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  1. Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Could Affect Health

    April 30, 2010 -- The Deepwater Horizon incident occurred about 50 miles southeast of Venice, La., on April 22 after an explosion and fire damaged a Transocean oil rig, causing it to burn for hours and sink. There were approximately 700,000 gallons of fuel onboard before the fire, and exactly how mu

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  2. U.S. Cities With the Dirtiest Air

    April 28, 2010 -- Major metropolitan areas in California still have some of the dirtiest air in the nation, despite a decade-long effort to reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants, finds a new report by the American Lung Association. The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside area has the worst ozone

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  3. Airborne Fungus Expected to Spread in U.S.

    April 23, 2010 -- A potentially deadly airborne fungus, widely dubbed the killer fungus, has infected more than 50 people in the U.S., according to the CDC, and is expected to spread from the Pacific Northwest where it first surfaced. Even so, public health officials say, there is cause only for con

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  4. Health Woes Persist for 9/11 Rescue Workers

    April 7, 2010 -- Lung problems continue to plague rescue workers who were at the scene of the collapsed World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. That’s according to a new study appearing today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, which examined the effect of occupational exposures

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  5. Many Unaware They Have COPD

    April 6, 2010 -- As many as two in three people with known risk factors for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) don't know that they have the disease. A new study finds that about one in five heavy smokers over age 40 have findings of COPD, but only one-third have been previously diagnosed

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  6. Test May Reveal Early Signs of Emphysema

    April 5, 2010 -- A new test may help identify smokers most at risk of developing emphysema. Researchers found that measuring blood flow patterns in the lungs using a new type of multidetector row CT (MDCT) scan revealed subtle changes that may lead to emphysema in smokers with otherwise normal lungs

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  7. Frying Meat on Gas Stoves Poses Greater Risk

    Feb. 17, 2010 -- Gas stoves may give off more harmful fumes than electric stoves when cooking meat. The finding comes from a study in which steaks were pan-fried under conditions typical for a kitchen in a Western European restaurant. Researchers fried 17 beef steaks, each 14 ounces, either with mar

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  8. Mild COPD May Hurt the Heart

    Jan. 20, 2010 -- Even a mild case of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may have a major impact on the heart, according to a new study. "This study shows that COPD, even in its mildest form, is associated with diminished heart function," Susan B. Shurin, MD, acting director of the National

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  9. Gene Therapy May Stall Inherited Emphysema

    Dec. 21, 2009 -- A new type of gene therapy may help stop the progression of emphysema in young people who have an inherited form of the deadly disease. Researchers say previous attempts to correct the gene mutation that predisposes young people to emphysema have failed to achieve lasting results. B

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  10. Is Your Home's Air Unhealthy? Try Plants

    Dec. 4, 2009 -- Certain plants can remove dangerous airborne contaminants commonly found in homes, new research suggests. The contaminants plants can remove from the air include harmful volatile organic compounds such as benzene, toluene, octane, alpha-pinene, and trichloroethylene (TCE), the resear

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