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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Man Dies After Parasitic Worms Invade Lungs

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- A Vietnamese immigrant in California died of a massive infection with parasitic worms that spread throughout his body, including his lungs. They had remained dormant until his immune system was suppressed by steroid drugs us

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  8. Secrets of New SARS-Like Virus Uncovered

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- A discovery that shows how a novel -- and often fatal -- virus infects cells may help fight a health threat that has recently emerged on the world stage, researchers report. A unique coronavirus was identified as the

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  9. British Man Dies From SARS

    Feb. 19, 2013 -- A British man being treated for a new virus, called a novel coronavirus, has died. The man died from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in the critical care unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham on Sunday morning, the hospital announced. The patient was already an ou

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  10. New SARS-Like Virus Well-Suited to Attack Humans

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The new SARS-like "coronavirus" that first emerged in the Middle East can invade the lungs and immune system as easily as the common cold, according to a new study. But in the event of a large-scale outbreak, researcher

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