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Urine Test Predicts Asthma in Kids

A researcher with the AllerGen research network in Canada is hoping a urine test he’s developing will turn the grey area of diagnosing asthma into simple black and white. Asthma can be tricky for a doctor to diagnose, especially in young kids. Symptoms can mimic other diseases and spirometry, the breathing test to diagnose asthma, […]

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Asthma Stays With You for Life

A huge Canadian study shows that once you’re diagnosed with asthma, you’re very likely stuck with it for life.

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Novel Dust Mite Vaccine on Its Way

If you’re one of the 20 million Americans with an allergy to house dust mites, then you probably know that relief can sometimes be found with allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy. But signing up for years of weekly needles isn’t for everyone. So many of us continue to simply treat the symptoms – the […]

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Moderate Drinking May Protect Against Asthma

Those who are moderate imbibers of wine and beer may be staving off asthma. But don’t drink too much!

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Group Assails Delay in Smog Standards

President Obama has chosen to delay a new National Air Quality Standard for ground level ozone – a move that jeopardizes the health of millions of Americans with asthma and other respiratory conditions.

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Gene Linked to Asthma in African-Americans

As many as 29 percent of those of African descent are found to have a gene that makes them susceptible to asthma.

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May 2011 Awareness Month: Asthma

May is the official month of asthma and allergy awareness. Here are a few of the activities and events. – Managing your child’s asthma while he or she is at school is a challenge. Enter the Everyone Breathe Asthma Education Grants program, courtesy of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America in partnership with corporate […]

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Asthma Increases Other Risks

A new study shows that having asthma increases the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.

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The Fireplace and Asthma

Jo-Anne St. Vincent is a nurse and CAE at the Children’s Asthma Education Centre in Winnipeg. Q. My husband and I are hoping to put in a gas fireplace. Is it correct to assume this would be safer than wood-burning since our son has moderate, controlled asthma? Jo-Anne St. Vincent: Wood-burning fireplaces can expose family […]

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Warnings Get in Smokers’ Faces

New warnings on cigarette packages will cover 75 per cent of the surface area. Experts agree: bigger warnings will be more effective.

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