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2008-08-01 15:25:00

The authors of a new research review say children with asthma face a number of barriers to participation in physical activity, from family beliefs to school disorganization to their own misperceptions about their symptoms. Dr. Brian Williams of the University of Dundee in Scotland and colleagues concluded that given the multiple benefits of exercise, physical activity is essential to kids with asthma, and efforts must be made to remove these barriers. They reported in the journal BMC Family...

2008-07-13 03:00:09

By Ehrenberg, Rachel Scientists look at exhaled compounds to diagnose ills Scientists would like to take your breath away. Literally. Exhaled vapor holds clues to your health, revealing much more than what you ate for lunch. In recent years, researchers have been scrutinizing the misty mixture of molecules with fervor, seeking evidence of conditions ranging from sleep apnea to cancer. Breath can also reveal exposure to pollutants such as benzene and chloroform, providing a measure of...

2008-06-17 09:00:09

MIAMI, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Expand-A-Lung(TM) Breathing Resistance Exerciser has been selected as the top choice for respiratory fitness training by the L.A. Times. Jorge Brouwer, inventor of the most compact (4-inches) breathing exerciser, manufactures and markets the easy to use "Expand-A-Lung." *(PHOTO Link: Send2Press.com/mediaboom/08-0617-ExpandALung_72dpi.jpg) *(Photo Caption: Expand-A-Lung(TM) Breathing Resistance Exerciser.) When asked about how his product's...

2006-05-10 07:42:22

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A heat exchange mask, designed to improve comfort in cold temperatures, also seems to protect against asthma triggered by breathing cold, dry air, according to a report in the medical journal Chest. Asthma occurs when the airways tighten, limiting breathing. Cold, dry air is one of the most common triggers of an asthma attack. The Qxtec Personal Respiratory Heat Exchanger, marketed by Louisville, Kentucky-based AllergyZone, works...

2006-05-04 12:37:38

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate fluctuate in respond to music, with an arousal effect seen with increasing tempo, while slow, meditative music induces a relaxing effect, especially during the pauses, Italian researchers report. Therefore, "music may give pleasure (and perhaps a health benefit) as a result of this controlled alternation between arousal and relaxation," Dr. Luciano Bernardi of the Universita di Pavia and his colleagues...

2006-01-09 18:07:36

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding fish oil supplements to the diet can prevent the constriction of the airways brought on by exercise in asthmatics, a very common problem in this patient group, new research shows. In an earlier study, Dr. Timothy D. Mickleborough, from Indiana University in Bloomington, and colleagues had shown that fish oil supplements can improve lung function in elite athletes with bronchoconstriction (EIB), but their use in asthmatics...

2005-10-21 19:20:13

Although exercise can trigger asthma attacks in some people, a new review of studies has found that exercise improved cardiopulmonary fitness in people with asthma. "It's safe for patients with asthma to exercise regularly," according to lead reviewer Felix S.F. Ram, M.D., of Massey University in New Zealand. "In our study, those who did showed an increased ability to take up oxygen. They improved their ventilation, which led to improved cardiopulmonary fitness. We found no evidence to...

2005-09-01 13:09:32

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research hints that a large number of Olympic athletes may be using inhaled steroids for exercise-induced asthma when they don't have the condition, while others may unknowingly have exercise-induced asthma and aren't being treated. The findings stem in large part from changes in asthma criteria instituted by the International Olympic Committee's Medical Commission (IOC-MC) in 2001. Prior to 2001, Olympic athletes who using inhaled...

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2005-02-23 08:09:50

How the Earth adapted to life has much to do with the generation of a stable oxygen atmosphere. But how life adapted to Earth often hinges on whether oxygen is a poison. New research on insect oxygen use highlights the novel ways that life has shaped the Earth, and vice versa. Astrobiology Magazine -- A new study investigating the respiratory system of insects may have solved a mystery that has intrigued physiologists for decades: why insects routinely stop breathing for minutes at a time....

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2005-01-10 08:24:17

Sitting in chair for just five minutes can calm you down, experts claim HealthDayNews -- Stressed out? Try some deep breathing. It can help you relax by easing muscle tension, slowing your heart rate, and lowering your blood pressure, says an article in the January issue of Mayo Clinic's Women's HealthSource. As little as five minutes of deep breathing a day can help you feel more calm, refreshed and alert. The article offers some advice on how to achieve relaxation through breathing: Sit in...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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