Asthma Deadly ... But Treatable

You name it, and Olympic track star Jeanette Bolden, 32, is probably allergic to it. Household dust, cats, seafood. Just the smell of fish cooking on a grill is enough to make her eyes puff up and start to water. But Bolden's allergies are linked to a more serious problem. Like 15 million other Americans, she suffers from asthma, a chronic affliction of the airways in the lungs that can turn the simplest act of breathing into hard labor and leave a person gasping, coughing and wheezing for air. Last fall the gold medalist (100-m relay, 1984) was hospitalized for a...

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