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Statement
On World Asthma Day 2019, the National Institutes of Health stands with patients, families, advocates, researchers and health care professionals around the globe to raise awareness about this common chronic respiratory disease. In 2016, asthma affected 26 million Americans and nearly 340 million people worldwide, according to the Global Burden of...
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Research Features
Here’s a sobering thought: Nearly half of Americans with severe asthma do not respond to conventional drugs, leaving them with few ways to minimize the often-debilitating symptoms of the chronic disease. But researchers at NHLBI have developed a new treatment that has the potential to dramatically change that: A synthetic peptide that mimics the...
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Statement
On World Asthma Day 2018, the National Institutes of Health stands with people worldwide to renew our commitment to advance understanding of asthma and develop effective strategies to manage, treat and ultimately prevent the disease. A new three-minute NIH video provides a glimpse into the stories of patients and doctors who are working to advance...
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News Release
NIH-funded findings challenge common practice of increasing doses at early signs of worsening symptoms Researchers have found that temporarily increasing the dosage of inhaled steroids when asthma symptoms begin to worsen does not effectively prevent severe flare-ups, and may be associated with slowing a child’s growth, challenging a common medical...
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Research Features
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded four grants to improve outcomes for children in communities with especially high rates of childhood asthma. These grants—for Philadelphia, PA; Richmond, VA; the greater Providence, RI area; and in three agencies on the Navajo Nation...