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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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 dru

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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