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Impotence Drug May Help Fight Rare Lung Disease: Study

September 1, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A combination treatment that includes the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis may reduce death and hospitalization from an incurable lung disease that mainly affects women, a new clinical trial shows.
When combined with a blood pressure medication called ambrisentan (Letairis), a high dosage […]


Impotence Drug Aids Treatment of Rare Lung Disease: Study

August 26, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A combination treatment using the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis may greatly reduce death and hospitalization from an incurable lung disease that mainly affects women, a new clinical trial shows.
Cialis combined with a blood pressure medication called ambrisentan (Letairis) significantly reduced the progression of pulmonary arterial […]


No Evidence to Support Widespread Screening for COPD: Experts

August 17, 2015

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — a serious disease that impairs breathing — is the third leading cause of death in the United States. But an influential government panel says there’s as yet no evidence to support screening for COPD in adults with no symptoms.
In a draft […]


Poorly Maintained Plumbing Often Leads to Legionnaires’ Disease, CDC Says

August 13, 2015

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As New York City struggles to contain an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, two new U.S. government reports show the bacteria that causes the potentially deadly illness can take root in a myriad of water sources.
Those sources can include poorly maintained hot tubs, water fountains and cooling towers, […]


Vaccine Combo Shows Promise Against Common, Dangerous Infection

August 12, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers report they are closer to finding a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common illness that few recognize by name but one that’s a major cause of lower respiratory infection in babies and the elderly.
Two new studies of the same vaccine […]


NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak May Be Slowing

August 7, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The ongoing outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City is showing signs of slowing, city health chief Dr. Mary Bassett said Friday.
In a statement, the head of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said that there have been no […]


Online Program Boosts Hand Washing, Cuts Infections

August 6, 2015

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An online program that encourages people to wash their hands reduced the spread of cold and flu viruses within families, a new study says.
The program also led to fewer gastrointestinal illnesses, doctor appointments and antibiotic prescriptions, according to the findings published online Aug. 6 in The Lancet.
“A simple, […]


Legionnaire’s Disease Most Deadly for Frail, Elderly, Experts Say

August 6, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As New York City health officials work to contain an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, health experts note that the elderly, smokers and those with respiratory conditions are most vulnerable to the potentially deadly bacteria.
So far, 97 people have been infected and eight have died […]


Smog Threatens Visitors to U.S. National Parks: Report

July 31, 2015

FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Air pollution afflicts many national parks across the United States, a new study suggests.
Air quality in some of the parks is as bad or worse than in some major cities because of pollution from sources such as coal-fired power stations, the National Parks Conservation Association says in a […]


New Gene Test Speeds Diagnosis of Stomach Bug That Strikes Kids

July 24, 2015

FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers have developed a genetic test to quickly detect a respiratory virus that sickened a record number of American children last year.
More than 1,000 confirmed cases and 14 reported deaths nationwide were reported in the outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]



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