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  1. Bacteria May Lurk on Your Showerhead

    Sept. 14, 2009 -- Showerheads in your home may harbor potentially infectious bacteria and enrich their growth, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Colorado sampled gunk, which they call biofilm, from 45 germy showerheads in nine U.S. cities, then analyzed the ribosomal RNA g

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  2. Early COPD Treatment Slows Disease

    Aug. 27, 2009 - Early treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) slows loss of lung function and likely extends survival, a large-scale clinical trial shows. COPD is almost always caused by smoking. It includes two diseases: chronic bronchitis, in which the airways become inflamed; an

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  3. Outdoor Pollution and Lung Function Effects

    In 1996, the city of Atlanta took dramatic steps to improve the city's air quality for the summer Olympics. In the process, it showed how reducing air pollution can improve lung function. What city officials did -- switching to rapid transit and buses that ran on natural gas instead of diesel -- dec

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  4. COPD May Contribute to Mental Decline

    July 8, 2009 -- A new study shows that severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with greater cognitive impairment in older adults. Previous research has already linked COPD with impaired cognitive function, or impaired mental skills, but researchers say this is the first stu

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  5. Smoking Pot, Cigarettes Ups COPD Risk

    April 13, 2009 -- People who smoke both cigarettes and marijuana have a greater risk for developing the progressive lung disease COPD than cigarette smokers who don't smoke pot, a new study shows. Smokers in the study who reported using both tobacco and marijuana were three times as likely as nonsmo

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  6. Air Pollution Is Dangerous, but Deadly?

    March 11, 2009 -- Long-term exposure to ground-level ozone significantly increases the risk of death from respiratory problems, a new study shows. A team of scientists says the risk of dying from respiratory problems is more than 30% greater in metropolitan areas with the highest ozone concentration

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  7. Belly Fat Bad for Your Lungs?

    March 6, 2009 -- Inflating that "spare tire" around your waist may put the squeeze on your lungs, a new French study shows. Scientists have long suspected abdominal obesity to pose its own health risks, aside from those of being overweight. Abdominal obesity is a component of metabolic syndrome, whi

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  8. FDA OKs Asthma Drug for COPD

    March 2, 2009 -- The FDA has approved the use of Symbicort pMDI (pressurized metered-dose inhaler), which is used to treat asthma, to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to AstraZeneca, which makes Symbicort, the FDA approved Symbicort for COPD based on two clinical trials

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  9. Patrick Swayze Hospitalized With Pneumonia

    Jan. 9, 2009 -- Actor Patrick Swayze, who has stage IV pancreatic cancer, has checked himself into a hospital for observation because he has pneumonia. Executives from A&E, the network behind Swayze's new TV show, The Beast, announced Swayze's hospitalization today in Las Vegas at the Television Cri

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  10. Breathe Easy: 5 Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality

    We tend to think of air pollution as something outside -- smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air, especially in summer. But the truth is, the air inside homes, offices, and other buildings can be more polluted than the air outside. The air inside your home may be polluted by lead (in house dust), f

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