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Bad Air Day: Air Quality and Your Health

In many parts of the country, summer has the worst air quality of any season. When the forecast says it's a code red day for air quality, what does it mean for your health?

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Gene Affects Response to Asthma Drugs

A genetic variant may explain why some people with asthma don’t respond well to inhaled corticosteroids, the most widely prescribed medicine for long-term asthma control.

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Household Mold Linked to Asthma in Children

Three types of mold were more common in the homes of babies who later developed asthma. The finding highlights how important it is to prevent water damage and mold growth in homes with infants.

Recommended NIH Resources

(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
An overview of asthma, including causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
Research and information on asthma that focuses on understanding how the environment, allergens, and genetics interact with the immune system to cause the disease and aggravate symptoms.

(National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
Information and resources on asthma. Includes videos on how to use inhalers, listings of health studies and clinical trials, NIEHS activities and resources, general information, and materials for educators.

Lung Diseases Information
(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Health information and materials on asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and other lung diseases.

What You Need To Know About Asthma and Complementary Health Practices
(National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Learn about complementary health practices for asthma, such as acupuncture, breathing exercises and herbal supplements.


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