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Asthma drug may trigger attacks in kids

October 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A drug widely used to relieve asthma could actually increase the chances of an asthma attack in some children.Researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in England found that children with a specific gene variant had a 30 percent greater risk of asthma attacks when using the popular drug Albuterol.

It comes in inhaler form.

The study suggests children undergo genetic testing.

Experts say kids should continue to use their inhalers until more research is done on alternative treatments.

According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, asthma is one of the most common long-term diseases in children.

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