ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
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Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
Improved Hip Implants Can Last 20 Years
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue
CANCER
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Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Diabetes Epidemic Now Poses Challenges for Nursing Homes
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
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Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
COSMETIC
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Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
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More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
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Cleaning House May Be Risky for Women With Asthma
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EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
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Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
FITNESS
Maximize Your Run
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
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Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Sleep and Do Better
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HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
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INFERTILITY
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KID'S HEALTH
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MEN'S HEALTH
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Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
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A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
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PAIN
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Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
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Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
SENIORS
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
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Cleaning House May Be Risky for Women With Asthma

SATURDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Housecleaning products may pose a threat to women with asthma, U.S. researchers say.

During a 12-week study, they compared cleaning-related health effects in women who did and did not have asthma and found a higher number of lower respiratory tract symptoms among the asthmatic women.

Dr. Jonathon A. Bernstein, of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and colleagues found that "women in both groups exhibited increased upper and lower respiratory tract symptoms in response to cleaning agents rated mild in toxicity, suggesting a subtle but potentially clinically relevant health effect of long-term, low-level chemical exposures."

The researchers recommended "that women with asthma should be routinely interviewed as to whether they clean their home and cautioned about the potential respiratory health effects of these activities."

The study was published in the January issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Asthma affects about 20 million people in the United States. Death rates from the disease are higher among women than men. In many homes, women are the primary cleaners.

Authors of the study concluded that "longer, prospective studies of nonprofessional household cleaners are needed to determine whether there is an association between household cleaning agent exposure and the development of asthma."

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about asthma.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, news release, Jan. 22, 2009

Last Updated: Feb. 14, 2009

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