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    1. COPD May Be Over-Diagnosed Among Uninsured

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Roughly four in 10 uninsured patients who have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) actually do not have the lung disease, a small new study suggests. At issue: Faulty diagnoses were made based on an e

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    2. Pain a Common Problem for People With COPD

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients experience a significant amount of pain, new research suggests. Pain levels are nearly on par with the kind of discomfort experienced by many osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthr

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    3. COPD Steroid Treatment: Less May Be More

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Less is more when it comes to steroid therapy for patients having severe bouts of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to Swiss investigators. Five days of glucocorticoid treatment with prednisone to treat C

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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