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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Survey: Asthma Control Still Poor

    Feb. 18, 2010 -- Asthma patients know more than they did a decade ago about controlling their disease and have better medications to do it with. But a new nationwide survey finds little decline in hospitalizations or ER visits over the last 10 years. Based on a survey of 2,500 patients who reported

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  4. Herbal Remedy Users Have Worse Asthma

    Feb. 3, 2010 -- Inner-city asthma sufferers who take herbal remedies tend to have worse symptoms and to use their inhalers less, researchers find. Do these patients rely too much on unproven herbal remedies? Or are they turning to alternative treatments because they aren't getting enough relief from

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  5. Vitamin D May Ease Asthma

    Jan. 28, 2010 -- Not getting enough vitamin D may make asthma worse, according to a new study. Researchers found that low vitamin D levels were associated with worse lung function compared to higher vitamin D levels in people with asthma. In addition, the study showed that people with low vitamin D

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  6. New Gene Tied to Childhood Asthma

    Dec. 28, 2009 -- A newly identified gene may play a critical role in triggering childhood asthma and offer new opportunities for developing more effective asthma treatments. Researchers say the gene, DENND1B, affects cells and other signaling molecules thought to be involved in the immune system ove

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  7. Oral Contraceptives May Help Treat Asthma

    Nov. 6, 2009 -- Treatment with oral contraceptives may benefit premenopausal women with asthma, even if their asthma symptoms are not strongly linked to their monthly menstrual cycles, early research suggests. In a small but rigorously designed study, researchers from the University of Alberta confi

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  8. Acetaminophen May Be Linked to Asthma Risk

    Nov. 5, 2009 -- The popular pain and fever reliever acetaminophen may be linked with an increased risk of asthma in children and adults, according to a new research review of previously published studies by Canadian researchers. But the manufacturer of Tylenol -- the brand-name version of acetaminop

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  9. 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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  10. 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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