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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Inhaled Steroids May Slow COPD

    Oct. 30, 2003 -- Treating people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) with inhaled steroids may help slow the loss of lung function caused by the disease by up to 30%. Researchers say the use of inhaled steroids in COPD treatment is controversial but the results of a new study show that

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  7. Red Wine Ingredient May Fight COPD

    Oct. 27, 2003 -- The same ingredient in red wine that makes it healthy for your heart may also be good for your lungs. A new study shows resveratrol, a compound found in the skins of red fruits such as grapes, may slow down the inflammatory process involved in the lung disease COPD (chronic obstruct

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  8. Lung Surgery for Emphysema Improves Life

    May 20, 2003 (Seattle) -- Simple things like taking a shower or getting dressed can leave someone with emphysema breathless. Now, however, a landmark study reports that some emphysema patients can increase their exercise tolerance by having diseased sections of their lungs removed -- called lung vol

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  9. Lung Surgery Eases Emphysema Symptoms

    March 25, 2003 -- A surgical procedure that gives the lungs of emphysema patients more room to breathe may provide lasting benefits for people with the most severe form of the disease. New research shows that the procedure, known as lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), can significantly improve the

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  10. The Dangers of Emphysema Surgery

    Oct. 10, 2001 -- A popular surgery for emphysema might not be so popular anymore, since researchers who reviewed the results of the operation found the procedure could be dangerous and even deadly to those with severe cases of the disease. The news was pressing enough for the researchers to jump the

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