I am in 55 and just started having difficulty breathing on occasion. I am a usually healthy, slightly overweight, never smoker. Could I have developed asthma at this age?
Laura Finlayson, 40, from Westwood, New Jersey, just couldn't seem to shake her persistent cough. It lingered for months and was so violent that she ended up in the emergency room with bruised ribs.
Antibiotics are often prescribed for children with asthma, when the need is not justified, as Ninette Sosa reports.
If you spend time around children these days, you can tell that summertime is rapidly approaching. Kids get that frenetic, school-is-almost-over energy, and we adults get ready to organize campouts and swimming trips.
A Missouri-based coal company was the victim of a hoax Tuesday after activists set up a fake website saying the company would offer free, custom-branded inhalers to children.
The tragedy unfolded with startling speed.
A recent CNN article examining hotel room hygiene revealed some uncomfortable truths. From bacteria and dead skin cells infesting the mattress to improper cleaning practices, it was enough to make anybody think twice about getting too comfortable in a hotel. However, such concerns are often overblown and, in some cases, unhealthy.
Until he lost his appeals and changed his tune, Floyd Landis pioneered the Jack Daniels defense. Another athlete, a former American track and field sprinter, insisted that his elevated levels of testosterone were the result of repeated intercourse, and copious amounts of beer, on the eve of the test.
It started around 1 a.m. My son, Liam, was 14 months old, and the noises coming from his room didn't seem completely human: There was a sort of honking bark followed by a whistle-y kind of breathing.
Teenagers who take acetaminophen -- the active ingredient in Tylenol and many other over-the-counter remedies -- may be at increased risk of asthma and some allergic conditions, according to a new study of more than 320,000 children in 50 countries.
When most people think of suicide, they think of psychological problems such as depression and anxiety. But new research suggests that lung trouble may also play a role.
If you've ever seen a brown haze of pollution hanging over your city, most likely your response was, "Ugh. How can I avoid breathing that stuff?" But let's face it, even if you know it's a bad air day, you probably need to grab some sunshine, get in an outdoor run, or get to work.
Last week, Dr. Otis Brawley answered Beth's question about whether her chemotherapy for breast cancer could be causing her hands to shake excessively. Now he looks at other reasons this might be happening.
New York City is training at-risk youths for green jobs.
Fabian Vazquez is a teenager who spends hours on end climbing trees in New York City concrete jungle.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a new therapy for severe asthma patients.
Do you cough, wheeze, or get short of breath when you exercise in cold weather? You could have asthma, but you've got plenty of company. Exercise-induced asthma is surprisingly common among people who work out in cold climates, whether they're jogging around the neighborhood or gunning for gold in Vancouver.
A cure for the common cold has eluded scientists since the dawn of mankind.
Nearly one-third, or 28 percent, of adults and children hospitalized with H1N1, also known as swine flu, have asthma. That's more than any other chronic condition, according to a recent analysis of cases published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
It's definitely fall: Kids are back in school, football season has kicked off, and ragweed is blooming. While autumn means cooler temperatures and colorful leaves, it also means runny noses and red eyes for millions of Americans.
Sneezing and wheezing may stamp out those flames of desire. A new study reveals that allergies could be getting in the way of amorous activities.
CNN's Samantha Hayes looks at the spread of the H1N1 virus with kids and college students.
Children with high-risk medical conditions or disabilities should be among the first to be vaccinated against H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Thursday.
Known for building skate parks and shaping the skateboarding scene in New York, Andy Kessler, 48, died this week after an allergic reaction to an insect sting, friends and family told news media.
If you could snap your fingers and make your allergies disappear, you'd probably do it in a second. But what if your pet is the cause of your watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose?
Got allergies? If you do, the Internet offers a host of helpful options, from widgets to iPhone applications to pollen-counting programs that deliver daily emails to your inbox. Used correctly, these digital tools can help fight allergies in the real world, experts say.
About 1 in 7, or 13.5 percent of adults who encountered intense dust clouds after the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11 were later found to have asthma, compared with just 8.4 percent who had no dust cloud exposure, researchers in Atlanta and New York City reported on Tuesday.
There may be a reason that children's asthma rates are so high in urban areas. Youngsters with stressed-out parents and exposure to air pollution have a higher risk of asthma, according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it is conducting a safety review of the asthma drug Xolair after data from an ongoing study suggested an increased number of heart attacks and strokes among patients who use it.
Britain's first salt cave claims to rid asthma and allergy sufferers of their breathing problems through halotherapy.
Inside a former church on a suburban London street, a room has been designed to recreate the conditions found in Siberian salt mines.
You've been coughing for weeks. How do you know if it's just a hard-to-shake cold or something more serious?
When she was 2 years old, Sonali Mavinkurve caught a cold. But this time there was nothing common about it.
Jack Schwartz, 8, has had seasonal allergy symptoms in the past, but his parents never needed to give him medication.
CNN.com's Paul Gittings talks to Team Columbia Chief Bob Stapleton about Lance Armstrong and sprint sensation Mark Cavendish.
Can you look at a chest X-ray and tell if someone has asthma?
Researchers have solved the first step in treating the common cold, by mapping its entire genome, or genetic map, teams from the University of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin-Madison reported Thursday.
