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HEALTH
November 13, 2000 | JONATHAN FIELDING and VALERIE ULENE
During an asthma attack, people literally struggle to get air into and out of their lungs. Airways narrowed by inflammation and muscle spasm can make every breath a challenge for the 14 million Americans who have this disease. Although much attention is given to the medical treatment of these frightening attacks, too little attention is paid to preventing them. Avoiding the things that trigger attacks can help prevent breathing problems and, perhaps, reduce the need for medication.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2000
The low-dose steroid drugs inhaled by asthma sufferers not only prevent asthma attacks but also help those patients live longer, according to a study in today's New England Journal of Medicine. The discovery that regular use of the inhaled drugs can reduce the rate of death from asthma "has important implications for the treatment of patients with asthma," said researchers from McGill University in Montreal.
NEWS
June 30, 2000 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal researchers soon will provide state-of-the-art vacuum cleaners to 50 families in Detroit who have asthmatic children ages 7 to 11, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences announced Thursday.
NEWS
October 5, 1999 | From Reuters
Scientists have identified two genes that contribute to the development of asthma, a discovery that could help reduce susceptibility to attacks, researchers said Monday. A new study suggests that just a subtle tweaking of the two newly identified genes could be the key to offering relief to those suffering from the respiratory ailment. "The two genes we focused on were already suspected of having something to do with asthma," said Derek Symula, a geneticist at the U.S.
SPORTS
September 4, 1999 | Associated Press
DeJuan Goulde, a Toledo defensive end who had an asthma attack during the Rockets' 35-12 loss to Syracuse, was released from the hospital Friday. Goulde collapsed on the sidelines and was down for about 15 minutes before the game was called off with 1:28 remaining Thursday night. While medical crews attended to Goulde, who was having trouble breathing, players from both teams stood quietly on the field.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1999 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was just last week that 10-year-old Yvett Ulloa ran the mile in under 12 minutes at Portola Hills Elementary School. While her time wasn't at all special, it was remarkable that the young asthmatic could finish the gym class test at all. "Before she had treatment for her asthma, she couldn't even walk that mile because she would get tired and cough and was so short of breath," said her mother, Raquel Ulloa of Trabuco Canyon.
NEWS
December 18, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Researchers have identified a molecule that plays a key role in causing asthma symptoms, a finding that could lead to new treatments for the disorder that affects 15 million Americans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1998
Two drugs have proved effective in preventing asthma attacks triggered by exercise, according to today's New England Journal of Medicine. The drugs are Singulair, known generically as montelukast, a newly approved once-a-day pill made by Merck & Co., and Serevent, or salmeterol, an aerosol spray made by Glaxo Wellcome Corp. Asthma brought on by vigorous exercise is common. It occurs especially often when people work out in cold, dry air.
NEWS
November 30, 1997 | MARCIDA DODSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The three Molson children have had asthma since they were babies. They know that an attack--a wheezing episode that leaves them gasping for breath--could be just around the corner, or in the next room, if it is filled with perfume or smoke. Their mother lugs around a rumpled paper bag full of medicines and inhalers wherever her brood goes.
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