Allercy and Asthma Health
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Severe H1N1 More Common in People with Asthma

Massachusetts health authorities have found that asthma was present in 31% of patients with underlying medical problems who were hospitalized with H1N1 influenza.

Asthma Inhalers Weakened by Air Pollution

A study by Pennsylvania researchers found that some air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide and ozone, lessen the effectiveness of inhaled medications in kids with asthma.

Asthmatic Smokers' Lungs Can Recover After Quitting Smoking

A new study from Dutch researchers finds asthmatic smokers can reverse the damage they have done to their lungs by quitting.

Peanut Allergies May Not Be as Common as We Think

In a British study involving 79 eight-year-olds who initially tested positive for peanut allergy, only 7 were found to have a true allergy after more extensive testing was done.

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Too-frequent use of asthma inhalers could actually make asthma worse: according to British investigators, the medications increase the release of lung chemicals that bring on asthma attacks.

Allergy Shots Get the Job Done

A ten year study conducted in the U.S. finds allergy shots reduce health care costs in kids with hay fever by a third and cut prescription costs by 16%.


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