A genetic map of the common cold may be the next step in finding a cure. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
Asthma affects 22 million Americans. It can cause wheezing, breathlessness and coughing. Asthma attacks are preventable, but they cannot be eliminated. Even though the condition is treatable, thousands die from complications each year. The National Institutes of Health provides guidelines for helping asthmatics cope with their illness. These guidelines, released in August 2007, include an "asthma action plan" for parents and schools, and recommendations to help keep asthmatics healthy.
We've all thought we were allergic to work in the figurative sense right? But it's actually possible to be physically allergic to work. The condition is called "occupational asthma" and about one in seven people suffers from it, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Some of the symptoms are the same as "typical asthma," such as quick, short sips of breath, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. Other symptoms include coughing, sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose. Since the condition is so similar to typical asthma, it becomes very difficult to diagnose.
Nearly half of nonsmoking Americans are still breathing in cigarette fumes, but the percentage has declined dramatically since the early 1990s, according to a government study released Thursday
Twice a day, 7-year-old Hannah Austin exhales all the air from her lungs. She then takes a puff of a low-dose steroid from a purple inhaler, holds her breath for a few seconds and exhales.
Air pollution can have a significant effect on young children, as CNN's Judy Fortin reports in this Health Minute.
A certain type of meditation can lead to compassion for others. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
FDA panelists this week will scrutinize the safety of certain drugs approved for children - including anti-viral and anti-asthma drugs from Glaxo, Roche and Novartis - in meetings that could have wider implications for the industry.
The FDA is looking into reports of abnormal behavior in kids who took Tamiflu. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
Even elite athletes find it tough to work out; a new study shows that a surprising number of them suffer from exercise-induced asthma
Use your body's natural rhythms -- and a few tips from the experts -- to find the best time of day to work out, see a doctor, go to the post office, and more.
Sepracor Inc .posted lower-than-expected results Friday and cut its 2007 outlook amid competition for its insomnia drug and reduced reimbursement for its asthma drug, sending its shares down 20 percent.
Finally, a French rider wins a stage of the '07 tour de France. Felicitations to Cedric Vasseur, who outdueled four other escapees from the peloton to cross the line first. The second Tour stage victory in Vasseur's career was overshadowed, alas, by news that broke moments before the riders punched the clock in Tallard this morning, 229 km to the north.
Of all the cruel twists irony can take, this is about as bad as it gets. Lauren English, a senior swimmer at Montville (N.J.) and a potential 2008 Olympian who owns multiple state records and five Meet of Champions titles, suffers from chlorine-induced asthma.
The British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is trying wean just a little more revenue from its top-selling blockbuster Advair, and its ability to do so depends on whether FDA experts believe the allergy drug merits a larger patient population.
At a routine breakfast nearly eight years ago, Maureen Yandrisevits spread peanut butter and jelly on her bagel, wiped off the knife and then spread jelly on her 11-month-old son's bagel.
Organized sports can be a great way for children to socialize and keep fit, but they are not all fun and games, health officials say. Participation carries the risk of physical injuries, and the pressure of competition can sometimes take a mental toll on children.
Allergy season is in full swing and, in the $25 billion market for respiratory drugs, GlaxoSmithKline is likely to hold its throne as the asthma king for this season and years to come, despite growing competition.
Once again the thorny issue of replacement estrogen grabbed attention in the major medical journals -- the latest in a seemingly never-ending string of studies that document the pluses and risks of this hormone.
Spring is in the air...and so are millions of pollen spores and other allergens. And you don't have to be outdoors to aggravate your allergies. Dust mites, dander and mold inside your home can trigger a reaction.
An FDA advisory committee voted to take away over-the-counter status for asthma inhalers that use the chemical epinephrine and an ozone-depleting propellant on Tuesday, but the vote is not a final decision.
A few months ago, I was interviewing a principal at a Chicago, Illinois, public elementary school, when from outside her office came the sounds of a child coughing.
Genentech Inc. put a stop to a clinical trial for a potential treatment for peanut allergies after two children suffered "severe" reactions during tests, according to a news report published Monday.
Xolair, a treatment for severe asthma from Swiss drug giant Novartis, was approved by European regulators on Thursday.
It is a time to take a breath and reflect.
Many people, cozily ensconced in their favorite easy chair, take comfort in the feeling of safety and security their home provides.
A 22-year-old design graduate has invented a gadget that could make asthmatics' lives a lot easier.
A 22-year-old design graduate has invented a gadget that could make asthmatics' lives a lot easier.
Asthma hits all areas of the United States, but Knoxville, Tennessee, is the worst, according to an organization's ranking of the nation's cities released Tuesday.
When you think of threats to your health and your home, the last thing you might think of is mold.
In late June, Arthur Levinson was talking with MONEY's Erica Garcia in his corner office in south San Francisco, nervously shaking a sneaker-clad foot while awaiting the decision from the Food and ...
In late June, Arthur Levinson was talking with MONEY's Erica Garcia in his corner office in south San Francisco, nervously shaking a sneaker-clad foot while awaiting the decision from the Food and Drug Administration on Xolair, Genentech's asthma treatment.
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