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  1. Scientists See Serious Health Risks in Gulf Oil Spill

    Aug. 16, 2010 -- The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico poses serious health risks for the people who are working to clean it up and others who venture into the coastal area, scientists say in a commentary in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Some components of oil called volatile organi

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  2. Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Are Indoor Risk

    Aug. 5, 2010 -- Concentrations of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) -- found in many everyday products and of concern due to potential health hazards -- are higher indoors than outdoors, according to a new study. But they are equally present, the researchers found, in an urban, low-income commun

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  3. COPD Patients May Be Overtreated With Steroids

    June 16, 2010 -- More than 90% of acutely ill people who are hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) receive high doses of IV steroids, even though lower-dose oral steroids may be just as effective, a study shows. The findings appear in the June 16 issue of The Journal of the A

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  4. Beta-Blockers May Help COPD Patients

    May 24, 2010 -- Beta-blocker medications, which are not commonly prescribed for patients with chronic lung disease, may actually be of benefit to them, according to a new study. The medications, prescribed for high blood pressure and cardiac disorders, may help lengthen survival and reduce respirato

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  5. Vitamin E May Lower Women's Lung Disease Risk

    May 17, 2010 -- Long-term, regular use of vitamin E supplements appears to reduce the risk of chronic obstructive lung disease or COPD in women, according to a new study. But men may not get the same benefit, according to another study. Both studies were presented this week at the American Thoracic

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  6. Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Could Affect Health

    April 30, 2010 -- The Deepwater Horizon incident occurred about 50 miles southeast of Venice, La., on April 22 after an explosion and fire damaged a Transocean oil rig, causing it to burn for hours and sink. There were approximately 700,000 gallons of fuel onboard before the fire, and exactly how mu

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  7. U.S. Cities With the Dirtiest Air

    April 28, 2010 -- Major metropolitan areas in California still have some of the dirtiest air in the nation, despite a decade-long effort to reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants, finds a new report by the American Lung Association. The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside area has the worst ozone

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  8. Airborne Fungus Expected to Spread in U.S.

    April 23, 2010 -- A potentially deadly airborne fungus, widely dubbed the killer fungus, has infected more than 50 people in the U.S., according to the CDC, and is expected to spread from the Pacific Northwest where it first surfaced. Even so, public health officials say, there is cause only for con

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  9. Health Woes Persist for 9/11 Rescue Workers

    April 7, 2010 -- Lung problems continue to plague rescue workers who were at the scene of the collapsed World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. That’s according to a new study appearing today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, which examined the effect of occupational exposures

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  10. Many Unaware They Have COPD

    April 6, 2010 -- As many as two in three people with known risk factors for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) don't know that they have the disease. A new study finds that about one in five heavy smokers over age 40 have findings of COPD, but only one-third have been previously diagnosed

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