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May 02, 2006

Bronchial Thermoplasty Improves Asthma Symptoms

A new study shows that a new treatment called bronchial thermoplasty significantly improved breathing in people with asthma.

Bronchial thermoplasty involves delivering radio-frequency energy to the smooth muscle that lines the airway walls. The energy heats the tissue to about 149 degrees Fahrenheit. This reduces muscle mass, but doesn’t destroy or scar the muscle. With less muscle, the airway can’t narrow as much in response to irritants that often trigger asthma. Airway narrowing is a hallmark of asthma. (

April 07, 2006

Balloon Sinusplasty Offers Hope

For millions Americans who suffer from chronic sinusitis, headaches, congestion and difficulty breathing are part of the daily routine. But a new procedure being done at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington is offering new hope. (

Posted by news editor | Filed under: Sinus

March 21, 2006

Reinventing the Allergy Shot

Nearly a century after two daring London doctors made medical history by injecting hay-fever patients with a watery extract of boiled pollen, Andy Saxon is trying to reinvent the allergy shot. (USA TODAY)

Posted by news editor | Filed under: Allergy Shots

November 19, 2005

Warning for Asthma Drugs Sought

U.S. regulators yesterday asked the makers of three popular asthma medications to add warnings to their labels stating that the drugs could increase the chances of severe asthma episodes that could result in death. (Washington Post)

Posted by news editor | Filed under: Asthma

October 05, 2005

Ionic Breeze Quadra Gets Another Bad Review

In its latest review of air purifiers, Consumer Reports (CR) has again recommended against the Ionic Breeze Quadra, despite the addition of a device meant to eliminate some of the ozone emitted by the product. Its manufacturer, Sharper Image, disputes the assessment, saying the magazine's evaluation method is flawed. (Washington Post)

Posted by news editor | Filed under: Air Purifiers

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