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Over the past 20 years, it has been documented that asthma mortality has been rising despite our improved knowledge of the causes of asthma. But it has only been in the last 10 years that the understanding that asthma is primarily an inflammatory condition has surfaced. Recently, this has led to the development of new classes of medications targeted towards counteracting the inflammatory process. Two of the newer medications, Accolate

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Asthma (which originally meant “shortness of breath”) is among the most common of ailments—up to 5 percent of Americans, 10 million people, suffer from it. Recent studies indicate that one in nine Californians has the disease. In childhood, it is one-third more common and more severe in males but, after puberty, the sex distribution is about even. It is more often found in urban, industrialized settings, in colder climates, and

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If you’re like most of the 15 million Americans with asthma, you use a press-and-breathe inhaler. And, if you’re like most, you’re probably not using your inhaler to full advantage. Consequently, you may not be receiving complete benefit of your asthma medication. The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) updated Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma offer three suggestions for correct inhaler use to ensure that you receive the most from