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Could Blowing Your Horn Cut Your Odds for Sleep Apnea?

April 24, 2015

FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Playing a wind instrument may reduce your risk of sleep apnea, a new study suggests.
Researchers in India tested the lung function of 64 people who played a wind instrument and 65 others who didn’t.
Even though there was no difference in the two groups’ lung function tests, the people […]

More Evidence of Long-Term Illness in 9/11 Responders

April 16, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers who came to the rescue at the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, have some of the same chronic health problems that their colleagues in the police and fire departments do, a new study finds.
When […]

Work-Related Asthma Affects Millions of U.S. Adults: CDC

April 9, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Wheezing and coughing on the job from work-related asthma is more common than you might think, according to a new U.S. health report.
Almost 16 percent of American adults with asthma either developed the condition on the job or have asthma symptoms made worse by conditions […]

Could Household Bleach Raise Kids’ Risk for Flu, Other Infections?

April 2, 2015

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A ubiquitous cleaning agent in most American homes — bleach — might increase children’s risk for flu, tonsillitis and other infections, a European study suggests.
The effect was modest and the study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect. However, the researchers said that because millions of homes use bleach or products […]

Home Oxygen Raises Burn Risk for COPD Patients

April 2, 2015

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Use of home oxygen puts patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at risk for burns, a new study indicates.
Oxygen therapy is a common treatment for people with the lung disease. But there is a burn risk for patients who smoke, because having a heat or flame source […]

COPD Takes Big Toll on Employment, Mobility in U.S.

March 26, 2015

THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The respiratory illness known as COPD takes a toll on mobility and employment, with a new report finding that nearly one-quarter of Americans with the condition are unable to work.
People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder — a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema often tied to smoking — […]

Pneumonia in Early Childhood Tied to Higher Odds of Asthma

March 6, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children who contract pneumonia during the first three years of life appear to face a higher risk of developing asthma, new research suggests.
These findings raise concern that early childhood respiratory problems may have an enduring and negative impact on growing lungs.
“This supports the idea that […]

Decrease in Air Pollution Tied to Healthier Lungs in Children

March 4, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children in southern California may be breathing easier these days compared with the 1990s, thanks to a big reduction in air pollution, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that as air quality improved in five Los Angeles-area communities over two decades, so did children’s lung development.
Experts […]

Common Class of Drugs May Be Linked to Pneumonia Risk

March 3, 2015

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Drugs used to treat a wide range of health problems may be associated with an increased risk of pneumonia, a new study suggests.
Anticholinergic medications include those used for conditions such as allergies (for example, Benadryl), overactive bladder (including Ditropan), depression (for example, doxepin) and insomnia (Sominex, etc.).
“Our […]

Viruses Increasingly Behind Child Pneumonia Cases

February 25, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Young children are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill with pneumonia — but unlike in years past, the cause is usually a respiratory virus, a large U.S. study finds.
The researchers found that 66 percent of pneumonia cases in the more than 2,000 children in […]


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