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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Drinking Alcohol May Protect Lungs

    Oct. 25, 2007 -- Drinking alcohol in moderation may help you breathe easier. A new study shows light to moderate drinkers performed better on breathing tests than people who abstain from alcohol. Researchers found that people who drank fewer than two drinks, on average, per day had a nearly 20% lowe

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  7. Smoke Danger From California Wildfires

    Oct. 24, 2007 (Burbank, Calif.) -- Skies in Southern California have an eerie, dirty look as smoke spews from the numerous wildfires that began raging Sunday and may still be days from containment. Where there is smoke, there are health hazards, experts warn, perhaps even for healthy residents livin

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  8. Cholesterol Drugs May Help Lungs

    Oct. 12, 2007 -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may slow age-related loss of lung power -- even in smokers. The finding comes from an analysis of data on more than 800 men whose lung function was tested over a 10-year period. The men's average age was about 70 at the start of the study. Some of t

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  9. Smog Level Down in Eastern U.S. Cities

    Sept. 27, 2007 -- Lung-threatening smog levels dropped 7% last year in the Eastern U.S., a new government report shows. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday that levels of smog, also known as ground-level ozone, continued a six-year declining trend since 2000. Overall, smog pollut

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  10. House Says Yes to Popcorn Lung Bill

    Sept. 26, 2007 -- The U.S. House of Representatives called for stricter new standards Wednesday to protect workers exposed to flavoring chemicals in popcorn plants. Lawmakers passed a bill forcing federal regulators to enact fast-track regulations that would increase health monitoring and protection

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