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  1. Statins May Cut Death Risk From Pneumonia

    Oct. 28, 2008 -- A new study shows that people who are hospitalized while taking cholesterol-reducing medications have a higher survival rate within 90 days of discharge. Reimar Thomsen, MD, PhD, of Aarhus University and Aalborg Hospital in Aalborg, Denmark, and colleagues, reviewed data from 29,900

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  2. Depression May Worsen COPD

    Oct. 24, 2008 -- Patients with a leading lung disease -- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) -- might benefit from depression screening and depression treatment, if needed. Chinese and Canadian researchers report that news in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. T

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  3. FDA Rethinks Spiriva Stroke Warning

    Oct. 9, 2008 – The FDA is reconsidering its recent warning that the lung disease drug Spiriva might raise stroke risk. The warning came after Spiriva maker Boehringer Ingelheim analyzed pooled data from 29 Spiriva studies. These studies suggested that for every 1,000 patients taking Spiriva, there w

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  4. Spiriva Eases Lung Disease Symptoms

    Oct. 6, 2008 -- People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) breathe better when they add Spiriva to their other respiratory medications, a four-year study shows. UCLA researcher Donald P. Tashkin, MD, and colleagues hoped for more. Their international study of nearly 6,000 COPD patients

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  5. COPD Medicines: Risky or Safe?

    Sept. 23, 2008 -- Two commonly used treatments for the lung disease known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) boost the risk of heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes, according to a new analysis. But the drugs' marketers sharply disagree. The medicines under scrutiny

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  6. Bad New Air Pollutant Found

    Aug. 17, 2008 -- Every day, we breathe in 300 cigarettes' worth of a newly discovered form of air pollution, new research shows. H. Barry Dellinger, PhD, chairman of environmental chemistry at Louisiana State University, calls the new pollutants persistent free radicals or PFRs. He reported the find

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  7. Inhalers Slow COPD Lung Function Loss

    Aug. 15, 2008 -- For the first time, a major study shows that currently available inhaled medications can slow the deadly loss of lung function in COPD -- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As we age, our lungs work less and less well. But this process greatly accelerates in people with COPD, fo

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  8. Garden Fungus Kills British Man

    June 12, 2008 -- A fungal lung infection, aspergillosis, killed a healthy 47-year-old British man who inhaled dust stirred up while mulching his garden. Aspergillus fungus is commonly found in rotting plant material, and that's where the man apparently inhaled the fungal spores. "His symptoms had st

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  9. Iraq War Vets Return With Lung Disease

    May 21, 2008 -- Some U.S. soldiers returning from the war in Iraq are bringing lung disease home with them. A new study shows a large group of Iraq War veterans has been diagnosed with bronchiolitis, a type of lung disease that affects the small airways of the lung. It causes shortness of breath and

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  10. Not All Air Pollution Harms Equally

    May 13, 2008 -- A new study shows that larger particles of air pollution aren't significantly linked to hospital admissions for heart or lung problems. The goal of the study was to see how larger particulate-matter air pollution might play a role in hospital admissions for cardiovascular and lung di

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