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  1. Childhood Asthma Linked to Risk of COPD

    May 17, 2010 -- Children who suffer from severe, persistent asthma are nearly 32 times more likely to develop chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) in adulthood, according to a study spanning nearly half a century. That conclusion is based on data from the Melbourne Asthma Study, which includes ch

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  2. Asthma Patients: Danger Lurks in Fatty Meals

    May 17, 2010 -- People who have asthma should avoid heavy, high-fat meals because it can inflame their airways, a new study says. Such meals appear to inhibit relief provided by the common asthma medication Ventolin, generically known as albuterol, Australian researchers report. They recruited 40 pe

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  3. FDA Approves New Device for Asthma Relief

    April 29, 2010 -- The FDA has approved the first non-drug, device-based treatment for adults with severe asthma whose medications aren't providing enough relief. The device, called an Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty System, uses a catheter with a tip that delivers a form of thermal energy to the airway

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  4. Traffic Pollution Raises ER Visits for Asthma

    April 22, 2010 -- Ozone and pollution emitted by traffic have been linked to spikes in asthma-related emergency room visits among children, particularly during summer, according to a large, population-based study. Researchers from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta co

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  5. How to Treat Kids' Hard-to-Control Asthma

    March 17, 2010 - What's the next step when a child's regular steroid inhaler fails to prevent asthma attacks? Different kids do best with different step-up treatments, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows. The drugs with the best chance of success -- 45% -- are long-acting

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  6. Worst Cities for People With Asthma

    March 5, 2010 -- Richmond, Va., is the “most challenging” place to live for Americans with asthma, according to a ranking by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). It is joined in the Top 25 by 12 other Southern cities. The AAFA says the poor ranking for cities in the South is due in l

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  7. Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Asthma

    March 3, 2010 (New Orleans) -- Many children with asthma have low blood levels of vitamin D, and the insufficiency seems to place them at risk for more severe disease. In a study of 99 kids with asthma, 47% had vitamin D insufficiency. Compared with children with normal levels of vitamin D levels, t

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  8. Cholesterol Drugs May Fight Asthma, Too

    March 3, 2010 (New Orleans) -- Once again, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have been shown to be good for more than the heart. Already linked to a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and cancer, statins also may help people with asthma breathe easier, researchers re

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  9. Panel Critical of FDA's Asthma Drug Ruling

    March 1, 2010 (New Orleans) -- A leading panel of asthma experts today criticized a new FDA ruling that long-acting asthma drugs should be used only for the shortest period of time required to achieve control of asthma symptoms and then discontinued. The panel agreed with the FDA warning that the lo

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  10. FDA Limits Long-Acting Asthma Inhalers

    Feb. 19, 2010 -- The long-acting asthma drugs Serevent and Foradil should never be used alone, the FDA has ruled. The FDA also moved to limit use of the combination drugs Advair and Symbicort by asthma patients. All of the drugs contain a class of drugs called long-acting beta agonists (LABAs), whic

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