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Childhood Asthma Rates Level Off, But Racial Disparities Remain
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Missing Microbes Provide Clues About Asthma Risk
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When Life Overwhelms, This Group Lends A Healthy Hand
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Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes
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Dr. Stephen Teach helps Jeffery Ulmer listen to his daughter Alauna's asthmatic breathing at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Alauna's mother, Farisa, holds her. The District has one of the highest rates of pediatric asthma in the country. Jahi Chikwendiu/Washington Post hide caption

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The City Might Not Be To Blame For High Asthma Rates
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The Power Of Suggestion Could Trigger Asthma — Or Treat It
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Virginia Rady, 28, holds her old nebulizer at her home in Dallas. Rady was diagnosed with chronic persistent asthma at age 2. She underwent a series of three outpatient surgeries between December 2012 and February 2013 for a procedure known as bronchial thermoplasty. She says the procedure has changed her life, allowing her to remove her nebulizer from her bedside. Brandon Thibodeaux for NPR hide caption

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New Heat Treatment Has Changed Lives For Some With Severe Asthma
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Tapas Mukherjee shot this asthma education video in a field near his home. Tapas Mukherjee/YouTube hide caption

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Parents' Saliva On Pacifiers Could Ward Off Baby's Allergies
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Otolaryngologist Sandra Lin uses under-the-tongue drops to treat patients with allergies at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Courtesy of Keith Weller/Johns Hopkins Medicine hide caption

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Maria Texeira-Gomes holds a photo of her 5-year-old son, Matheo, who has struggled with asthma nearly all his life. Richard Knox/NPR hide caption

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To Control Asthma, Start With The Home Instead Of The Child
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the accidental release of chlorine gas at a Tyson Food plant could have been prevented with better communication. April L Brown/AP hide caption

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Dr. John McBride examines 9-month-old Martez after his mother, Ceasha Moorer, brought him in to check on his asthma. Courtesy of Karen Schaefer hide caption

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Does Tylenol Worsen Asthma For Kids?
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Researchers say that anti-inflammatory drugs in pill form are reasonable alternatives to inhalers. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Pills May Be Just As Good As Inhalers For Asthmatic Kids
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