Inhaled steroids may have benefits beyond lungs

The study in the September issue of Chest found older women using inhaled steroids were significantly less likely to die from any cause over five years compared to comparable women not using inhaled steroids. Forty-two percent of those women had a reduced likelihood of dying from any cause and a 65 percent reduced likelihood of dying from a heart-related cause.

Scientists say the apparently non-pulmonary benefits of inhaled steroids remained strong after the researchers controlled for a variety of factors that might influence the results.

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