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Idris Elba Attends “Mandela” Premiere After Hospitalization For Asthma Attack Idris Elba Attends “Mandela” Premiere After Hospitalization For Asthma Attack

Not even a brief stay in the hospital can keep Idris Elba away from doing his job. On Friday, Elba suffered an asthma attack after boarding a flight set for South Africa. He was immediately taken to a hospital in …

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 in Children Fall in Wake of Smoke-Free Laws Asthma Cases in Children 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, Study Finds Asthma Inhalers Could Stunt Height Growth, Study Finds
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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 …