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As E-Cigarette Bans Take Effect In U.S. Cities, Doctors Call For National Measures To Protect Children

In one year, middle and high school students who tried e-cigarettes doubled to nearly two million

DENVER, CO -- March 17, 2014 -- While major cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have taken steps to ban the use of e-cigarettes in most public places, national authorities have done little to keep them out of the hands of children.

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FDA Approves Nation's First Prescription-Strength Tablet To Treat Hay Fever Allergies

Tablets mark latest shift in immunotherapy, could make allergy shots unnecessary for many

DENVER, CO -- April 1, 2014 -- For the first time in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of daily tablets to treat hay fever, particularly allergies to grass and ragweed pollen.

It’s estimated that more than 17 million Americans suffer from hay fever, many of whom are aggravated by grass pollen in the spring and summer and by ragweed in the fall.

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Bacteria In Soil, Shower Heads Can Pose Threat

Study finds tall, thin women may be more vulnerable to the bacterial lung infection ‘NTM’

DENVER, CO -- August 27, 2013 -- Tall, thin women face a greater risk of infection with nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), an organism closely related to those that cause tuberculosis, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. Their study appears in a recent publication of The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care.

“What we are finding is that there are more women with this infection than men, and strikingly, there is more disease among white women who are tall and thin,” said Michael Iseman, MD, co-author of the study and a professor of medicine at National Jewish Health.

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Millions Treated For Asthma May Be Misdiagnosed

Of patients referred to leading respiratory hospital, 1 in 4 don’t have asthma, 70 percent under-diagnosed

DENVER, CO -- September 23, 2013 -- It’s estimated that more than 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma, but there is growing concern that many are being misdiagnosed or under-diagnosed and may be suffering from untreated conditions.

“It’s very logical for general practitioners to assume most breathing problems are asthma, especially in children,” said Tod Olin, MD, MSCS, a pediatric pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. “But there are a lot of breathing problems out there, and for children who are failing therapy, we need to think about those other diagnoses.”

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As Kids Go Back To School, Parents And Doctors Brace For A Surge Of Asthma Cases

80,000 children a day miss school, many just after school starts when conditions are worst

DENVER, CO July 31, 2013 -- 13-year old Serenity Williams-Fregia loves school, but dreads the start of it.  Like seven million other children in the U.S., Serenity has asthma, and shortly after classes start, so do her breathing problems.

“It happens every year, I always get sick.  Very sick, actually, and I feel like just as school begins, I’m already falling behind,” she said.

Serenity is not alone.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children with asthma miss a combined 14.4 million school days a year, which is about 80,000 a day.  Many of those occur just after school begins when conditions are at their worst.

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