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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Serena Williams' Pulmonary Embolism, Hematoma: FAQ

    March 2, 2011 -- Tennis star Serena Williams is recovering from a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma resulting from her treatment, according to media reports. What is a pulmonary embolism? How can something so scary happen to a world-class athlete? Do people fully recover from a pulmonary embolism? T

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  7. FDA Approves New Drug to Treat COPD

    March 1, 2011 -- The FDA has approved a new treatment for people with worsening symptoms of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disorder that makes breathing difficult. The drug, roflumilast -- carrying the trade name Daliresp -- will be sold in pill form, unlike some other m

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  8. COPD Patients May Have Risk of Shingles

    Feb. 24, 2011 -- People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be at increased risk for developing shingles, a new study shows. Shingles occurs when the varicella zoster virus, which causes chickenpox, is reactivated. COPD is the umbrella term for a group of progressive, debilitating

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  9. New Cystic Fibrosis Drug Improves Lung Function

    Dec. 21, 2010 -- An experimental cystic fibrosis drug appears to delay the progression of the chronic disease in children who have normal to mildly impaired lung function, according to a new study. ''These findings are encouraging," researcher Frank Accurso, MD, professor of pediatrics at the Univer

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  10. Frequent Flare-Ups a Worse COPD Type?

    Sept. 15, 2010 - Frequent COPD flare-ups -- even in people with relatively mild disease -- may signal a worse form of the disease. COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It's a very serious, life-threatening condition that makes it difficult for a person to breathe. The disease tends

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