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TB Cases Falling for Foreign-Born People in U.S.

February 10, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Tuberculosis cases among foreign-born people in the United States fell by one-fifth in recent years, and the reasons for the decline depend on people’s country of origin, a new study suggests.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection affecting the lungs and sometimes other organs. Overall, TB cases in the […]


Smog Is Bad, and It Can Hurt Your Health for Decades

February 10, 2016

Air pollution can increase the risk of premature death, even decades later.


Study Ties School Calendar to Asthma Flare-Ups

February 8, 2016

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Greater exposure to cold viruses may help explain why children with asthma tend to suffer their worst symptoms when their school reopens after a break, a new study suggests.
“The school calendar predicts common cold transmission, and the common cold predicts asthma exacerbations,” said senior author Lauren Meyers, a […]


Legionnaires’ Disease Can Transmit Person-to-Person, Case Suggests

February 3, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Legionnaires’ disease — the respiratory illness that plagued New York City in an outbreak last summer — is typically thought to develop when people breathe in contaminated mist or water droplets.
However, a case that occurred in the fall of 2014 in Portugal suggests that the often deadly bacterial […]


Study Casts Doubt on Effectiveness of COPD Drug

February 2, 2016

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A widely used drug may not significantly reduce the amount of time that patients with the lung condition COPD require mechanical help to breathe, a new study suggests.
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) — which is often related to smoking — includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis or a combination of […]


Chemical That Can Irritate Lungs Found in Flavored E-Cigarettes

January 29, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People using flavored e-cigarettes, particularly ones that taste like cherry, are likely inhaling a chemical that can irritate their airways, a new study suggests.
“It might be the case that if the user of an electronic cigarette experiences some side effects, like coughing, it might be […]


Suicide, Drugs Only Partly to Blame for Rising Deaths of Middle-Aged U.S. Whites

January 29, 2016

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Death rates among middle-aged white Americans were higher than expected in 2014, likely because progress against common killers such as diabetes and heart disease has halted, a new study contends.
Substance abuse and suicide rates among white adults ages 45 to 54 have risen, but not enough to explain […]


Higher Fiber Intake May Improve Lung Function

January 28, 2016

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Eating a fiber-rich diet may help protect you against lung disease, a new study suggests.
“Lung disease is an important public health problem, so it’s important to identify modifiable risk factors for prevention,” study author Corrine Hanson, an associate professor of medical nutrition at the University of Nebraska […]


Long-Term Smog Exposure May Boost Heart, Lung Disease Deaths

January 25, 2016

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Long-term exposure to ozone air pollution — commonly known as smog — may increase the risk of death from heart and lung diseases, a new study indicates.
Researchers reviewed data from a U.S. study that began in 1982 and found that for every additional 10 parts per billion (ppb) […]


Cystic Fibrosis Drug Seems OK for Preschoolers: Study

January 25, 2016

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The cystic fibrosis drug ivacaftor appears safe and effective for young children, a drug company-funded study suggests.
“This was a small trial, but we are thrilled to see these results,” said study leader Jane Davies, from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London in England. “Ivacaftor […]




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