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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Elavil for Cystic Fibrosis?

    March 31, 2008 -- The antidepressant Elavil prevents lung infection in mice with cystic fibrosis, but the dose must be exactly right to avoid harm. The finding comes from researchers who may have found the key to why the genetic mutation that causes cystic fibrosis leads to the deadly lung-clogging

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  7. Tuberculosis Hits Record Low in U.S.

    March 20, 2008 -- The CDC today announced that the U.S. tuberculosis rate is the lowest it's been since the CDC started keeping track in 1953. The new tuberculosis (TB) statistics, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, show that 4.4 per 100,000 people in the U.S. have tubercu

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  8. FDA Checking on Spiriva and Stroke

    March 18, 2008 -- The FDA and the drug company Boehringer Ingelheim are investigating a possible increase in stroke risk among patients who use the Spiriva HandiHaler, an inhaler used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). That possibility, noted in a preliminary analysis, isn't cer

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  9. Kernel of Truth About Butter Flavoring

    March 13, 2008 -- A new study shows signs of lung damage in mice exposed to diacetyl, a chemical used in artificial butter flavoring. Leading popcorn makers say they no longer use diacetyl in their products. But diacetyl is still used in other processed foods. In the new study, mice developed lung d

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  10. Government Toughens Smog Standards

    March 12, 2008 -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has toughened its smog regulations by lowering the allowable level of ozone in the air. But some health groups say the new standards aren't strict enough to protect the public's health. The agency lowered the legally acceptable level of ozo

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