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Seals, Sea Lions Helped Global Spread of TB, Study Finds

August 21, 2014

New research reveals that, long ago, sea mammals may have played a role in the global spread of the infectious disease known as tuberculosis.

New Drug May Fight Serious Respiratory Virus in Infants

August 21, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An experimental drug shows promise in treating respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading cause of pneumonia in infants, researchers report.
“We are finally making major progress in being able to treat human RSV infections — the world’s second leading cause of serious viral pneumonia, second only [...]

Study Ties Colds, Flu to Rare Risk of Stroke in Kids

August 20, 2014

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although it’s extremely rare, colds, flu and other minor infections might trigger a strong but brief period of elevated risk for stroke in children, a new study suggests.
Just five out of 100,000 children a year have a stroke in the United States, said [...]

Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit

August 19, 2014

TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The weeks after a hospital discharge may be a great time to help smokers quit the habit, and one study suggests a particular program might help.
The program involved giving patients free quit-smoking drugs. It also included automated phone calls that helped them manage their medications, encouraged their efforts [...]

3 Common Respiratory Diseases Including Chronic Bronchities Tied to Lung Cancer Risk

August 15, 2014

Three common respiratory diseases seem to be associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers report.

Prisons That Bar Smoking May Boost Inmates’ Health: Study

August 6, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Prison smoking bans significantly reduce inmates’ risk of death from tobacco-related conditions such as cancer and heart disease, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed data from U.S. state prisons and found rates of smoking-related deaths among inmates were 9 percent lower in prisons with smoking bans, and 11 percent [...]

When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids

August 4, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — About one-third of children with viral infections severe enough to land them in the hospital end up with serious complications — such as pneumonia, seizures and brain swelling, a new study finds.
The study, reported online on Aug. 4 in Pediatrics, followed kids who had to [...]

Food Is a Common Choking Hazard for Kids, Doctor Says

August 1, 2014

FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although many parents worry about their children choking on small objects or toys, many overlook a common choking hazard: food.
Such was the case for 15-month-old Landon Jones who started to wheeze and cough after eating a handful of nuts.
“At the time, Landon had a cold so it was [...]

FDA Approves New Treatment for People With COPD

August 1, 2014

FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Patients with the progressive, deadly respiratory ailment known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a new weapon to battle the disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
The agency approved a new treatment, an inhaled spray called Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) for COPD, the third leading [...]

Even Thinking an Odor is Harmful May Spur Asthma Symptoms

July 30, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For patients with asthma, just believing an odor is potentially harmful is enough to trigger airway inflammation for at least 24 hours, a new study indicates.
“It’s not just what you smell, but also what you think you smell,” study author Cristina Jaen, a physiologist at Monell Chemical Senses [...]


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