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Asthma: What Triggers Your Asthma Attacks?

Asthma: What Triggers Your Asthma Attacks?

By Ellisha Rader Mannering July 15, 2014

Asthma can be a serious and frustrating disease to deal with and while there are many medications that will help treat the symptoms, the best way to avoid an asthma attack is to avoid whatever triggers it. It can be …

FDA On-Track to Eliminate CFC Inhalers This Year FDA On-Track to Eliminate CFC Inhalers This Year

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it is nearing the end of its decade-spanning elimination of all medical inhalers that contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Such inhalers will be entirely phased out by the end of 2013. The …

Epinephrine Pens Now Stocked at Schools in 29 States Epinephrine Pens Now Stocked at Schools in 29 States

Schools around the United States have been managing a new anxiety: whether or not their students will drop dead during recess of unanticipated allergic shock. Fox News reported that 15 states enacted laws permitting their schools to carry epinephrine pens, …

ADHD Linked to Allergies, Asthma in Children ADHD Linked to Allergies, Asthma in Children

As the number of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rises, doctors are now searching for an answer to why diagnoses are becoming more common. Last year, a study linked low-level mercury exposure in pregnant women to the disorder. This week, …

Asthma Cases Fall in Wake of Smoke-Free Laws Asthma Cases Fall in Wake of Smoke-Free Laws

A new study has shown that hospital admissions for childhood asthma have fallen significantly following the introduction of a smoke-free law in the U.K. The study, published today in the journal Pediatrics, showed a 12.3% fall in admissions for childhood …

Fertility Treatments Linked to Asthma in Children Fertility Treatments Linked to Asthma in Children
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A new study has shown that asthma was more common in children born after fertility treatments than those conceived naturally. The study found that five-year-old children born to “sub-fertile parents” were more likely to have asthma, wheezing, and to be …

Asthma Drug Rejected by U.K.’s NICE Asthma Drug Rejected by U.K.’s NICE
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The U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) this weekend issued a draft guidance stating that it does not recommend omalizumab, an asthma medication marketed as Xolair by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. NICE is a U.K. health authority that publishes …

Asthma Inhalers Could Stunt Height Growth Asthma Inhalers Could Stunt Height Growth
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A new study has found that children who use certain types of asthma inhalers end up shorter than normal in adulthood. The study, published this week in the New England Journal of Medecine, looked at over 1,000 children from ages …

Lung Disease Drug Trials Point Toward Approval Lung Disease Drug Trials Point Toward Approval
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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) this week announced that phase III of trials for its new long-acting muscarinic antagonist/long-acting beta2 agonist (LAMA/LABA) drug are complete. The drug, which is administered via inhaler, is a once-daily medicine for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease …

Doctor Launches Collaborative Asthma Wiki Doctor Launches Collaborative Asthma Wiki
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Imagine that you have asthma, and rather than give you a set of instructions about what to do if you have an attack, your doctor invites you to help write them? Would that make patients feel more engaged and empowered …