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  1. Pollution Retards Lung Development in Kids

    Sept. 8, 2004 -- Children who live in areas with the poorest air quality are five times as likely to have lung development problems as those breathing cleaner air, according to findings from the largest and longest study ever published on the effect of air pollution on the health of kids and adolesc

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  2. Smoking Worse Than Exhaust for Air Pollution

    Aug. 23, 2004 -- Three cigarettes can cause more air pollution than a diesel car's exhaust, according to an Italian study. The study compared levels of air pollution particles produced by cigarettes with those coming from a late-model "eco-diesel" engine. The research team was led by Giovanni Invern

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  3. Tuberculosis Linked to Arthritis Drugs

    Aug. 5, 2004 -- Several cases of tuberculosis (TB) have been linked to drugs commonly prescribed for arthritis, the CDC reports.   Doctors who prescribe potent immune-suppressing drugs for their rheumatoid arthritis patients should screen them for TB exposure and infection before prescribing these d

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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