Lung & Respiratory


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


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Yeast in Gut Linked to Asthma in Children

With as many as one in 10 children having asthma, the search for a root cause is an important one. The role that the microbiome plays in the development of asthma has been on researchers’ radar for quite some time. With the study of the Hygiene Hypot...

Vitamin D May Cut Asthma Attacks

Vitamin D May Cut Asthma Attacks

High-quality evidence suggests that taking vitamin D along with standard asthma medication can reduce the number of severe asthma exacerbations.

What Is a Spirometry Test?

What Is a Spirometry Test?

A spirometry test measures how much air flows in and out of your lungs and can be used to confirm whether you have asthma or another disease.

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The Link Between Asthma and Insomina

An ongoing longitudinal population survey indicates that there is a clear association between asthma and insomnia.

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Dyspnea: Reasons for Shortness of Breath Aside From Asthma

Dyspnea, the medical term for shortness of breath, can be caused by common asthma, but there are several other conditions that can cause dyspnea, as well.

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Can Maternal Fish Oil Supplementation Prevent Childhood Asthma?

Omega-3 consumption during pregnancy may play a role in preventing the development of asthma in the child.

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Pet Danger: Secondhand and Thirdhand Smoke

If you smoke, you don’t want your spouse, child, close friends, or co-workers exposed to the dangers of the smoke produced when you light up. After all, this is your habit or addiction, not theirs. But did you know that not only can you expose your d...

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One Downside to Being a Baker: Baker's Asthma

This specific type of asthma occurs in workers who spend significant amounts of time in the baking areas - exposed to flour dust.

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Can Asthma and Allergies Make You More Likely to Get Sick?

In the 11 years that our family has been dealing with allergies and asthma, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon. It seems that our allergic kids are sick way more frequently than our child who does not have allergies or asthma. From our experien...

Can Hookworms Hold The Key To Future Asthma Treatments?

Credit: iStock According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 20 million people in the United States have asthma. For most people, asthma is kept in check through the use of maintenance medications and rescue medications. Unf...