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  1. 2 Health Care Workers Made Ill by SARS-Like Virus

    An emerging, SARS-like virus that has sickened 40 people in the Middle East and Europe since September has now caused illness in two health care workers who were caring for infected patients, health officials report. Two health care staffers caring for a patient in Saudi Arabia have been sickened wi

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  2. Breo Ellipta Approved for COPD

    By Scott Roberts HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may have new help in their quest to breathe better, with the approval of Breo Ellipta on Friday. This combination drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administrat

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  3. Allergies May Boost Severity of Lung Disease

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Hay fever and similar allergies increase the frequency and severity of respiratory problems in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study shows. COPD is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficul

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  4. Treatments for AAT Deficiency

    If you have alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AAT deficiency), there's treatment that can help you can feel better, live longer, and breathe easier. There's only one specific treatment that actually targets COPD caused by AAT deficiency -- augmentation therapy. It's also called replacement therapy. It

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  5. Tips for Staying Healthy With AAT Deficiency

    Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency: Even the name for this inherited lung problem can be hard to understand. You may have no symptoms, or you may feel short of breath often with AAT deficiency. But whatever your situation, you can take steps at home and at work to feel your best. Many people with AAT de

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  6. How to Recognize AAT Deficiency

    When Bob Campbell found out that he had alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency at age 55, he'd never heard of this inherited lung disease before. Most people haven't.  But once he learned more, it made sense. "That diagnosis explained so much," he says. Campbell had emphysema by his late 20s. He had a famil

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  7. Treatment for New, Deadly Coronavirus Shows Promise

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- A treatment for a new coronavirus that has caused 11 deaths, mostly in the Middle East, shows promise in early tests, U.S. government researchers report. The investigators discovered that a combination of two antiviral drugs

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  8. Drug-Resistant Superbug May Spread Among Patients

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- Drug-resistant bacteria that cause lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis can be passed indirectly from person to person, a new study finds. Between 3 percent and 10 percent of cystic fibrosis patients in the United Sta

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  9. Valley Fever Fungal Infection on Rise in Southwest

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- Cases of a fungal lung infection called Valley Fever increased sharply in several southwestern states since the late 1990s, according to a report released Thursday. In Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, the num

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  10. Antibiotic Tied to Heart Problems in COPD Patients

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- A widely used antibiotic may increase the risk of heart problems in patients with lung conditions, according to a new study. The antibiotic clarithromycin is commonly used to treat lower respiratory infections such as pneumonia

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