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  1. Inhaled Steroids May Help Lung Disease

    Aug. 15, 2005 -- New evidence supports the use of inhaled steroids by people with chronic lung disease. Doctors disagree over whether regular use of inhaled steroids helps the conditions collectively known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphyse

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  2. Drug May Ease Progressive Lung Disease

    Aug. 12, 2005 -- A drug available in Europe called roflumilast helps ease symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers report in The Lancet. COPD is an inflammatory airway disease with progressive decline in lung function and health-related quality of life. In an internation

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  3. Do Popcorn Workers Face Lung Disease Risk?

    Aug. 8, 2005 -- Workers at popcorn production plants may be exposed to vapors that may cause lung disease, according to a study. Researchers, whose study appears in the August issue of Chest, say severe airway obstruction and irreversible damage to the lungs has been reported in microwave popcorn pr

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  4. Viagra Ingredient OK'd for Lung Problem

    June 8, 2005 -- The FDA has approved Viagra's active ingredient to treat pulmonary hypertension, a rare, life-shortening lung disorder that causes high blood pressure in the lungs. Viagra's maker, Pfizer, a WebMD sponsor, announced the approval in a news release. Pfizer will repackage Viagra's key i

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  5. Whooping Cough Shot Targets Youths, Adults

    June 2, 2005 -- A new booster shot for whooping cough (pertussis), diphtheria, and tetanus appears to work in adolescents and adults, and it's as safe as older versions. The new shot, called Adacel, is not yet on the market. In early May, the FDA approved a similar combination booster shot, called B

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  6. Bacteria in Hot Tub May Hurt Lungs

    May 24, 2005 (San Diego) -- Patients who suffer from cough and breathlessness may be victims of what doctors call hot tub lung, Minnesota researchers report at the American Thoracic Society international meeting. "Doctors often don't think to ask their patients if they have been using a hot tub," sa

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  7. Pope Has Surgery to Help Him Breathe

    Feb. 24, 2005 -- Pope John Paul II has undergone surgery – called a tracheostomy -- to help him breathe easier, the Vatican reports. It's unclear exactly why the Pope needed this procedure. However, he was admitted to the hospital in early February with airway spasms arising from flu complications.

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  8. New Tuberculosis Vaccine May Stop Disease

    Feb. 3, 2005 -- A new vaccine that uses gene therapy to boost the body's defenses against tuberculosis may help completely eliminate the bacteria from the body and prevent the disease from coming back. Researchers say current medications cannot completely rid the body of the bacteria that cause tube

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  9. Air Pollution Tied to Heart Disease, Stroke

    Nov. 8, 2004 (New Orleans) -- Air pollution may raise your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to researchers from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The air pollution finding is based on data from two clinical trials with a total of almost 800 adults in the Los Angeles ar

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  10. Tuberculosis Drug May Help Fear of Heights

    Nov. 8, 2004 -- A drug used to treat tuberculosis may help people overcome their fear of heights and other phobias. Researchers found adding the drug to behavioral therapy using virtual reality helped people with a fear of heights (acrophobia) overcome their phobia and anxiety faster and more effect

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