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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Combo Treatment Works Best for COPD

    Feb. 21, 2007-- A promising treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) failed to show a clear survival benefit in a large international trial, but improvements were seen in patient lung function and overall health. The study looked at treatment with Advair Diskus 500/50, which combin

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  6. Asthma, Emphysema Drug May Weaken Bones

    Dec. 15, 2004 -- Long-term use of a drug commonly used to treat asthma and emphysema may lead to the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. Researchers found that after three years of using an inhaled steroid, emphysema patients had a significant loss in bone density. The results may add fuel to an alr

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  7. FDA Weighs Fate of Antibiotic Ketek

    Dec. 14, 2006 -- An FDA panel is getting ready to decide whether to recommend that a widely used antibiotic be taken off the market. The drug, known as Ketek, is used to treat respiratory tract infections like bronchitis , sinusitis , and pneumonia . Doctors have written an estimated 6 million presc

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  8. Risks From Animal Diseases Growing

    Nov. 10, 2006 -- Diseases spread by birds, mosquitoes, cattle, and other animals are a growing problem for humans -- affecting millions of people a year, according to a new study. The recent outbreaks of bird flu and mad cow disease have raised awareness of the danger of diseases spread by animals t

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  9. Viagra: Treatment for Lung Disease?

    Oct. 25, 2006 -- Viagra may ease blood pressure in the lungs of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). That's according to a small Dutch study presented in Salt Lake City at Chest 2006, held by the American College of Chest Physicians. COPD is the No. 4 cause of death in the U.S.

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  10. Always Angry? Lungs May Age Faster

    Aug. 30, 2006 -- Being angry all the time may speed up aging aging in the lungs, a new study shows. "The role of hostility in pulmonary health deserves a closer look," write Laura Kubzansky, PhD, MPH, and colleagues in Thorax. Kubzansky works at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. She and her

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