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  1. Obesity Ups Risk of Pulmonary Embolism, DVT

    Sept. 9, 2005 -- New research shows that obesity makes men and women more likely to develop two blood clotting problems -- deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. The risk of those problems is highest for obese women who are younger than 40 years old, researchers report in The American Jo

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  2. Indoor Air Pollution: Are You at Risk?

    Coughing. Burning eyes. Stuffy nose. If these are chronic problems for you, indoor air pollution could be to blame. A home or office can harbor asthma- and allergy-causing gases and air particles. In fact, indoor air pollution is now recognized as a serious source of respiratory diseases, including

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  3. Stem Cells Used to Grow Lung Cells

    Aug. 24, 2005 -- Scientists in London report successfully directing human embryonic stem cells to become lung cells. The experiment was done in a lab. The cells haven't been tested on humans. The results are due to appear in the journal Tissue Engineering. Researchers working on the study included J

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  4. Inhaled Steroids May Help Lung Disease

    Aug. 15, 2005 -- New evidence supports the use of inhaled steroids by people with chronic lung disease. Doctors disagree over whether regular use of inhaled steroids helps the conditions collectively known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphyse

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  5. Drug May Ease Progressive Lung Disease

    Aug. 12, 2005 -- A drug available in Europe called roflumilast helps ease symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers report in The Lancet. COPD is an inflammatory airway disease with progressive decline in lung function and health-related quality of life. In an internation

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  6. Do Popcorn Workers Face Lung Disease Risk?

    Aug. 8, 2005 -- Workers at popcorn production plants may be exposed to vapors that may cause lung disease, according to a study. Researchers, whose study appears in the August issue of Chest, say severe airway obstruction and irreversible damage to the lungs has been reported in microwave popcorn pr

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  7. Viagra Ingredient OK'd for Lung Problem

    June 8, 2005 -- The FDA has approved Viagra's active ingredient to treat pulmonary hypertension, a rare, life-shortening lung disorder that causes high blood pressure in the lungs. Viagra's maker, Pfizer, a WebMD sponsor, announced the approval in a news release. Pfizer will repackage Viagra's key i

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  8. Whooping Cough Shot Targets Youths, Adults

    June 2, 2005 -- A new booster shot for whooping cough (pertussis), diphtheria, and tetanus appears to work in adolescents and adults, and it's as safe as older versions. The new shot, called Adacel, is not yet on the market. In early May, the FDA approved a similar combination booster shot, called B

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  9. Bacteria in Hot Tub May Hurt Lungs

    May 24, 2005 (San Diego) -- Patients who suffer from cough and breathlessness may be victims of what doctors call hot tub lung, Minnesota researchers report at the American Thoracic Society international meeting. "Doctors often don't think to ask their patients if they have been using a hot tub," sa

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  10. Pope Has Surgery to Help Him Breathe

    Feb. 24, 2005 -- Pope John Paul II has undergone surgery – called a tracheostomy -- to help him breathe easier, the Vatican reports. It's unclear exactly why the Pope needed this procedure. However, he was admitted to the hospital in early February with airway spasms arising from flu complications.

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