Asthmafrom the Greek Άσθμα (ásthma)[cn], meaning gasp, is a common chronicinflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

Treatment of acute symptoms is usually with an inhaled short-acting beta-2 agonist (such assalbutamol). Symptoms can be prevented by avoiding triggers, such as allergens and irritants, and by inhaling corticosteroids. Leukotriene antagonists are less effective thancorticosteroids and thus less preferred.

The prevalence of asthma has increased significantly since the 1970s. As of 2009, 300 million people were affected worldwide. In 2009 asthma caused 250,000 deaths, although generally with treatment, prognosis is good.

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Articles About Asthma

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Novak Djokovic Stars In A New Commercial For Gerble Sans Gluten et Sans Souci

By IBTimes AU

Novak Djokovic had suffered health problems before he eliminated gluten from his diet, so it was easy for him to promote a company that specialises in gluten-free products. He recently started filming for his new commercial for French company Gerble Sans Gluten. (Sep 18)

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Health Virus Alert: Canadians Urged to Watch Out Against Rare Enterovirus D68; 3 Cases Confirmed in B.C., 18 in Alberta

By IBTimes AU

Rare enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) has reportedly entered Canadian shores. (Sep 18)

MORE TOPICS: CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA

Outdoor Safety: Keeping Kids Safe in Spring

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

There’s a lot to look out for when it comes to your child’s health and safety. Don’t let these worries ruin your family’s fun. Keep these away by observing these outdoor safety guidelines. (Sep 11)

MORE TOPICS: ALLERGY, BIKING, CANCER

What You Need to Know About the Enterovirus D68

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

A quick-spreading virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals in the United States. What is this virus and who is at-risk of being infected? (Sep 10)

MORE TOPICS: CALIFORNIA, INFECTION

Bianca (C), a chihuahua, arrives in a baby carriage with other pet dogs to compete in the second annual Doggie Gras Parade and Fat Cat Tuesday Celebration at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California March 4, 2014. Bianca won the con
Infants Who Sleep on Animal Fur Are Less Prone to Asthma and Allergy, Reveals Study

By IBTimes AU

Sleeping on animal skin or animal fur, especially in the first three months of a baby’s life, reduces the risk of developing asthma and allergies, reveals a study. (Sep 08)

MORE TOPICS: ALLERGY, CONGRESS

Doctors Are Checking The  Condition of a Baby
Caution To All US Parents: A Respiratory Virus Attacked More Than 900 Children In US And Expects To Outbreak More Parts Of The Country.

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

The officials from the Children's Hospital, Colorado in Denver said that they have treated more than 900 children patients with the sign of the respiratory virus between August 18 and September 4. (Sep 08)

MORE TOPICS: INFECTION

Flu vs. Cold Symptoms: What's the Difference?

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

Do you know if you have a cold or the flu? Knowing the difference can help you avoid serious illnesses that can result from these common viral infections. (Sep 04)

MORE TOPICS: INFECTION

A row of newly-constructed homes selling for over one million dollars each are pictured in the new Sydney suburb of Greenhills Beach, May 13, 2014.
Air Pollution Shortens Lifespans, Kills 1,600 Australians Every Year

By IBTimes AU

Air pollution is killing almost 1,600 Australians in the country's major capital cities every year. According to a new report, Australians living in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, southeast Queensland, including longtime residents in Gold Coast, Ipsw... (Aug 04)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, CANCER, AUSTRALIA

A pregnant woman has her blood pressure measured by a hospital staff
Obesity During Pregnancy Raises Asthama Risk in Kids

By IBTimes AU

A study printed in the journal Pediatrics found that children whose mothers were obese during their pregnancy are at an increased risk of developing asthma than children who have normal weight mothers. The children of mothers who were overweight are at 20 to 30 percent higher odds of asthma. (Jul 24)

Medication
Asthma Inhalers Can Stunt Child Growth

By IBTimes AU

Research showed that in the first year of children using steroids for asthma, they showed growth slower to than to their peers. (Jul 18)

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