ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
The Zen Way to Pain Relief
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Get in Step With Summer Foot Care
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
CANCER
HPV Vaccine Has Higher Allergic Reaction Rate
Vitamin E, Selenium and Soy Won't Prevent Prostate Cancer
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
CAREGIVING
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns
Are Hospital Mobile Phones Dialing Up Superbugs?
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
DIET, NUTRITION
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
Six Healthy-Sounding Foods That Really Aren't
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish
Smog Tougher on the Obese
EYE CARE, VISION
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
FITNESS
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
MEN'S HEALTH
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast 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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