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Everyday Athletes Could Benefit from Asthma Tests

New research from Ohio State University Medical Center suggests that a simple breathing test may help identify exercise-induced asthma, a condition that already affects millions of Americans, in millions who may not know they had the condition. Called a hyperventilation test, the evaluation can spot even the most subtle signs of asthma - typically shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing - in “everyday” athletes. “Ten to 15 percent of the general population has asthma and as many as 80 percent of those patients will have exercise-induced asthma as well,” says Jonathan Parsons, MD, an asthma expert at Ohio State University Medical Center. 

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