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Managing Asthma: Learn To Breathe Easier

Asthma is a common, long-lasting disease that affects the lungs. It can begin in childhood or adulthood. Without proper care, asthma can become serious, even deadly. But most people with asthma learn to manage the disease so they have few symptoms or none at all.

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Bad Air Day: Air Quality and Your Health

In many parts of the country, summer has the worst air quality of any season. When the forecast says it's a code red day for air quality, what does it mean for your health?

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Drug Helps Relieve Asthma in Young People

In a new study, adding a drug called omalizumab to asthma treatment nearly eliminated seasonal surges in asthma attacks among young city dwellers. The finding could help doctors combat this common disease.

Recommended NIH Resources

(National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
Information and resources on asthma. Includes videos on how to use inhalers, listings of health studies and clinical trials, NIEHS activities and resources, general information, and materials for educators.

(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
An overview of asthma, including causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
Research and information on asthma that focuses on understanding how the environment, allergens, and genetics interact with the immune system to cause the disease and aggravate symptoms.

What You Need To Know About Asthma and Complementary Health Practices
(National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Learn about complementary health practices for asthma, such as acupuncture, breathing exercises and herbal supplements.

Lung Function Tests
(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Lung function tests, also called pulmonary function tests, measure how well your lungs work. These tests are used to look for the cause of breathing problems, such as shortness of breath.


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