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Asthma: Redefining this silent killer

Asthma kills 10 people in the United States every day, and many of these deaths are avoidable. It is time to redefine the disease and bring diagnosis and treatment into the 21st century, says an international panel of experts. It's not just…

Vitamin D supplements may reduce asthma severity

Adding vitamin D supplements to standard medication could reduce the severity of asthma attacks for individuals with the respiratory condition, suggests a new review. The new review suggests that vitamin D supplementation may help to reduce…

The 10 best asthma blogs

Asthma can sometimes be stressful and challenging. But it does not have to be a limiting condition. We have selected the best asthma blogs that include useful tips and suggestions to help you keep your symptoms under control. Asthma blogs…

Obese children with asthma spend longer in hospital

Both asthma and obesity are becoming increasingly common in the United States. The latest research to examine relationships between the conditions finds that obesity is a risk factor for repeated hospital visits in children with asthma.…

What is a bronchospasm and what causes it?

A bronchospasm occurs when the muscles that line the airways of the lungs constrict or tighten, reducing airflow by 15 percent or more.People with asthma, allergies, and lung conditions are more likely to develop bronchospasms than those…

What does reactive airway disease mean?

Reactive airway disease describes a set of symptoms that may or may not be caused by asthma. The symptoms include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.Sometimes the terms reactive airway disease and asthma are used interchangeably.…

What do rescue inhalers do?

A rescue inhaler helps to expand a person's airways during an asthma attack.Rescue inhalers dispense a type of medication called a bronchodilator, which expands, or dilates, the airways, known as bronchioles. Here, we explore the different…

Can you use an inhaler after the expiration date?

It is usually safe to use an albuterol sulfate inhaler beyond the expiry date listed on the device, although it may not be as effective as it once was.An albuterol sulfate (Proventil, Ventolin) inhaler provides relief from asthma attacks…

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