ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Indigo Ointment Benefits Psoriasis Patients
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Lack Vitamin D
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
CANCER
Vitamin E, Selenium and Soy Won't Prevent Prostate Cancer
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
CAREGIVING
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
Babies Born in High Pollen Months at Wheezing Risk
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
DIABETES
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Probiotics Are The Good Guys
DASH Diet Has Extra Benefits for Women's Health
Even in 'Last Supper,' Portion Sizes Have Grown
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Golf Course Insecticides Pose Little Danger to Players
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
EYE CARE, VISION
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Cases of Age-Related Farsightedness to Soar
FITNESS
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
Run for Your Life
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
The Yearly Flu Shot Debate
Meat Additives May Be Dangerous for Kidney Patients
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Soy May Not Lead to Denser Breasts
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
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Know Your Asthma Triggers

SATURDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) -- Spring brings many good things, but allergens are not among them, especially if you have asthma.

Pollen from blooming flowers, trees and grass is a common asthma trigger that sufferers must learn to cope with this time of year, note officials from the Asthma Research Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Other common triggers include certain foods, strenuous exercise, illness and environmental factors, such as smoke and pet dander.

"The triggers for asthma symptoms differ from person to person," Dr. Michael Wechsler, associate director of the Asthma Research Center, said in a news release. "Knowing your triggers is an important first step in reducing symptoms, by reducing exposure."

For allergen-related asthma, this may mean staying inside when pollen counts are high; for those with exercise-induced asthma, it means paying closer attention to one's breathing and exertion levels during physical activity.

In addition to knowing and managing your triggers, Wechsler said asthma sufferers should also:

* Devise a healthy diet and exercise plan with your doctor and maintain it. Even if it is a trigger, exercise should not be avoided entirely as it is vital for good overall health.
* Learn to identify and cope with day-to-day stress and to anticipate potentially stressful situations.
* Work with your doctor to identify the best asthma medications for your condition.

More information

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



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Brigham and Women's Hospital, news release, April 28, 2009

Last Updated: May 16, 2009

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