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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. COPD: Awareness Climbs, but Understanding Lags

      Nov. 4, 2009 -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which makes breathing tough for one in every five people over age 45, is becoming a better-known condition, but nearly half of the people in a survey doubt it can be treated. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National In

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    9. 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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    10. 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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