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  1. Marijuana Smoking Not Linked to Chronic Breathing Problems

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- Woodstock generation, breathe easy. One of the largest and longest studies ever to look at the effect of marijuana smoking on lung health finds that pot smoking doesn’t appear to cause chronic breathing trouble. The study has followed more than 5,000 young adults in four cities for

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  2. Cystic Fibrosis Drug a Game Changer?

    Nov. 2, 2011 -- Hopes are high that a new treatment soon could improve and possibly extend the lives of patients with the inherited disease cystic fibrosis. In a study appearing in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers report that the experimental oral drug ivacaftor, formerly known as VX

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  3. Study: 1 in 4 People Likely to Develop COPD

    Sept. 8, 2011 -- About one in four adults age 35 and over can be expected to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests. The average woman in her mid-30s is more than three times as likely to develop the progressive and potentially deadly lung disorder as breast canc

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  4. Long-Term Antibiotic May Reduce COPD Problems

    Aug. 23, 2011 -- A common antibiotic, taken for a year, reduced the number of flare-ups in patients with the lung disease known as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), according to new research. ''In patients with COPD at high risk for flare-ups, the addition of daily azithromycin for one y

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  5. Respiratory Disorder Seen in Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

    July 22, 2011 -- Breathing problems in some soldiers returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan may be signs of a respiratory disorder rarely seen in healthy young adults, a study shows. The research suggests that exposure to unknown toxins in the Middle East may be behind unexplained breathing pro

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  6. Sitting for Long Time Linked to Pulmonary Embolism

    July 5, 2011 -- Maybe the couch should come with a warning label. A flurry of recent research has shown that excessive sitting increases the odds of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, some kinds of cancer, and even premature death. Now a new study is adding another health risk to that list: pulmonary

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  7. COPD Prevalence Stable, but Death Rate Declines in Men

    June 29, 2011 -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remains a significant killer, according to a CDC report released today. The report, which tracks COPD statistics from 1998 until 2009, states that although the overall prevalence rate of the disease has not changed significantly, the deat

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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