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Asthma

Find the latest stories, news, and expert advice about asthma, including medical research on symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

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Obese woman with asthma.
Risk Factors

The Link Between Obesity and Asthma

Obesity could increase your risk of asthma because of changes in your respiratory muscles and other related conditions, according to this study.

Girl using asthma inhaler.
Obesity

Does Asthma Increase Childhood Obesity Risk?

The common belief is that obesity increases asthma risk in children, but it may be the other way around: Cildren with asthma may have a higher obesity risk.

Happy little girl sitting on her bed with her pet dog.
Risk Factors

Maybe You Can Keep Your Pet Even if You Have Asthma

Once asthma treatment guidelines are implemented, environmental exposure to pets or secondhand smoke is not a significant factor in asthma control.

Infant exposed to secondhand smoke by parent smoking a cigarette.
Risk Factors

Children and Secondhand Smoke Risks Decades After Exposure

Secondhand smoke exposure during childhood is linked to increase risk of COPD later in life. Learn about the risks of early exposure to smoke.

Girl using asthma inhaler in park in autumn.
Risk Factors

Childhood Asthma May Be Linked to Adult Anxiety

Researchers at Penn State conducted a study to learn more about the association between child asthma and the risk for developing anxiety in adulthood.

Woman enjoying life with asthma under control.
Living With

6 Things That Help Me Control My Asthma Better

Asthma control can be improved with lifestyle changes and possibly some complementary therapies. Learn more simple ways that might help you manage your asthma.

Woman having trouble breathing
Symptoms

Women With Asthma at Risk for COPD: Reducing Overlap Syndrome

Did you know that asthma and COPD symptoms can overlap? Learn ways to reduce your risks of developing COPD if you already have asthma.

Asthma medicines and inhalers.
Inhalers

Inhaled Asthma and COPD Meds Raise Lung Infection Risk

Inhaled steroids to treat asthma, COPD, or another breathing problem increase the risk for nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung infections.

Overweight boy with asthma.
Risk Factors

How Obesity Raises Asthma Risk

Obesity is a risk factor for asthma and they often coexist. A recent study suggests obesity raises asthma risk by changing how your airway muscles function.

Night shade vegetables.
Nutrition

The Best and Worst Foods for Severe Asthma

Learn more about the foods that might be triggering your severe asthma.