Allercy and Asthma Health
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CDC: H1N1 Flu Virus Not Mutating, Vaccine a Good Match

Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says studies are showing that the H1N1 virus is not mutating, which amounts to “really good news,” especially now that the virus has become widespread.

Air Conditioning May Help Blunt Pollution's Ill Effects

This study reports people in air-conditioned homes are less likely to be harmed by pollution (asthma flare-ups and breathing problems).

Midline Fat Linked to Asthma

Extra pounds around the middle may increase your risk for asthma, even if you maintain a normal weight. California researchers find women who measure 35.2 inches or larger around the waist are about a third more likely to have asthma than women with smaller waistlines, even if their body mass index comes in under 25. 

Blame It on the Weather

Think a change in the weather is responsible for your asthma flare-up? You may be right. University of Michigan researchers found pediatric emergency department visits spike after an increase or decrease in humidity, or an increase in temperature.

Study: 1 in 3 Homes in Metro Areas Could Pose Health Risks

Census Bureau Data reveal a dirty little secret: many homes in U.S. metro areas have “sick homes” with peeling paint, water leaks, and poor indoor air that pose health risks.

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