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  1. New Method Detects Early Lung Cancer

    Aug. 21, 2003 -- A new lung cancer screening method that combines two types of imaging techniques may help detect early lung cancers in people at high risk for the deadly disease, such as heavy smokers. A new study shows the method, which combines spiral computed tomography (CT) and positron emissio

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  2. Secondhand Smoke Study Raises Ire

    May 15, 2003 -- A controversial new study that questions the health risks of being exposed to secondhand smoke -- a factor often said to contribute to some 50,000 American deaths each year -- has outraged some health officials. The new study, to be published in the May 17 issue of the British Medica

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  3. Smog Report: Half of U.S. Still Flunks

    May 1, 2003 -- Smog threatens the health of nearly half of all Americans, according to the American Lung Association's State of the Air 2003 report. The report examines air quality data for 1999-2001, the most recent data from the EPA. It ranks air quality for ozone pollution. Los Angeles holds on t

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  4. Lung Cancer Runs in the Family

    April 11, 2003 - Smokers whose parents or siblings have lung cancer appear to face much higher risks of developing lung cancer themselves. A new study suggests that genes may play a role in raising the risk of lung cancer. Smoking is the single largest risk factor for lung cancer, but researchers sa

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  5. Lung Cancer Risk Varies Among Smokers

    March 18, 2003 -- Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer, but not all smokers face the same risk of developing the disease. Researchers say lung cancer risk varies widely among current and former smokers, and a new tool may help predict a person's 10 year risk level and determine when lung

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  6. Plant Compound May Stop Lung Cancer

    Feb. 19, 2003 -- A substance found in plants may help treat and prevent the deadliest type of cancer, which happens to be primarily caused by another plant (tobacco). According to new research, a natural plant product called deguelin may halt lung cancer in its tracks. Researchers say deguelin is fo

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  7. Tumor Vaccine Mops Up Lung Cancer

    Feb. 13, 2003 -- Vaccines made from patients' own tumors are safe and seem to work in early human tests. Future enhancements promise to make this a powerful new treatment for deadly cancers. One reason tumors grow out of control is that T-cells -- which orchestrate immune system attacks -- ignore th

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  8. Popular Arthritis Drug KO's Lung Cancer

    -->May 21, 2002 -- The powerful arthritis drug Celebrex, which is already approved as a treatment to prevent a type of colon cancer, is showing some signs of efficacy against cancer's No. 1 killer: lung cancer. In a small study of 16 patients with early cancer than had not spread beyond the lungs, p

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  9. Air Pollution Increases Lung Cancer Risk

    March 5, 2002 -- The brown haze on the horizon is bad for your health -- very, very bad. Long-term exposure to air pollution is a serious risk factor for heart disease and lung cancer, says a new study. In the study, researchers compared health data and death records on 500,000 Americans, all based

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  10. Docs Nix Lung Scan

    Feb. 22, 2002 -- It's now possible to detect lung cancer earlier than ever before. The downside: too many false alarms make lung-cancer screening too painful and costly. The new technology is called low-dose spiral computed tomography or CT. It's a great tool. Doctors would love to be able to use it

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