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    1. Nation's Air Improving, Even in L.A.

      April 25, 2012 -- People who live in the nation's most polluted cities are breathing cleaner air than they have in over a decade, according to new data released today by the American Lung Association (ALA). The group's annual "State of the Air" report highlights successes in lowering pollution level

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    2. Cured Meats May Worsen COPD

      March 9, 2012 -- People with the lung disease COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) who overdo it on bacon, salami, and other cured meats may be at greater risk for experiencing a flare-up that lands them back in the hospital. COPD is the umbrella term for chronic lung diseases including chro

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    3. Study: Vitamin D Has No Clear Benefit for COPD Patients

      Jan 16, 2012 -- Much hope has been pinned on vitamin D to cure, prevent, or treat a host of diseases, including the lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). New research, however, may dash some of this enthusiasm for people with COPD, an umbrella name for chronic lung diseases, inc

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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