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  1. Your Pillows Are Full of Fungus

    Oct. 14, 2005 - Fungal spores fill our pillows, British researchers report. Science has already alerted us to the unsavory fact that tiny dust mites populate the pillows on which we sleep. But that's not the end of the gross-out, thanks to Ashley Woodcock, MD, professor of respiratory medicine at th

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  2. Budget-Friendly Home Asthma Program Works

    Oct. 13, 2005 -- A home-based plan to ease kids' asthma symptoms works and may be cost-effective, a new study shows. The study included 800 children aged 5 to 11 with moderate to severe asthma. Most were black or Hispanic children living in low-income, inner-city neighborhoods, where asthma rates te

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  3. Live the Rural Life, Avoid Asthma?

    Oct. 10, 2005 -- The golden rule of real estate -- location, location, location -- may apply to your lungs' health, a new asthma study shows. In the study, people living in rural Scotland had some health advantages over their big-city peers: Less likely to have asthma Less likely to have general res

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  4. Arthritis Drug May Ease Severe Asthma

    Sept. 14, 2005 - A drug commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis may also help people with a difficult-to-treat form of severe asthma, according to early research. A small study in the journal Thorax shows that people with severe asthma treated with twice- weekly injections of the drug Enbrel exp

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  5. Bacteria By-product in Dust May Trigger Asthma

    Sept. 9, 2005 - Bacteria by-products in household dust can trigger asthma, scientists report. The by-products are called endotoxins. Adults living in homes with high endotoxin levels were more likely to have asthma, write Peter Thorne, PhD, and colleagues. Thorne works at the University of Iowa's En

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  6. Are Home Air Cleaners Worth the Money?

    Sept. 6, 2005 - The product testing group Consumers Union says even the best home air cleaners may not be worth the money when it comes to improving your health. In a report published in the October issue of its magazine, Consumer Reports, the group rated the effectiveness of the popular room air cl

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  7. Dad's Asthma May Make Child's Asthma Worse

    Sept. 1, 2005 - Having a father with asthma may put children with the disease at risk for more severe symptoms. A new study shows that children with asthma whose fathers also suffer from the respiratory disease are more likely to develop serious airway constriction than other children with asthma. S

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  8. Brain Activity May Play Role in Asthma

    Aug. 29, 2005 -- When an asthma attack occurs, words like "wheeze" may boost brain activity linked to inflammation, scientists report. They write that their small study may offer new clues about inflammatory conditions like asthma and could lead to new treatments. "The data suggest potential future

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  9. Chemical 'Key' Found to Virus-Induced Asthma

    Aug. 15, 2005 -- A chemical messenger in the blood can tell doctors whether the cause of an asthma attack is a virus or an allergy. The finding may one day lead to a new treatment for most severe asthma attacks. It would be an important advance. An asthma attack associated with a viral respiratory i

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  10. FDA Panel: 3 Asthma Drugs Can Stay

    July 13, 2005 -- An FDA advisory panel recommended Wednesday that three popular asthma drugs -- Serevent, Advair, and Foradil -- continue to be sold in U.S. pharmacies. The FDA often follows the advice of its advisory panels, but it's not required to do so. All three drugs are long-acting medication

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