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  1. First SARS Case of 2004: Now What?

    Jan. 7, 2004 -- News of the first confirmed case of severe acute respiratory disease in China has prompted drastic actions by Chinese officials, including the extermination of thousands of wild animals thought to carry the virus. But CDC officials say one isolated case of SARS is not yet cause for c

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  2. Possible SARS Treatment?

    Dec. 23, 2003 -- Interferon may have saved lives during last winter's SARS outbreak, researchers say. Carried by airplane passengers, the deadly disease rapidly spread from Asia to North America. Before intensive public-health measures snuffed out the epidemic, SARS killed 774 people. The illness ba

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  3. SARS Lessons Unlearned

    Will SARS come back? Experts agree only on this: It won't be the last worldwide killer epidemic. A year ago, severe acute respiratory syndrome -- SARS -- was unknown. Like a winged dragon, it suddenly emerged from China, taking only a month to spread death from Asia to North America. And like a slee

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  4. SARS Virus May Spread Easily on Flights

    Dec. 17, 2003 -- The SARS virus spread rapidly around the world, mostly carried by infected travelers. On planes, fellow passengers might easily catch the infection, too. A study published in this week's New England Journal of Medicine looked at the risk of transmission on board flights that carried

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  5. Smokers Up Others' Lung Cancer Risk

    Dec. 10, 2003 -- Even if you've never picked up a cigarette, secondhand smoke puts you at high risk for lung cancer -- up to 30% higher, a new study shows. It's more evidence that precisely pins down this somewhat difficult-to-determine health risk, writes Paul Brennan, PhD, with the International A

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  6. Possible SARS Vaccine Breakthrough

    Dec. 4, 2003 -- In what may prove to be an important step toward the development of a protective SARS vaccine, researchers have genetically altered a common cold virus that appears to trigger a SARS-fighting immune response in monkeys. Six weeks after getting vaccinated to this cold-causing virus --

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  7. Air Pollution May Make SARS More Deadly

    Nov. 21, 2003 -- People who live in areas of high air pollution may be twice as likely to die from SARS as those from areas with cleaner air. A new study shows the number of deaths caused by SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in different regions of China increased as air pollution levels incr

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  8. COPD Ignored by Doctors and Patients

    Nov. 6, 2003 (New York) -- The term COPD may not strike fear in the hearts of most Americans like SARS or cancer, but that may soon change if the nation's lung specialists have their way. "COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., yet it is a disease that very few people know anything a

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  9. Inhaled Steroids May Slow COPD

    Oct. 30, 2003 -- Treating people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) with inhaled steroids may help slow the loss of lung function caused by the disease by up to 30%. Researchers say the use of inhaled steroids in COPD treatment is controversial but the results of a new study show that

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  10. House Pets Can Catch, Spread SARS

    Oct. 29, 2003 -- The number of animals harboring the virus that causes SARS may be much larger than once thought, and some of them might be in your own home. New research shows that common house pets such as cats and ferrets may easily become infected with the SARS virus and spread the disease to ot

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