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salmeterol (Serevent)

salmeterol (Serevent)

What is salmeterol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Asthma is a breathing problem involving narrowing of the airways. Airways are breathing passages that allow air to move in and out of the lungs. In patients with asthma, airways can be narrowed by accumulation of mucus, spasm of the muscles that surround these […]

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Poor Asthma Control Tied to Worse School Performance

Poor Asthma Control Tied to Worse School Performance

Latest Asthma News MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Kids with poorly controlled asthma struggle in school, especially those who are ethnic minorities, a new study reports. Researchers evaluated asthma and allergy status, lung function and school performance of 216 black, Hispanic (Latino) and white children in a U.S. city. Those with a greater […]

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montelukast, Singulair

montelukast, Singulair

What is montelukast, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Montelukast is an oral leukotriene receptor antagonist that is used for the treatment of asthma and seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever). Leukotrienes are a group of naturally occurring chemicals in the body that promote inflammation in asthma and seasonal allergic rhinitis and in other […]

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ephedrine (oral)

ephedrine (oral)

What is oral ephedrine? Ephedrine directly stimulates alpha and beta-adrenergic receptors and increases the release of norepinephrine. Its actions include relaxation of bronchioles, increased heart rate and contractility, and increased blood pressure. It also causes blood vessels in the nasal passages to shrink (vasoconstrict). Vasoconstriction reduces nasal congestion by preventing fluid from draining from blood […]

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ipratropium bromide inhaler (Atrovent)

ipratropium bromide inhaler (Atrovent)

What is ipratropium bromide inhaler, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Ipratropium bromide is a bronchodilator that dilates (enlarges) airways (bronchi) in the lungs. It is used in treating, symptoms of asthma, colds, allergies, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Ipratropium blocks the effect of acetylcholine on […]

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Health Tip: Reducing Asthma Attacks in Cold Weather

Health Tip: Reducing Asthma Attacks in Cold Weather

(HealthDay News) — Dry, cold air can trigger asthma attacks, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says. Breathing in the winter air can cause airways to restrict, making it difficult to breathe. Latest Asthma News The foundation offers suggestions to reduce asthma attacks during winter: Cover your mouth with a scarf. Exercise indoors, not […]

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Does Fish Oil Help Control Asthma? Not So Much, Study Finds

Does Fish Oil Help Control Asthma? Not So Much, Study Finds

Latest Asthma News TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Fish oil did not improve asthma control in overweight/obese young people with uncontrolled disease, a new study shows. It included 98 participants, aged 12 to 25, who had diagnosed asthma but poor asthma control, despite using a daily inhaled corticosteroid. Three-quarters of the participants took […]

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Friends’ Vaping Could Pose Danger to Kids With Asthma

Friends’ Vaping Could Pose Danger to Kids With Asthma

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Asthma News WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Add another danger that e-cigarettes pose to teenagers: A new study finds secondhand exposure to vaping may raise the chances of asthma attacks in adolescents with the respiratory condition. Middle school and high school students with asthma were 27 percent more […]

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Asthma Often Goes Undetected in Urban Teens, Study Finds

Asthma Often Goes Undetected in Urban Teens, Study Finds

Latest Asthma News WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For many city-dwelling teens with asthma, their chronic lung disease may go undiagnosed and untreated, a new study finds. According to a survey of more than 33,000 New York City high school students, 20 percent reported having asthma-like symptoms, but were not diagnosed with the […]