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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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)


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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)

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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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By IBTimes AU

Sitting for longer period is Detrimental to Cardiovascular Health. (Jul 09)

How Obesity, Which Causes Asthma, Can Be Tackled With the Right Diet

By IBTimes AU

Researchers have found that people suffering from overweight problems and obesity are more likely to get asthma attacks. Apart from drugs and regular exercise, a healthy diet rich in vitamins and proteins can help prevent asthma and reduce weight. (Jul 02)


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By IBTimes AU

Australians will be proud of the national health report released in 2014. The report, title Australia's Health 2014, by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare showed that Australians are living longer, healthier and happier lives. (Jul 02)


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By IBTimes AU

In a tragic car crash, a 26-year-old U.S woman was killed just weeks away from her wedding. Collette Moreno is survived by her son and other family members. The family is currently trying to raise funds for her funeral. (Jun 26)

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By IBTimes AU

The worsening quality of air around the world is set to become the leading cause illness and death of over half of the world's population by end of the century, a study published in Nature Climate Change said. (Jun 23)


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By IBTimes AU

The public may have already been informed about "Taco Bell's" recently revealed beef ingredients. The mystery beef's 12 percent ingredients were explained in the company's official Web site in answer by popular demand. (May 01)


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By Women Fitness

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