treatment was a major factor in difficult-to-treat asthma. "There are a lot of r

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    3. Day Care Doesn't Protect Against Asthma

      Sept. 10, 2009 -- Infants and toddlers who attend day care are no less likely to develop asthma symptoms later in childhood than those who don’t attend day care, new research finds. The study challenges the so-called "hygiene hypothesis", which suggests that early exposure to infections and germs he

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    4. Stress May Cause Asthma in Kids

      July 21, 2009 -- Children living in high-stress homes may be more at risk for asthma associated with environmental triggers like traffic-related air pollution and exposure to cigarette smoke, new research shows. Among children who had regular exposure to pollution from traffic exhaust, those living

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    5. 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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    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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