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Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study

January 26, 2015

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Using morphine at home to treat pain in children after tonsil and/or adenoid removal may cause life-threatening respiratory problems, according to a new study.
“The evidence here clearly suggests children with obstructive sleep apnea should not be given morphine for postoperative pain. We already know that they should not […]

Gene-Based Spit Test Shows Promise in Lung Cancer Detection

January 15, 2015

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Medicare indicated recently that it might soon cover CT scans to check longtime smokers for early lung cancer, and these types of scans are becoming more common.
Now, an experimental test may help determine whether lung nodules detected by those scans are malignant or not, researchers say.
The test, which […]

Asthma Tied to Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea

January 13, 2015

TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Two troublesome adult breathing issues — asthma and sleep apnea — may have a connection, a new study suggests.
Adults who struggle with asthma face an increased risk for also developing the nighttime breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, the new research reveals.
The finding stems from the long-term […]

Study Suggests Link Between E-Cigarettes, Respiratory Infections

January 8, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Vapor from electronic cigarettes may increase young people’s risk of respiratory infections, whether or not it contains nicotine, a new laboratory study has found.
Lung tissue samples from deceased children appeared to suffer damage when exposed to e-cigarette vapor in the laboratory, researchers reported in a […]

Cancer Groups Urge More Regulation of E-Cigarettes

January 8, 2015

THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The potential health hazards of e-cigarettes remain unclear, and more regulation on their use is needed, say two groups representing cancer researchers and specialists.
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) together issued a list of recommendations on Thursday aimed at […]

Nearly Half of Older Adults With Asthma, COPD Still Smoke: CDC

January 7, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Close to half of U.S. adults over 40 who have trouble breathing due to asthma or COPD still continue to smoke, federal health officials reported Wednesday.
The findings highlight the difficulty facing many smokers trying to quit — even when smoking exacerbates an already distressing illness, one expert said.
However, […]

About 1 in 7 Older Adults Has Some Form of Lung Disease: CDC

January 6, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 15 percent, or about one out of seven, middle-aged and older U.S. adults suffer from lung disorders such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), health officials said Tuesday.
While 10 percent of those people experience mild breathing problems, more than one-third of them […]

FDA Shares Advice to Avoid Colds and Flu

January 2, 2015

FRIDAY, Jan. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Viral infections can happen at any time, but they’re more common during winter when people spend more time in close contact with others indoors.
Although most respiratory viruses clear up within a few days, some can lead to dangerous complications, particularly for smokers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies

December 20, 2014

SATURDAY, Dec. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers.
“The dust from the boxes and on the decorations that have been packed away in dank basements or dusty attics is triggering reactions in my allergy […]

Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk for Dementia

December 10, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older men who have breathing difficulties or spend less time in deep sleep may be at greater risk of brain changes that can precede dementia, a new study suggests.
Experts said the findings don’t prove that breathing disorders, including sleep apnea, lead to dementia. But they […]


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