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    1. Blood Tests May Predict COPD Flare-Ups

      By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who have signs of chronic inflammation in their blood are more likely to have flare-ups of the lung disease than those who do not, a large new study shows. In addition t

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    2. MERS Virus May Never Become Big Threat in U.S.

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who has watched the movie "Contagion" has seen how fast a virus can spread and how deadly it can be, but is it reality? Much like the film, a new emerging virus called the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (

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