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More Studies Link Vaping to Asthma, COPD

More Studies Link Vaping to Asthma, COPD

Latest Asthma News By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Lung illnesses and deaths from vaping have been grabbing headlines for months, and now two new studies offer fresh evidence pointing to long-term respiratory concerns. The studies link the use of electronic cigarettes to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). […]

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Wildfires Send Kids to ERs for Breathing Problems

Wildfires Send Kids to ERs for Breathing Problems

Latest Asthma News WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Wildfires are becoming increasingly common, and along with the rising environmental damage, a new study finds more breathing problems for kids. In December 2017, a small wildfire in San Diego County, Calif., resulted in 16 more kids a day than usual showing up in emergency […]

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Kids’ ‘Microbiome’ May Play Key Role in Asthma

Kids’ ‘Microbiome’ May Play Key Role in Asthma

Latest Asthma News By Elizabeth HeubeckHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Microbes that live in a child’s upper airway could be linked to severe asthma attacks, new research suggests. For parents, it’s an all-too familiar scene: A child’s seemingly harmless cough quickly escalates to wheezing, gasping and an urgent need for emergency […]

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Cleaner Air Quickly Brings Big Health Benefits, Study Finds

Cleaner Air Quickly Brings Big Health Benefits, Study Finds

Latest Asthma News By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — When people are breathing cleaner air, their health generally improves — rapidly, in some cases, a new review shows. The report, from the Environmental Committee of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), details some of the evidence on air quality […]

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zafirlukast (Accolate)

zafirlukast (Accolate)

What is zafirlukast, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Zafirlukast is an oral leukotriene receptor antagonist used for treating asthma. Leukotrienes are a group of chemicals manufactured in the body from arachidonic acid. Release of leukotrienes within the body, for example, by allergic reactions, promotes inflammation in many diseases such as asthma, a […]

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Feather Bedding Caused Man’s Serious Respiratory Condition

Feather Bedding Caused Man’s Serious Respiratory Condition

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — It took months for the cause of a Scottish man’s serious respiratory condition to be traced to a feather duvet and feather pillows, a case study says. Latest Asthma News Martin Taylor, 43, first developed symptoms such as difficulty breathing and dizzy spells triggered by any amount of […]

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omalizumab (Xolair)

omalizumab (Xolair)

What is omalizumab, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Omalizumab is an injectable drug that is used for treating asthma. Omalizumab is a protein that resembles one type of human antibody. Antibodies are proteins produced by the body that recognize foreign substances such as bacteria (that cause infection) and pollens (that cause allergies). […]

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‘Green Inhalers’ Could Reduce Carbon Footprint: Study

‘Green Inhalers’ Could Reduce Carbon Footprint: Study

Latest Asthma News WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Eco-friendly asthma inhalers could lower both greenhouse emissions and medical costs, according to a new British study. Inhalers use hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) propellants to atomize and pump out the medication, but HFAs are potent greenhouse gases. And metered-dose inhalers are responsible for 3.9% of the carbon […]

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Bronchodilators (Drug Class)

What are bronchodilators, and how do they work? Bronchodilators are medications that open (dilate) the airways (bronchial tubes) of the lung by relaxing bronchial muscles and allow people who have difficulty breathing to breath better. Bronchodilators are used for treating: Asthma is a breathing problem resulting from narrowing of the airways that allow air to […]

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Claritin (loratadine) vs. Zyrtec (cetirizine)

Claritin (loratadine) vs. Zyrtec (cetirizine)

What are Claritin and Zyrtec? Hay fever (allergic rhinitis), hives (urticaria), and pollen-induced asthma are all reactions to histamines released by the body in response to an allergen (dust, pollen, or animal dander). Second-generation antihistamine drugs like Claritin and Zyrtec keep cells from interacting with histamine, thereby preventing allergy symptoms. Histamine is a relatively simple, […]