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    Mild Asthma Patients May Do OK With Less Steroids

    Mild Asthma Patients May Do OK With Less Steroids

    Posted 9:12 PM 9/11/2012

    Sept. 11, 2012 -- People with mild to moderate asthma might fare just as well inhaling steroid medications only when they have symptoms instead of twice every day as recommended, researchers report.

    Basing treatment on symptoms could reduce the amount of drug used, minimize the risk of side effects, and may save billions of dollars in health care costs every year (More)
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    Asthma Drug Shown to Stunt Growth

    Asthma Drug Shown to Stunt Growth

    Posted 3:00 PM 9/4/2012

    Sept. 4, 2012 -- Children with asthma who take inhaled steroids end up slightly shorter than their peers when they grow up, a government-funded study shows.

    Inhaled steroids are known to slow growth in children during the first years of use, but the long-term impact of inhaled steroids on height was unknown until now.

    One researcher says the risk for lower growth may (More)
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    Generic Singulair Approved

    Generic Singulair Approved

    Posted 9:28 PM 8/3/2012

    Aug. 3, 2012 -- The FDA today gave 10 generic drugmakers approval to start making generic versions of Singulair (montelukast sodium), the popular asthma and allergy drug.

    Singulair, usually taken in the form of tablets, has been (More)
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    Asthma an Often Unrecognized Risk for Older People

    Asthma an Often Unrecognized Risk for Older People

    Posted 5:25 PM 5/4/2012

    May 4, 2012 -- Asthma is not just dangerous for kids.

    People over 65 also have asthma and often face an uphill health battle as a result, a new study suggests. Once hospitalized, these individuals are 14 times more likely to die from asthma than younger adults. What's more, asthma increases their risk for impaired lung function and a worse quality of life.

    Part of the reason for the poor outcomes is that asthma is often misdiagnosed and undertreated (More)
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    The Worst Cities in the U.S. for Asthma

    The Worst Cities in the U.S. for Asthma

    Posted 6:20 PM 5/1/2012

    May 1, 2012 -- Memphis residents may have a new reason to sing the blues, if they can catch their breath.

    A new report ranks the southern city as the most challenging city in the U.S. to live with asthma, followed closely by New Haven, Conn., and Knoxville, Tenn.

    The 2012 list of "Asthma Capitals" takes into account factors like prevalence of asthma, poor air (More)
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    Worst Cities for Spring Allergies in 2012

    Worst Cities for Spring Allergies in 2012

    Posted 11:06 PM 3/20/2012

    March 20, 2012 -- The third time is said to be the charm. But it's doubtful the allergy sufferers in Knoxville find it charming that for a third consecutive year their East Tennessee city has earned the No. 1 spot on the list of the worst places to live with spring allergies.

    Knoxville natives have had plenty to sneeze at each spring. In 2009, Tennessee's third largest city placed second in this annual ranking of the 100 "most challenging places to live in (More)
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    Study Links Common Household Products to Asthma

    Study Links Common Household Products to Asthma

    Posted 4:02 AM 3/8/2012

    March 8, 2012 -- Many cleaning and personal care products contain chemicals linked with asthma flare-ups or hormone disruption, according to new research.

    On the list: sunscreens, vinyl shower curtains, and fragranced products.

    "Consumer products in the home can be a significant source of hormone-disrupting chemicals and asthma-associated chemicals," says Robin (More)
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    Farm Life Linked to Fewer Allergies, Less Asthma

    Farm Life Linked to Fewer Allergies, Less Asthma

    Posted 8:57 PM 3/7/2012

    March 7, 2012 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Could the older, more rustic Amish lifestyle hold the key to preventing allergies?

    An Indiana researcher thinks so. His research suggests that children who grow up on Amish farms are less prone to allergies and hay fever than Swiss (More)
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    Relieve Ragweed Allergies Without Shots

    Relieve Ragweed Allergies Without Shots

    Posted 9:41 PM 3/5/2012

    March 5, 2012 (Orlando, Fla.) -- For many allergy sufferers, getting shots is a pesky, even painful part of ragweed season. Now, researchers report success testing an under-the-tongue tablet as an alternative to injections in people with ragweed allergies.

    In a study of more than 500 people with ragweed allergies, people who took the experimental tablets had less nasal (More)
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    Can Herbs Fight Asthma?

    Can Herbs Fight Asthma?

    Posted 7:10 PM 3/5/2012

    March 5, 2012 (Orlando, Fla.) -- A traditional Chinese herbal remedy known as kampo helped to relieve daily asthma symptoms in nearly all of more than 200 people studied, Japanese researchers report.

    North American allergy experts tell WebMD that although they find the preliminary findings fascinating, further study is needed before they would recommend the (More)
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