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    1. Not All Asthma Created Equal

      Jan. 30, 2008 -- There are key differences between severe asthma and milder forms of the disease. And those differences could have implications for the management of the most at-risk and hard-to-treat patients. In most cases, asthma can remain well controlled with medication. But 5% to 10% of asthma

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    2. Moms' Stress Tied to Kids' Asthma Risk

      Jan. 15, 2008 -- Children's odds of developing asthma may be higher if their mothers are under long-term stress, a Canadian study shows. The study included nearly 14,000 children born in 1995 in the Canadian province of Manitoba. Nearly 7% of the kids had been diagnosed with asthma by age 7. The res

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    3. Pesticides May Up Asthma in Farm Women

      Dec. 28, 2007 -- Farm women who use pesticides are more likely than nonusers to develop allergic asthma as adults, a U.S. study shows. This effect is particularly strong for the 60% of farm women who grew up on a farm. People who grow up on farms have a reduced risk of allergies. Pesticide users hav

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    4. Menopause Ups Lean Women's Asthma Risk

      Dec. 21, 2007 -- When they reach menopause, lean women have a fourfold higher risk of asthma than heavier, but not obese, women who are still menstruating. The surprising finding comes from a multination European study of 1,274 women age 45 to 56. About a third of the women had reached menopause; no

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    5. Stronger Warnings Urged on Asthma Drugs

      Nov. 28, 2007 -- An advisory panel recommended stronger warnings for a pair of popular asthma drugs Wednesday, saying they should alert doctors and patients that the drugs could increase risks of dangerous side effects in children. The two drugs, Serevent and Advair, already carry "black box" warnin

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    6. Extra Weight Adds to Asthma's Toll

      Nov. 13, 2007 -- Just 5 pounds of weight gain could make a difference for asthma patients trying to keep their condition under control. A new study of adult asthma patients shows that those who gained 5 pounds over 12 months reported poorer asthma control, worse quality of life, and greater use of s

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    7. Breastfeeding May Influence Asthma Risk

      Nov. 1, 2007 -- Prolonged breastfeeding appears to promote healthy lung development in most children, but it may increase the risk of asthma in babies born to mothers with the respiratory disease, new research suggests. Being breastfed for four months or longer was associated with worse lung functio

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    8. Think Asthma Under Control? Think Again

      Oct. 25, 2007 -- Most people with asthma say they have their disease under control, but experts say their symptoms tell otherwise. A new survey shows two-thirds of adults with asthma report that they have their disease under control, but more than half say they experience symptoms such as shortness

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    9. Asthma Inhalers Often Misused

      Oct. 24, 2007 -- Dry powder inhalers are often misused by patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonar y disease (COPD), a new German study shows. The researchers make two recommendations: Patients should be trained in the proper use of their dry powder inhaler. Patients should show their he

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    10. Early Day Care May Lower Asthma Risk

      Oct. 18, 2007 -- Attending day care from early infancy may help protect high-risk children from developing asthma, new research suggests. Regular day care attendance by 3 months of age was linked to lower levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies in the University of Arizona study, but the associa

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