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  1. Air Fresheners Linked to Lung Damage

    July 27, 2006 -- A chemical found in air fresheners, toilet deodorizers, and mothballs -- and in the blood of 96% of Americans -- may harm the lungs. The finding comes from a National Institutes of Health study that measured lung function and blood levels of 11 household chemicals in 953 U.S. adults

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  2. Top 10 Causes of Death Worldwide

    May 25, 2006 -- The world's leading causes of death in 2001 were heart disease and stroke, according to a new study on global health. Researcher Alan Lopez, PhD, and colleagues combed through thousands of data sources from all over the globe on 136 diseases and injuries in 2001. Lopez works in Brisb

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  3. COPD May Hit Women Harder Than Men

    May 22, 2006 -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appears to be harsher for women than for men, new research shows. COPD is the No. 4 cause of death for U.S. adults. COPD is a group of diseases -- including emphysema and chronic bronchitis -- in which airflow is blocked and people have tr

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  4. Pneumococcal Vaccine: Ripple Effect

    April 11, 2006 -- The new pneumococcal vaccine works -- even for kids too young to take it. The finding is good news for parents of children under 2 months of age. They're too young for the vaccine -- but not too young to get very sick from pneumococcal infection. Invasive pneumococcal infections in

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  5. Vaccine Cuts Pneumococcal Disease

    April 5, 2006 -- A vaccine launched in 2000 has cut U.S. cases of invasive pneumococcal disease. Invasive pneumococcal disease includes pneumonia and meningitis. The vaccine is among those routinely given to children. It targets seven strains of invasive pneumococci bacteria; five of those strains r

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  6. Infection Ups DVT, Pulmonary Embolism

    March 30, 2006 -- Acute infections may make two blood clotting conditions -- deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism -- more likely. Researchers report the news in The Lancet. They reviewed the medical records from a large British database. The study shows that while DVT and pulmonary embo

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  7. Lung Transplant Survival Improving

    March 15, 2006 - Good news for lung transplant patients. The odds of survival for this risky surgery are getting better. A report in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine details the improvement. The report shows that nearly 56% of people who got lung transplants in 1988-199

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  8. CDC Confirms Inhalation Anthrax Case

    Feb. 22, 2006 -- Federal health officials have confirmed that anthrax bacteria caused the respiratory illness of a 44-year-old New York man. CDC scientists said bacteria isolated from the man, who is listed in fair condition in a Pennsylvania hospital, is Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium that cause

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  9. Fish Oil May Treat Lung Disease

    Dec. 12, 2005 -- New research from Japan shows that eating foods like salmon, herring, walnuts, and flaxseed oil could help treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Those foods contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are scarce in the typical American diet. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been s

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  10. Pneumonia Hospitalizes More Seniors

    Dec. 7, 2005 -- The number of U.S. senior citizens hospitalized for pneumonia has risen, health officials report. Their core findings: People age 85 and older had the most deaths and hospitalizations from pneumonia. Pneumonia hospitalizations rose 20% for people aged 65-84 from 1988-1990 to 2000-200

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