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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Experts Find Dangers in Emphysema Surgery

    Aug. 15, 2001 -- After taking another look at an operation that has been becoming more common for emphysema patients, researchers have found the procedure can be dangerous and even deadly to some people with severe cases of the disease. Emphysema is a disease largely associated with smoking and stri

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  7. Antibiotics No Help for Most Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis

    April 2, 2001 -- New guidelines for treating emphysema and chronic bronchitis show that several popular treatments aren't needed -- but they come up short on alternatives. The guidelines, published in the April 3 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine and the April issue of CHEST, for the first ti

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  8. Left Breathless?

    Feb. 23, 2001 -- Shortness of breath so extreme it's difficult to talk, or even get dressed in the morning without feeling exhausted -- that's what doctors call chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It's common among long-time smokers, a cause of lung damage called emphysema. In others, COPD

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  9. Less Lung Means More Comfort for Emphysema Patients

    Oct. 24, 2000 -- Emphysema causes a person's lungs to become stretched out and floppy, unable to bounce back after each breath. People with severe emphysema may need extra oxygen just to get through the day, and many are so short of breath they can barely walk across a room. Lung experts think that

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  10. Regular Marijuana Use Could Lead to Emphysema

    March 20, 2000 (Baltimore) -- Chronic marijuana smoking may lead to emphysema, a serious disorder in which areas of lung tissue are destroyed and replaced with cysts, according to a paper published in this month's issue of the journal Thorax. In the paper, Martin Johnson, MD, of the department of re

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