ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Breast-feeding Might Shield Women From Rheumatoid Arthritis
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers
CANCER
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
Hospital Volume Imperfect Gauge of Cancer Surgery Outcomes
ER Less Likely to Diagnose Stroke in Younger Folks
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
DIET, NUTRITION
To Feel Better, Low-Fat Diet May Be Best
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Fatty Acid in Olive Oil Wards Off Hunger
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Prostate Cancer Return
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Skin Woes Take Toll on U.S. Combat Troops
EYE CARE, VISION
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
FITNESS
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
Combo Treatment Eases Wheezing in Babies
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
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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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