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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. SARS Virus May Be Tough to Beat

    Sept. 13, 2007 -- New research shows that SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) may be a long-term challenge to the immune system. SARS, which is caused by a virus, was big news in 2003, when SARS was first reported in Asia. The 2003 SARS outbreak affected the Americas, Europe, and Asia, killing

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  8. Microwave Popcorn Linked to Lung Harm

    Sept. 5, 2007 -- Inhaled fumes from microwave popcorn may have caused a man's rare, deadly lung disease, a leading lung expert says. The expert is Cecile Rose, MD, MPH, head of the division of environmental and occupational health sciences at National Jewish Medical and Research Center and associate

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  9. Chemical Clue to 'Popcorn Workers Lung'

    Aug. 31, 2007 -- Scientists have new clues about the roots of a rare, life-threatening lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans in workers in the flavor industry. Bronchiolitis obliterans is a form of fixed obstructive lung disease, an irreversible condition which makes it difficult for air to f

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  10. COPD Rates May Rise as Population Ages

    Aug. 30, 2007 - The worldwide burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is far greater than has previously been recognized, and it will increase over the next few decades as the world population ages. As many as 10% of adults aged 40 and older across the globe are believed to have moder

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