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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Air Fresheners Linked to Lung Damage

    July 27, 2006 -- A chemical found in air fresheners, toilet deodorizers, and mothballs -- and in the blood of 96% of Americans -- may harm the lungs. The finding comes from a National Institutes of Health study that measured lung function and blood levels of 11 household chemicals in 953 U.S. adults

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  6. Top 10 Causes of Death Worldwide

    May 25, 2006 -- The world's leading causes of death in 2001 were heart disease and stroke, according to a new study on global health. Researcher Alan Lopez, PhD, and colleagues combed through thousands of data sources from all over the globe on 136 diseases and injuries in 2001. Lopez works in Brisb

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  7. COPD May Hit Women Harder Than Men

    May 22, 2006 -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appears to be harsher for women than for men, new research shows. COPD is the No. 4 cause of death for U.S. adults. COPD is a group of diseases -- including emphysema and chronic bronchitis -- in which airflow is blocked and people have tr

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  8. Pneumococcal Vaccine: Ripple Effect

    April 11, 2006 -- The new pneumococcal vaccine works -- even for kids too young to take it. The finding is good news for parents of children under 2 months of age. They're too young for the vaccine -- but not too young to get very sick from pneumococcal infection. Invasive pneumococcal infections in

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  9. Vaccine Cuts Pneumococcal Disease

    April 5, 2006 -- A vaccine launched in 2000 has cut U.S. cases of invasive pneumococcal disease. Invasive pneumococcal disease includes pneumonia and meningitis. The vaccine is among those routinely given to children. It targets seven strains of invasive pneumococci bacteria; five of those strains r

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  10. Infection Ups DVT, Pulmonary Embolism

    March 30, 2006 -- Acute infections may make two blood clotting conditions -- deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism -- more likely. Researchers report the news in The Lancet. They reviewed the medical records from a large British database. The study shows that while DVT and pulmonary embo

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