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  1. Smog Level Down in Eastern U.S. Cities

    Sept. 27, 2007 -- Lung-threatening smog levels dropped 7% last year in the Eastern U.S., a new government report shows. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday that levels of smog, also known as ground-level ozone, continued a six-year declining trend since 2000. Overall, smog pollut

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  2. House Says Yes to Popcorn Lung Bill

    Sept. 26, 2007 -- The U.S. House of Representatives called for stricter new standards Wednesday to protect workers exposed to flavoring chemicals in popcorn plants. Lawmakers passed a bill forcing federal regulators to enact fast-track regulations that would increase health monitoring and protection

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  3. SARS Virus May Be Tough to Beat

    Sept. 13, 2007 -- New research shows that SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) may be a long-term challenge to the immune system. SARS, which is caused by a virus, was big news in 2003, when SARS was first reported in Asia. The 2003 SARS outbreak affected the Americas, Europe, and Asia, killing

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  4. Microwave Popcorn Linked to Lung Harm

    Sept. 5, 2007 -- Inhaled fumes from microwave popcorn may have caused a man's rare, deadly lung disease, a leading lung expert says. The expert is Cecile Rose, MD, MPH, head of the division of environmental and occupational health sciences at National Jewish Medical and Research Center and associate

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  5. Chemical Clue to 'Popcorn Workers Lung'

    Aug. 31, 2007 -- Scientists have new clues about the roots of a rare, life-threatening lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans in workers in the flavor industry. Bronchiolitis obliterans is a form of fixed obstructive lung disease, an irreversible condition which makes it difficult for air to f

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  6. COPD Rates May Rise as Population Ages

    Aug. 30, 2007 - The worldwide burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is far greater than has previously been recognized, and it will increase over the next few decades as the world population ages. As many as 10% of adults aged 40 and older across the globe are believed to have moder

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  7. Gender Makes a Difference for COPD

    Aug. 1, 2007 -- Women with advanced COPD have more shortness of breath and poorer quality of life than men with advanced COPD, a study shows. It is the first study to directly compare men and women with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) characterized by emphysema. Researchers found that d

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  8. Laser Printers Emit Indoor Pollution

    Aug. 1, 2007 -- Some home and office laser printers emit possibly harmful amounts of small-particle air pollution, Australian researchers find. One of the printers gave off as much small-particle pollution as a burning cigarette, find Lidia Morawska, PhD, director of the International Laboratory for

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  9. Smoking Pot May Damage Lungs

    July 31, 2007 -- Smoking pot regularly may, over time, damage the lungs, a New Zealand study shows. The researchers included Richard Beasley, MBChB, of the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand in Wellington. They studied 339 New Zealand adults, including 75 people who only smoked pot, 91 who sm

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  10. Air Pollution May Increase Death Rate

    July 31, 2007 -- The long-term effects of air pollution may include a higher death rate, a new British study shows. The study traces death rates among various British electoral wards from the early 1980s through the late 1990s. When the study began, more than 2 million people lived in those areas. A

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