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  1. Many Smokers May Have Undiagnosed Lung Disease

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of long-term smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease, a new study finds. Fifty-five percent of those who pass lung function tests still have a respiratory impairment, researchers report. But, using advan

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  2. MERS FAQ: What You Need to Know

    Editor’s note: This story was updated on June 19, 2015, with updated numbers and a case of MERS in Thailand. May 5, 2014 -- The deadly respiratory virus known as MERS, first identified in 2012 in the Middle East, has resurfaced in Asia. In this latest outbreak, more than 160 cases and nearly 25 deat

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  3. COPD Tied to Raised Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is already the third leading cause of death in the world, and a new European study finds the respiratory illness might also raise a person's odds for sudden cardiac

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  4. Actor Leonard Nimoy Dies of COPD at Age 83

    Feb. 27, 2015 -- Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock on "Star Trek," died Friday morning at age 83. The actor was hospitalized earlier this week and died at his home in Los Angeles. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death and said the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pu

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  5. Healthy Diet May Lower Lung Disease Risk

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy diet low in red meat and rich in whole grains might reduce the risk of developing the crippling chronic lung disease known as COPD, new research suggests. Researchers tracked more than 120,000 men and women and foun

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  6. About 1 in 7 Older Adults Has Lung Disease: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 15 percent, or about one out of seven, middle-aged and older U.S. adults suffer from lung disorders such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), health officials said Tuesday. While 10 percent o

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  7. 2 New Drugs Approved for Fatal Lung Disease

    Oct. 16, 2014 -- Two newly-approved drugs can slow the progression of a deadly lung disease, but there are concerns about the drugs' high prices. Roche's Esbriet and Boehringer Ingelheim's Ofev were approved Wednesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of people with idiopathic p

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  8. Combo Therapy Best for COPD: Study

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination drug therapy aimed at opening the airways and reducing inflammation appears to be the best treatment for older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), especially those with asthma, a new

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  9. MERS Virus Doesn't Seem to Spread Easily: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus are unlikely to pass it to others in their household, a new study suggests. Mostly confined to countries in the Middle East so far, the virus has

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  10. Some Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Three common respiratory diseases seem to be associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers report. The investigators analyzed data from seven studies that included more than 25,000 people and found that chr

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