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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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