ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Tequila Plant May Help Fight Bone Loss
Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Lack Vitamin D
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
CANCER
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
Vitamin E, Selenium and Soy Won't Prevent Prostate Cancer
CAREGIVING
Birthmark or Blood Vessel Problem?
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
DIABETES
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
DIET, NUTRITION
Trans-Fat Ban In New York City Is Proving successful
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil
Former Inmates at Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure
EYE CARE, VISION
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
FITNESS
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
Will the Wii Keep You Fit?
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Meat Additives May Be Dangerous for Kidney Patients
Proven Strategies for Avoiding Colds and the Flu
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
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
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
A Little Chocolate May Do the Heart Good
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
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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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