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  1. Asthma Rates Up in Young Women

    May 24, 2005 (San Diego) -- The rate of asthma continues to steadily increase worldwide, but younger women may be particularly susceptible. "Young women had the highest risk of developing asthma," says Lars Larsson, MD, PhD, associate professor of respiratory medicine at the University of Ostersund,

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  2. Asthma Ups Risk of Bacteria Complications

    May 18, 2005 -- There is "strong evidence" of an association between asthma and complications from a common bacterium known to cause pneumonia, researchers report in The New England Journal of Medicine. Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, also known

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  3. Pet-Free Homes May Improve Asthma Relief

    May 9, 2005 -- When pet allergies trigger asthma, pet allergies trigger asthma, removing pets from the home and taking asthma medication bring maximum relief, say Japanese doctors. Toshihiro Shirai, MD, and colleagues report their findings in the May issue of Chest. They studied 20 adults (average a

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  4. Cleanest Air: Cheyenne, Wyo. Worst Air: L.A.

    April 29, 2005 -- America's air quality is a little bit better. But don't breathe a big sigh of relief -- especially if you're among the 52% of American's whose air is still unhealthy. The American Lung Association today released its annual State of the Air report, using data collected from 2001-200

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  5. Daily Drugs Not Always Needed for Mild Asthma

    April 13, 2005 -- Many adults with mild persistent asthma may not need daily inhaled steroid treatments to adequately control the condition, according to findings from a new government study. The surprising results could lead to a change in treatment guidelines for asthma, which currently call for d

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  6. Ionizing Air Cleaners May Pose Health Hazard

    April 4, 2005 -- Some popular ionizing air cleaners could be hazardous to your health, especially if you have asthma or allergies, says a product testing group. An investigation by Consumers Union (CU) -- the products testing group that publishes Consumer Reports -- found that five of the best-selli

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  7. Will Your Child Outgrow Asthma?

    March 22, 2005 - Some kids can "outgrow" asthma, but most don't, a new study shows. For nine years, Ronina Covar, MD, of National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, and colleagues followed 900 children with mild to moderate asthma. Only 6% of the kids fully "outgrew" their asthma. This mean

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  8. Misconceptions About Inhaled Steroids

    Misunderstandings about inhaled steroids prescribed for asthma may prompt some patients to cut back on the drug's use. That could lead to asthma flare-ups, a new study suggests. Better communication between patients and doctors could help clear the air. Doctors should explore patient beliefs about t

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  9. Obesity May Raise Kids' Asthma Risk

    March 15, 2005 -- Childhood obesity and asthma may be connected, but it's not clear which comes first. Children with an active wheeze had significantly higher BMI and a greater prevalence of obesity, write researchers. Although there is speculation that asthma predisposes to obesity by reducing phys

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  10. Obesity May Raise Kids' Asthma Risk

    Childhood obesity and asthma may be connected, but it's not clear which comes first. Children with an active wheeze had significantly higher BMI and a greater prevalence of obesity, write researchers. Although there is speculation that asthma predisposes to obesity by reducing physical activity, thi

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