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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 [...]


Annual COPD Costs To Hit $49 Billion by 2020: CDC

July 30, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Medical costs for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the United States are more than $32 billion each year, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The yearly financial toll of COPD (which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis) is expected to reach an [...]


Don’t Let Kids Drink Pool Water

July 26, 2014

SATURDAY, July 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Pools can provide much-needed relief from the summer heat, but kids can make themselves sick if they swallow too much chlorinated water, experts warn.
Amid the splashing and excitement, it’s common for little ones to get water in their mouth. Some kids may even take a drink from a [...]


MERS Virus Found in Air in Camel Barn

July 22, 2014

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Genetic fragments of the deadly MERS virus were detected in the air of a barn where an infected camel was kept, a new study says.
The findings show the need for further studies to determine if Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) can be transmitted through the air, the researchers [...]


Many Young Adults Misinformed About Hookahs’ Harms

July 19, 2014

SATURDAY, July 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many young adults don’t realize that using hookahs can harm their health, a new study reveals.
Hookah smoking can be just as dangerous as cigarettes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, this study found that many young adults believe the water pipes are a [...]


Obesity May Raise Risk of COPD

July 7, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obese people, particularly those with excess belly fat, may face a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study suggests.
The researchers report that women with a waist size of roughly 43 inches or more and men with waist size of 46 [...]


Moustaches, Home Oxygen Tanks Can Be Dangerous Match

June 26, 2014

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Facial hair increases the risk of burns for people who use home oxygen therapy, a new study warns.
Researchers compared a mannequin with a mustache made from human hair and a mannequin without facial hair. They drilled nostrils in the mannequins and inserted nasal tubes that were connected to [...]


Smog Controls Tied to Fewer Lung Disease Deaths in North Carolina

June 23, 2014

Lung disease-related deaths fell after stricter national and state air pollution limits took effect in North Carolina in the early 1990s, a new study finds.


MERS Virus Did Not Spread in 2 U.S. Cases: Health Officials

June 17, 2014

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The potentially deadly MERS virus did not spread from two patients in the United States to any people in their homes or to health care workers who treated them, federal health officials said Tuesday.
The cases of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in Indiana and in Florida involved patients [...]


Scientists Spot New Clues to a Deadly Lung Disease

June 11, 2014

WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists believe they’ve found a key biological player in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a uniformly fatal lung disease that kills thousands of Americans each year.
The finding may be another step forward for patients who have typically had a bleak prognosis. Last month, studies revealed that two [...]



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