Asthma Medicine

More than two million visits to doctors' offices each year by children are for treatment of asthma.

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports a study of a new medicine called "singulair" which works well for children 6-14 years of age.

One important advantage of this medicine is that it is a chewable tablet, not an inhaler, which is taken once a day at bedtime.

The study showed the beneficial effects resulted in a reduced need for inhalers to stop an acute attack.

Look for additional new asthma medications in this class of drugs.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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