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  1. Extreme Weather Affects Indoor Air Quality

    June 9, 2011 -- Heat waves, floods, and other extreme weather may affect indoor air quality and increase the risk of health problems, according to a new report issued by the Institute of Medicine. “We spend 90% of our time indoors, and climate change and how we adapt and respond to it will have an i

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  2. Inhaled Drugs for COPD Linked to Urinary Problem

    May 23, 2011 -- Men who take certain kinds of inhaled medications to treat chronic lung disease are more likely to experience a medical emergency called acute urinary retention than those who don't take the drugs, a new study shows. Acute urinary retention is feeling the pressure, pain, and urgency

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  3. Vitamin D May Improve Breathing for COPD Patients

    May 16, 2011 -- A small study that tested vitamin D against a placebo in patients with chronic lung disease found that those getting the vitamin D could breathe better and exercise more than those on the dummy pills. The 50 study participants were patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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  4. Wii Fit Exercises May Help COPD Patients

    May 16, 2011 -- People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may benefit from exercising at home with Nintendo’s Wii Fit video game, a new study finds. The video game may make working out more enjoyable and thus encourage the type of physical activities that help people with breathing pr

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  5. Walking Speed May Indicate Severity of COPD

    May 16, 2011 -- A drop in walking speed may signal a decline in health for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study shows. Doctors typically use the six-minute walk test as a simple, inexpensive way to see if a heart or lung disease patient has improved on a given ther

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  6. Worst U.S. Air: Bakersfield, Calif.; Best: Honolulu, Santa Fe

    April 27, 2011 -- Bakersfield, Calif., has wrested the "dirtiest U.S. air" title from Los Angeles, the American Lung Association (ALA) finds in its annual ranking of U.S. areas with the most and least air pollution. The ALA ranks cities on three separate lists: most bouts of short-term particle poll

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  7. Hands-Free Faucets Not Germ-Free, Study Finds

    March 31, 2011 -- Electronic faucets may be touch-free, but they are far from germ-free. In a new study, researchers at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine report finding higher levels of disease-carrying bacteria on hands-free faucets compared to conventional, manually operated faucets. Their disc

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  8. Study: Spiriva Beats Serevent for COPD Flare-ups

    March 23, 2011 -- Once-daily Spiriva (tiotropium) may be more effective at reducing risk for exacerbations among people with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than Serevent (salmeterol), a new study shows. The findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicin

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  9. EPA Proposes New Mercury Air Pollution Rules

    March 16, 2011 -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed the first national standards for mercury and other toxins emitted by power plants, which are some of the biggest air polluters in the nation. A broad coalition of environmental groups, health agencies, and doctors hailed the

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  10. New Technique May Help Diagnose Asthma, COPD

    March 11, 2011 -- Researchers in Australia have identified four molecular characteristics, or biomarkers, of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which they say could lead to better ways to diagnose the respiratory conditions. The biomarkers were discovered using a relatively new

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