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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 […]

Troops in Middle East May Be at Risk for Lung Problems

February 21, 2015

SATURDAY, Feb. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — U.S. soldiers serving in the Middle East and Afghanistan may be at risk for lung damage from exposure to dust there, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed the composition, mineral content, and bacteria, fungi and virus levels in dust samples collected from Iraq and Afghanistan, and they measured the […]

U.S. Smoking Deaths May Be Underestimated, Study Suggests

February 11, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking may be killing more people than even current estimates indicate, a new study suggests.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, about 480,000 Americans die of smoking-related causes each year, but that figure may be closer to 540,000, researchers from the American Cancer Society report.
While […]

E-Cigarettes Seem to Dampen Immune Response in Mice

February 4, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research with mice shows that electronic cigarette vapor weakens the immune system in the lungs and contains some of the same harmful chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are growing in popularity in the United States, partly because many people think they aren’t as dangerous as tobacco cigarettes, […]

Women Use More Oxygen for Breathing

February 4, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Muscles that control breathing require more oxygen in women than in men, a new study has found.
The findings could prove important in the treatment of lung disorders, the Canadian researchers said.
They tested men and women during exercise and discovered that the muscles needed for breathing — such as […]

Healthy Diet May Be Linked to Lower Risk of Lung Disease

February 3, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A healthy diet low in red meat and rich in whole grains might reduce the risk of developing the crippling chronic lung disease known as COPD, new research suggests.
Researchers tracked more than 120,000 men and women and found healthy eaters were one-third less likely […]

Workers May Be Afraid to Discuss Job-Related Asthma

February 3, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Only 15 percent of working adults with asthma discuss with their doctor how their jobs might affect their breathing, even though nearly half have asthma that is possibly work-related, a new study reveals.
The researchers also found that doctors often don’t bring up the topic with patients.
People may be […]

Little Improvement in Children Paralyzed After Viral Infection, Study Finds

January 29, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A cluster of 12 Colorado children are suffering muscle weakness and paralysis similar to that caused by polio, and doctors are concerned these cases could be linked to a nationwide outbreak of what’s usually a rare respiratory virus.
Despite treatment, 10 of the children first diagnosed […]


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