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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. SARS Vaccine Passes Crucial Test

    March 31, 2004 -- An experimental SARS vaccine works in mice and scientists hope it will also pass the test in humans. When SARS first emerged as a new and deadly human disease, rapid public health efforts avoided a major worldwide catastrophe. Most experts agree that if SARS comes back, we might no

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  8. Inhaled Steroids: More Evidence of Bone Loss

    March 26, 2004 -- There's new evidence that inhaled corticosteroids can increase the risk of bone fractures. A new study shows people with emphysema or chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) who took high doses of inhaled corticosteroids to treat their disease have more fractures. Corticosteroids a

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  9. Cleaning, Cavorting Raise Indoor Air Pollution

    March 11, 2004 -- Cleaning your house increases indoor air pollution. That doesn't sound right. But a new study by environmental engineer Andrea Ferro, PhD, and colleagues suggests that normal household tasks kick up dangerous dust particles. Ferro's team placed particle detectors in a Redwood, Cali

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  10. 1 in 9 Young Adults at Risk for COPD

    Jan. 28, 2004 -- As many as one in nine young adults living in industrialized countries is at risk for developing a deadly lung condition known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A new study shows that initial symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, such as persistent cough

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