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The Checkup Archive: Asthma

Life expectancy drops in U.S.

Image via Wikipedia/Life Expectancy 2007 UN HDR & CIA Factbook Life expectancy in the United States dipped slightly in 2008, according to the latest federal data. Those born in 2008 can only expect to live to be 77.8 years old, down from 77.9 years for those born in 2007, according...

By Rob Stein  | December 9, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Asthma, Cancer, Chronic Conditions, Infant health, life expectancy  
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Is that right? Facebook triggers asthma attacks?

If this all sounds a bit Shakespearean to you, note that there's a take-home message: Because stress is well known to exacerbate asthma, especially among people who are depressed, and as Facebook can be a source of social and emotional stress for so many, doctors treating people with asthma should be aware of Facebook's (and other social networks') potential role in triggering asthma attacks.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 19, 2010; 12:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Asthma, Mental Health, Social Media, Teens  
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Are allergies linked to depression?

Do allergies play a role in depression? A new study suggests that depressed people who are allergic to pollen are more likely to experience a worsening of their symptoms during allergy season. Partam Manalai of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and colleagues studied 100 volunteers who...

By Rob Stein  | May 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Asthma, Mental Health  
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Common Asthma Treatment Ineffective

Contrary to what doctors and patients have long believed, taking heartburn medicine does not help reduce coughing, wheezing and breathlessness among people who have asthma, according to new research out today . More than 22 million Americans have asthma, and many also have acid reflux, which is a condition that...

By Rob Stein  | April 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Asthma, Family Health, General Health  
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