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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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