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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Advair vs. Spiriva: Fewer COPD Deaths

    Dec. 28, 2007 -- Severe COPD patients treated with Advair or Spiriva had the same rate of COPD attacks, but Advair patients were only half as likely to die. The finding comes from a head-to-head study pitting Advair against Spiriva in the treatment of patients with very serious chronic obstructive p

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  7. More Women Than Men Die From COPD

    Dec. 14, 2007 -- The lung disease known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has long been considered more a man's disease than a woman's disease. Nothing is farther from the truth, according to a new review. "COPD is a huge problem in women," says MeiLan Han, MD, MS, an assistant profess

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  8. Dodging Traffic Pollution's Lung Effects

    Dec. 5, 2007 -- Your lungs may thank you for limiting your exposure to traffic pollution, especially if you have asthma, two new studies show. Here's the quick version of the findings: Asthma patients had more lung inflammation while strolling a busy street than in a park. If the air gets cleaner, l

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  9. Simple Steps Curb Respiratory Viruses

    Nov. 29, 2007 -- Just in time for flu season, researchers are making recommendations to cut the spread of respiratory viruses -- without drugs. Those tips -- from experts including Tom Jefferson, MD, of Cochrane Vaccines Field in Italy -- include: Wash hands frequently (with or without antiseptics)

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  10. Secondhand Smoke Damages Lungs

    Nov. 26, 2007 (Chicago) -- For the first time, researchers say they have evidence that long-term exposure to secondhand smoke can cause structural damage in the lungs that is indicative of emphysema. Their study also suggests that the modified magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique used to detec

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