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  1. Tuberculosis: 17 Questions and Answers

    Atlanta lawyer Andrew Speaker has been released from a Denver hospital where he was being treated for tuberculosis. Speaker's story has raised questions about tuberculosis. Here are 17 questions and answers. Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium that spreads through the ai

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  2. Andrew Speaker Gets TB Lung Surgery

    July 17, 2007 -- Tuberculosis patient Andrew Speaker had lung surgery this morning in Colorado to remove diseased and damaged tissue in his lung. The TB lung surgery was performed at the University of Colorado Hospital at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., by John D. Mitchell, MD, chief o

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  3. TB Patient to Get Lung Surgery

    June 14, 2007 -- Denver doctors today announced that Andrew Speaker is due to get lung surgery in July for his extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB). Speaker, an Atlanta lawyer, was recently in the headlines when the CDC ordered him into medical isolation after he and his bride took two t

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  4. Tuberculosis Patient Treated in Denver

    June 1, 2007 -- Andrew Speaker, the Atlanta man at the center of a media storm after traveling overseas with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR), is being treated for his tuberculosis at Denver's National Jewish Medical and Research Center. XDR TB is an infectious disease spread from perso

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  5. Fliers Warned About Tuberculosis

    May 29, 2007 -- The CDC today announced that a U.S. traveler may have put his fellow fliers at risk for a potentially deadly form of drug-resistant tuberculosis. The traveler, an unnamed man from Atlanta, has extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB), which is rare but can cause serious illne

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  6. Windows a Culprit in Air Pollution?

    May 11, 2007 -- Grime on windows may contribute to air pollution, a Canadian study suggests. Scientists from the University of Toronto did several lab tests on window grime, which they call "urban organic films." Window grime can soak up an inactive version of the smog chemical nitric acid, note the

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  7. Top 25 Cities for Clean Air

    May 1, 2007 -- The American Lung Association today released its 2007 "State of the Air" report, which includes good news and bad news about America's air quality. The good news: Smog levels across much of the country are lower than they were from 2003 to 2005, especially in the eastern U.S. The bad

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  8. 7 New Cases of 'Popcorn Workers Lung'

    April 26, 2007 -- The CDC reports seven cases of a potentially deadly lung disease known as "popcorn workers lung" at four California flavor factories. The disease, bronchiolitis obliterans, is a rare and life-threatening form of fixed obstructive lung disease, says the CDC. Obstructive lung disease

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  9. Study: Cured Meats, COPD May Be Linked

    April 17, 2007 -- A new study suggests a possible link between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cured meats such as bacon, sausage, and luncheon meats. The study shows that people who frequently eat cured meats may be more likely to develop COPD than people who rarely or never eat su

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  10. Steroids May Cut COPD Lung Cancer Risk

    April 4, 2007 -- Taking inhaled corticosteroids may lower the risk of lung cancer among people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Lung cancer is a common cause of death among people with COPD. A new study suggests people who took at least 1,200 micrograms per day of inhaled corticost

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