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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. Spiriva Eases Lung Disease Symptoms

      Oct. 6, 2008 -- People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) breathe better when they add Spiriva to their other respiratory medications, a four-year study shows. UCLA researcher Donald P. Tashkin, MD, and colleagues hoped for more. Their international study of nearly 6,000 COPD patients

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    4. COPD Medicines: Risky or Safe?

      Sept. 23, 2008 -- Two commonly used treatments for the lung disease known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) boost the risk of heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes, according to a new analysis. But the drugs' marketers sharply disagree. The medicines under scrutiny

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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