ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Bone Loss Stable on Restricted Calorie Diet
Breast-feeding Might Shield Women From Rheumatoid Arthritis
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
CANCER
Vitamin E, Selenium and Soy Won't Prevent Prostate Cancer
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
CAREGIVING
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
DIABETES
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk
Eating Vegan or Raw-Vegan at Regular Restaurants
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Population-Based Strategy Urged to Cut U.S. Obesity Rate
Skin Woes Take Toll on U.S. Combat Troops
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
EYE CARE, VISION
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
FITNESS
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
Be Healthy, Spend Less
Will the Wii Keep You Fit?
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Lower Vitamin D Levels in Blacks May Up Heart Risks
Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss
A Honey of a Sinusitis Treatment
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
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
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Countdown to Hair Loss
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Any Old Cane Won't Do
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
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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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