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  1. FDA Approves New Inhaler for COPD

    July 24, 2012 -- The FDA has approved a new inhaled drug for the treatment of the lung disease COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The drug, called Tudorza Pressair (aclidinium bromide), is a dry powder inhaler. It improves airflow by relaxing the muscles around the large airways of the lu

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  2. COPD: 11 Foods to Avoid Weight Loss

    If you have COPD, your calorie requirements may be higher than you think.  A person with COPD can burn 10 times as many calories breathing as a healthy person.  Your body uses food as fuel for energy and all its bodily functions, including breathing.  Eating a healthy high-calorie diet won't cure CO

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  3. Acupuncture May Be Worth a Shot for COPD

    May 14, 2012 -- Acupuncture may allow people with the lung disease COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) to breathe a bit easier. COPD is the umbrella term for chronic lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It is often marked by a chronic cough and shortness of breath. Tre

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  4. Nation's Air Improving, Even in L.A.

    April 25, 2012 -- People who live in the nation's most polluted cities are breathing cleaner air than they have in over a decade, according to new data released today by the American Lung Association (ALA). The group's annual "State of the Air" report highlights successes in lowering pollution level

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  5. Cured Meats May Worsen COPD

    March 9, 2012 -- People with the lung disease COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) who overdo it on bacon, salami, and other cured meats may be at greater risk for experiencing a flare-up that lands them back in the hospital. COPD is the umbrella term for chronic lung diseases including chro

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  6. Household Hazards for People With COPD

    Smoking poses an enormous threat to the lungs of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) -- and no wonder. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including 43 that are known to cause cancer. Outdoor air pollution is another significant threat. But those are not the only t

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  7. Study: Vitamin D Has No Clear Benefit for COPD Patients

    Jan 16, 2012 -- Much hope has been pinned on vitamin D to cure, prevent, or treat a host of diseases, including the lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). New research, however, may dash some of this enthusiasm for people with COPD, an umbrella name for chronic lung diseases, inc

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  8. Marijuana Smoking Not Linked to Chronic Breathing Problems

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- Woodstock generation, breathe easy. One of the largest and longest studies ever to look at the effect of marijuana smoking on lung health finds that pot smoking doesn’t appear to cause chronic breathing trouble. The study has followed more than 5,000 young adults in four cities for

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  9. Cystic Fibrosis Drug a Game Changer?

    Nov. 2, 2011 -- Hopes are high that a new treatment soon could improve and possibly extend the lives of patients with the inherited disease cystic fibrosis. In a study appearing in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers report that the experimental oral drug ivacaftor, formerly known as VX

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  10. Study: 1 in 4 People Likely to Develop COPD

    Sept. 8, 2011 -- About one in four adults age 35 and over can be expected to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests. The average woman in her mid-30s is more than three times as likely to develop the progressive and potentially deadly lung disorder as breast canc

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