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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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