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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. COPD May Hit Women Harder Than Men

    May 22, 2006 -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appears to be harsher for women than for men, new research shows. COPD is the No. 4 cause of death for U.S. adults. COPD is a group of diseases -- including emphysema and chronic bronchitis -- in which airflow is blocked and people have tr

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  7. Drug May Ease Progressive Lung Disease

    Aug. 12, 2005 -- A drug available in Europe called roflumilast helps ease symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers report in The Lancet. COPD is an inflammatory airway disease with progressive decline in lung function and health-related quality of life. In an internation

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  8. Asthma May Raise Risk of COPD, Emphysema

    July 12, 2004 -- Adults with asthma may face dramatically higher risks of developing potentially deadly lung diseases later in life, according to a new study. Researchers found asthmatic people were 12 times more likely to be diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than people wi

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  9. 1 in 9 Young Adults at Risk for COPD

    Jan. 28, 2004 -- As many as one in nine young adults living in industrialized countries is at risk for developing a deadly lung condition known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A new study shows that initial symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, such as persistent cough

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  10. COPD Ignored by Doctors and Patients

    Nov. 6, 2003 (New York) -- The term COPD may not strike fear in the hearts of most Americans like SARS or cancer, but that may soon change if the nation's lung specialists have their way. "COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., yet it is a disease that very few people know anything a

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