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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. First SARS Case of 2004: Now What?

    Jan. 7, 2004 -- News of the first confirmed case of severe acute respiratory disease in China has prompted drastic actions by Chinese officials, including the extermination of thousands of wild animals thought to carry the virus. But CDC officials say one isolated case of SARS is not yet cause for c

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  7. Possible SARS Treatment?

    Dec. 23, 2003 -- Interferon may have saved lives during last winter's SARS outbreak, researchers say. Carried by airplane passengers, the deadly disease rapidly spread from Asia to North America. Before intensive public-health measures snuffed out the epidemic, SARS killed 774 people. The illness ba

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  8. SARS Virus May Spread Easily on Flights

    Dec. 17, 2003 -- The SARS virus spread rapidly around the world, mostly carried by infected travelers. On planes, fellow passengers might easily catch the infection, too. A study published in this week's New England Journal of Medicine looked at the risk of transmission on board flights that carried

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  9. Smokers Up Others' Lung Cancer Risk

    Dec. 10, 2003 -- Even if you've never picked up a cigarette, secondhand smoke puts you at high risk for lung cancer -- up to 30% higher, a new study shows. It's more evidence that precisely pins down this somewhat difficult-to-determine health risk, writes Paul Brennan, PhD, with the International A

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  10. Possible SARS Vaccine Breakthrough

    Dec. 4, 2003 -- In what may prove to be an important step toward the development of a protective SARS vaccine, researchers have genetically altered a common cold virus that appears to trigger a SARS-fighting immune response in monkeys. Six weeks after getting vaccinated to this cold-causing virus --

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