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  1. Asbestos Deaths Up

    July 22, 2004 -- Asbestos-related deaths have increased fourfold in the past three decades, according to a new CDC report. There are no early symptoms of asbestosis or other lung diseases, known medically as pneumoconiosis. But in advanced stages, they can cause disability and premature death since

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  2. Asthma May Raise Risk of COPD, Emphysema

    July 12, 2004 -- Adults with asthma may face dramatically higher risks of developing potentially deadly lung diseases later in life, according to a new study. Researchers found asthmatic people were 12 times more likely to be diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than people wi

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  3. Early Tests Show SARS Vaccine May Be Possible

    June 24, 2004 -- Two new experimental treatments may eventually be able to help protect humans from the threat of severe acute respiratory syndrome. Researchers say initial animal tests show that it may be possible to immunize humans against the potentially deadly SARS virus using a SARS vaccine or

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  4. SARS Virus Found in Tears

    June 21, 2004 -- The highly contagious SARS virus has been found in human tears, a new study shows. This means that the infection may spread through contact with tears -- and that tear analysis could help with diagnosing the infection, researchers say. Last year, SARS -- or severe acute respiratory

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  5. Air Pollution Ups Heart Disease Risk, Deaths

    June 1, 2004 -- Air pollution increases the risk of heart disease, fatal heart attack, and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). For people at high risk, a heart attack could occur just a few hours after exposure, according to an expert panel. The researchers' scientific statement, published by the

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  6. Air Pollution May Be Worse on Obese Kids

    May 24, 2004 (Orlando, Fla.) - As the number of children defined as overweight and obese continues to rise, researchers say new studies now show that obese children are more susceptible to lung damage from air pollution than lean youngsters. "Given the epidemic of obesity in children, it might be we

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  7. Inherited Mutations Linked to Air Pollution

    May 13, 2004 -- Air pollution is bad for your health -- and may affect the health of future generations, mouse studies suggest. While genetic effects on humans have yet to be proved, the findings sound like a real-life X-Men episode. James S. Quinn, PhD, and colleagues previously found that sea gull

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  8. China Reports SARS Death Caused by Lab Leak

    April 23, 2004 -- Chinese health officials have confirmed four suspected cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), including one death, which appear to have been caused by a safety breach at a laboratory studying the SARS virus. It's the first SARS death reported since the World Health Orga

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  9. Report: SARS Can Spread Through Air

    April 21, 2004 -- Contaminated air can spread deadly cases of SARS, a new report suggests. Public health measures -- some of them drastic -- ended the 2003 SARS outbreak. The world came close to a public health disaster. If airborne virus particles can indeed spread SARS, we may have been even close

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  10. In-Car Air Pollution May Raise Health Risks

    April 12, 2004 -- Spending a lot of time in your car may put your heart's health at risk. A new study shows that prolonged exposure to dirty air inside vehicles could trigger potentially dangerous changes in heart function. Prior studies have shown that exposure to fine airborne particulate matter i

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