ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Taking the Mystery Out of Hypnotherapy
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Bone Loss Stable on Restricted Calorie Diet
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
Gene Plays Key Role in Clubfoot
CANCER
Get to Know the Pap Test
Tanning Beds Shown To Raise Cancer Risk, Study Says
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
CAREGIVING
Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
DIABETES
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DIET, NUTRITION
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Purple Tomato Extended Lives of Cancer-Prone Mice
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Skin Woes Take Toll on U.S. Combat Troops
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
EYE CARE, VISION
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
FITNESS
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents
Good Warm-Ups Could Halve Sports Injuries
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Food and Water Supply Poisoned by Perchlorate
Eating Healthy : You Can Live Longer
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Boosting Kids' Stroke IQ May Save Lives
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
SENIORS
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
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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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