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Allan R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless

Peter N. Landless, a board-certified nuclear cardiologist, is director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department. Allan R. Handysides, a board-certified gynecologist, is a former director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department.

Occupational Asthma

My husband recently started a new job and has had to visit the doctor several times for what the doctor says is asthma. His work is quite heavy, and the factory is hot. Do you think he could have stress-induced asthma?

Asthma is a condition that manifests with wheezing, usually on expiration, and is related to constriction of the bronchioles, or small air tubes, leading into the air sacs of the lungs. Typically asthma is found in persons with allergies. The allergen, or substance to which the person is allergic, reacts in the body to produce antibodies belonging to the IgE subgroup. When the allergen and antibody …

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