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March 22, 1996
A 38-year-old postal clerk was so badly traumatized by a robbery almost three weeks ago that she is still unable to return to work, postal officials said Thursday. The woman, of Lancaster, is an asthmatic who suffered a severe choking attack when the post office was held up at gunpoint March 2, said Pamela Prince, a postal service spokeswoman. Although not hospitalized, the clerk has been unable to return to work ever since, Prince said. About 1:30 p.m.
February 23, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Children raised on farms don't suffer from asthma as much as their city- and suburb-dwelling counterparts, according to a paper published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. But it's not necessarily because of the fresh air, full sun and hard work, researchers say -- it's because of the germs. Scientists had known that many of the things associated with farm life -- unpasteurized milk, exposure to animals such as cows and pigs, and hay -- helped kids grow up with stronger constitutions, perhaps because they were being exposed to harmless, even beneficial, bacteria along the way. To test this hypothesis, the researchers analyzed samples of house dust to look at the microbes within.
December 12, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The city of Oakland will receive federal funding from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement a school-based program to fight asthma. The $5-million, five-year grant will support a local program called Oakland Kicks Asthma, Rep. Barbara Lee said. Asthma rates in Oakland are among the highest in the nation.
Asthma should be treated just as aggressively in pregnant women as it is in the general population, federal health officials urged Monday in a new report that they predicted would have a major impact. The report concluded that the dangers of uncontrolled asthma are far greater to the mother and fetus than any known risks associated with asthma medications.
January 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Japanese scientists said last week that they had artificially reproduced a gene that plays an important role in causing asthma, the respiratory ailment that is the most widespread chronic disease in the developed world. Researchers from the University of Tokyo reported in Nature that their discovery could make it possible for the first time to design effective drugs against asthma and other inflammatory diseases.
August 28, 1989 | From staff and wire reports and
The incidence of asthma is rising dramatically in the United States and pollution is a major reason, researchers reported last week in a large nationwide study. "There is no question that the number of office visits to physicians for asthma is increasing tremendously," said Claude Lenfant, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. "We are faced with a tremendous health problem."
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.
December 18, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Genentech Inc. and Novartis' allergy drug anti-IgE appeared effective during company tests in reducing asthma flare-ups, Genentech said, sending its shares up 10%. South San Francisco-based Genentech and Novartis expect to apply for regulatory approval of the drug, also called E-25, in mid-2000. Analysts said the drug has blockbuster potential because of the number of people who suffer from allergy and asthma.
July 16, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
CALEXICO, CALIF. - As the relentless wind stirs up piles of dust and dirt and creates a gigantic funnel of haze in the vast, sweltering Imperial Valley, children like Marco Cisneros battle to breathe. Marco wheezes and coughs and reaches desperately for his inhaler, but the medication doesn't always give him the relief he needs. Often, his mother has to call 911. Since being diagnosed with severe asthma six years ago, Marco, who lives in this border town east of San Diego, has visited the hospital nearly 50 times.
October 3, 1990 | Associated Press
Asthma deaths have risen steadily in the United States, with the highest rate among black male children, researchers say. Asthma afflicts an estimated 9.9 million people in the United States and "affects children, blacks and the poor disproportionately," researchers said in this week's Journal of the American Medical Assn. The researchers noted that, from 1968 almost through the 1970s, the nation's asthma mortality rates declined.
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