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  1. Advair vs. Spiriva: Fewer COPD Deaths

    Dec. 28, 2007 -- Severe COPD patients treated with Advair or Spiriva had the same rate of COPD attacks, but Advair patients were only half as likely to die. The finding comes from a head-to-head study pitting Advair against Spiriva in the treatment of patients with very serious chronic obstructive p

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  2. More Women Than Men Die From COPD

    Dec. 14, 2007 -- The lung disease known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has long been considered more a man's disease than a woman's disease. Nothing is farther from the truth, according to a new review. "COPD is a huge problem in women," says MeiLan Han, MD, MS, an assistant profess

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  3. COPD Rates May Rise as Population Ages

    Aug. 30, 2007 - The worldwide burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is far greater than has previously been recognized, and it will increase over the next few decades as the world population ages. As many as 10% of adults aged 40 and older across the globe are believed to have moder

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  4. Gender Makes a Difference for COPD

    Aug. 1, 2007 -- Women with advanced COPD have more shortness of breath and poorer quality of life than men with advanced COPD, a study shows. It is the first study to directly compare men and women with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) characterized by emphysema. Researchers found that d

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  5. Study: Cured Meats, COPD May Be Linked

    April 17, 2007 -- A new study suggests a possible link between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cured meats such as bacon, sausage, and luncheon meats. The study shows that people who frequently eat cured meats may be more likely to develop COPD than people who rarely or never eat su

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  6. Steroids May Cut COPD Lung Cancer Risk

    April 4, 2007 -- Taking inhaled corticosteroids may lower the risk of lung cancer among people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Lung cancer is a common cause of death among people with COPD. A new study suggests people who took at least 1,200 micrograms per day of inhaled corticost

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  7. Combo Treatment Works Best for COPD

    Feb. 21, 2007-- A promising treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) failed to show a clear survival benefit in a large international trial, but improvements were seen in patient lung function and overall health. The study looked at treatment with Advair Diskus 500/50, which combin

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  8. Asthma, Emphysema Drug May Weaken Bones

    Dec. 15, 2004 -- Long-term use of a drug commonly used to treat asthma and emphysema may lead to the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. Researchers found that after three years of using an inhaled steroid, emphysema patients had a significant loss in bone density. The results may add fuel to an alr

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  9. Viagra: Treatment for Lung Disease?

    Oct. 25, 2006 -- Viagra may ease blood pressure in the lungs of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). That's according to a small Dutch study presented in Salt Lake City at Chest 2006, held by the American College of Chest Physicians. COPD is the No. 4 cause of death in the U.S.

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  10. Top 10 Causes of Death Worldwide

    May 25, 2006 -- The world's leading causes of death in 2001 were heart disease and stroke, according to a new study on global health. Researcher Alan Lopez, PhD, and colleagues combed through thousands of data sources from all over the globe on 136 diseases and injuries in 2001. Lopez works in Brisb

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