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Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis Shows Some Promise in Study

July 2, 2015

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis has for the first time shown slight but significant benefit on lung function, new British research reveals.
In a randomized trial, patients inhaled molecules of DNA that aimed to replace the defective gene responsible for cystic fibrosis with a healthy, working copy of the […]

Millions of Smokers May Have Undiagnosed Lung Disease

June 22, 2015

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Millions of long-term smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease, a new study finds.
Fifty-five percent of those who pass lung function tests still have a respiratory impairment, researchers report.
But, using advanced imaging techniques along with walking and quality-of-life tests can reveal early signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). […]

Many Parents Who Smoke Expose Kids to Fumes at Home

June 18, 2015

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In nearly 40 percent of U.S. homes with parents who smoke, those parents don’t have smoke-free rules in place for their kids, a new study finds.
Having a smoke-free home — where all smoking is done outside — shields children from exposure to secondhand smoke and also cuts […]

Aerobic Exercise Can Help Curb Asthma, Study Shows

June 11, 2015

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Workouts that really get the heart pumping may help ease asthma in people with the respiratory condition, a new Brazilian study finds.
Researchers led by Celso Carvalho of the University of Sao Paolo School of Medicine looked at outcomes for 43 people, aged 20 to 59, with moderate to […]

Soy Supplements Won’t Ease Asthma, Study Finds

May 26, 2015

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Despite hints from prior research that soy supplements might help asthma patients breathe easier, a major new study finds the nutrient has no beneficial effect on lung function.
“This study highlights why it is so important to perform well-designed, placebo-controlled studies when associations are reported between specific nutrients […]

That Lingering Cough Could Be Bronchitis

May 21, 2015

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If you have a cold that lasts a long time or a persistent cough, you could have bronchitis and should see a doctor, a doctor says.
“We see a lot of cases of bronchitis at our immediate care centers,” said Dr. Khalilah Babino, an assistant professor of family Medicine […]

Breath-Holding Games Are Killing Swimmers, CDC Warns

May 21, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As more adults and kids head to swimming pools, lakes and the ocean this Memorial Day weekend, U.S. health officials are warning about accidental drownings from underwater breath-holding games and exercises.
Whether as horseplay or part of swim training, “dangerous underwater breath-holding behaviors” can lead to […]

Rural Poor Bear Higher Burden of COPD, Study Finds

May 19, 2015

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Being poor and living in a rural area are two risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds.
COPD is a progressive and incurable lung condition that involves a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is often linked to smoking, and is the third […]

Smoking Makes a Comeback in Georgia Bars, Restaurants

May 14, 2015

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While the days of smoke-filled bars and restaurants made be a fading memory in many states, the number of venues where patrons can legally puff away are actually on the rise in Georgia, a new report finds.
Under current laws, restaurants and bars in Georgia can allow smoking if […]

Local Anesthesia May Be Best for Infants During Surgery

May 14, 2015

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests infants may recover better after some kinds of surgery if they receive local anesthesia — which only numbs part of the body — instead of being “knocked out” completely with general anesthesia.
Young patients who had local anesthesia were less likely to suffer from disrupted breathing […]


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