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  1. Long-Term Antibiotic May Reduce COPD Problems

    Aug. 23, 2011 -- A common antibiotic, taken for a year, reduced the number of flare-ups in patients with the lung disease known as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), according to new research. ''In patients with COPD at high risk for flare-ups, the addition of daily azithromycin for one y

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  2. Respiratory Disorder Seen in Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

    July 22, 2011 -- Breathing problems in some soldiers returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan may be signs of a respiratory disorder rarely seen in healthy young adults, a study shows. The research suggests that exposure to unknown toxins in the Middle East may be behind unexplained breathing pro

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  3. Sitting for Long Time Linked to Pulmonary Embolism

    July 5, 2011 -- Maybe the couch should come with a warning label. A flurry of recent research has shown that excessive sitting increases the odds of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, some kinds of cancer, and even premature death. Now a new study is adding another health risk to that list: pulmonary

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  4. COPD Prevalence Stable, but Death Rate Declines in Men

    June 29, 2011 -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remains a significant killer, according to a CDC report released today. The report, which tracks COPD statistics from 1998 until 2009, states that although the overall prevalence rate of the disease has not changed significantly, the deat

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  5. 11 Breathing Tips for People With COPD

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, affects more than 12 million American adults. The term COPD includes two types of lung conditions: emphysema and bronchitis. Many people diagnosed with COPD have both emphysema and bronchitis. Together, the two reduce the amount of oxygen exchange in t

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  6. Extreme Weather Affects Indoor Air Quality

    June 9, 2011 -- Heat waves, floods, and other extreme weather may affect indoor air quality and increase the risk of health problems, according to a new report issued by the Institute of Medicine. “We spend 90% of our time indoors, and climate change and how we adapt and respond to it will have an i

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  7. Inhaled Drugs for COPD Linked to Urinary Problem

    May 23, 2011 -- Men who take certain kinds of inhaled medications to treat chronic lung disease are more likely to experience a medical emergency called acute urinary retention than those who don't take the drugs, a new study shows. Acute urinary retention is feeling the pressure, pain, and urgency

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  8. Wii Fit Exercises May Help COPD Patients

    May 16, 2011 -- People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may benefit from exercising at home with Nintendo’s Wii Fit video game, a new study finds. The video game may make working out more enjoyable and thus encourage the type of physical activities that help people with breathing pr

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  9. Walking Speed May Indicate Severity of COPD

    May 16, 2011 -- A drop in walking speed may signal a decline in health for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study shows. Doctors typically use the six-minute walk test as a simple, inexpensive way to see if a heart or lung disease patient has improved on a given ther

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  10. Vitamin D May Improve Breathing for COPD Patients

    May 16, 2011 -- A small study that tested vitamin D against a placebo in patients with chronic lung disease found that those getting the vitamin D could breathe better and exercise more than those on the dummy pills. The 50 study participants were patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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