Dear Do-It Man: Perhaps you can find out what happened to Sunshine Press, which published the choice magazines Sunshine and Good Reading for Everyone. They seem to have just faded away. I miss them greatly.

      - Mrs. A.U., Salt Lake City.

      Dear A.L.: The magazines were published by Henrichs Publishing Inc., P.O. Box 40, Sunshine Park, IL 62056. The company's phone number is (217) 324-2322.

      According to a spokesman, both magazines are "temporarily discontinued." He says the company found itself in a difficult financial situation. "Costs increased. Bills had to be paid."

      He hopes to resume publication but didn't know when that might be.

      The company notified subscribers about the discontinuation. Some opted to add the time remaining on their subscriptions to a subscription to the reincarnated magazine. Others asked for a cash refund.

      Asthma and rhinitis

      A team of French medical researchers has made a fascinating discovery that will provide relief for millions of chronic asthmatics.

      Led by Dr. Michel Auber of Bichat Hospital in Paris, the researchers have determined that many asthmatic attacks are caused by allergic rhinitis - that is, the runny nose that drives people crazy during pollen and hay fever seasons.

      According to the American Lung Association, most physicians don't realize that asthma and runny nose are interrelated - that the dripping triggers asthma.

      "In patients with both rhinitis and asthma, the tendency (of physicians) has been to think, `We won't worry about the rhinitis because nobody dies from rhinitis. We'll just worry about the asthma,' " said association scientific adviser Jeffrey Wagener.

      The French researchers proved allergic rhinitis and asthma are linked. In their study, asthmatic patients were given doses of corticosteroid drugs in two ways: as a nasal spray to stop runny noses, or as a lung inhalant to ease asthma.

      The results were dramatic. Patients whose runny noses were stopped got far more relief than those who inhaled the drug into their lungs.

      Auber's researchers theorize the nasal rhinitis produces chemical substances that irritate the lungs and cause asthma.

      The American Lung Association says nasal corticosteroids and other drugs can control rhinitis in most patients. Asthma also can be reduced by avoiding what individuals are allergic to: goldenrod, tree pollen, dust, animal fur, etc.

      - Scripps Howard News Service