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MERS Virus Found in Air in Camel Barn

July 22, 2014

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Genetic fragments of the deadly MERS virus were detected in the air of a barn where an infected camel was kept, a new study says.
The findings show the need for further studies to determine if Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) can be transmitted through the air, the researchers [...]

Many Young Adults Misinformed About Hookahs’ Harms

July 19, 2014

SATURDAY, July 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many young adults don’t realize that using hookahs can harm their health, a new study reveals.
Hookah smoking can be just as dangerous as cigarettes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, this study found that many young adults believe the water pipes are a [...]

Obesity May Raise Risk of COPD

July 7, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obese people, particularly those with excess belly fat, may face a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study suggests.
The researchers report that women with a waist size of roughly 43 inches or more and men with waist size of 46 [...]

Moustaches, Home Oxygen Tanks Can Be Dangerous Match

June 26, 2014

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Facial hair increases the risk of burns for people who use home oxygen therapy, a new study warns.
Researchers compared a mannequin with a mustache made from human hair and a mannequin without facial hair. They drilled nostrils in the mannequins and inserted nasal tubes that were connected to [...]

Smog Controls Tied to Fewer Lung Disease Deaths in North Carolina

June 23, 2014

Lung disease-related deaths fell after stricter national and state air pollution limits took effect in North Carolina in the early 1990s, a new study finds.

MERS Virus Did Not Spread in 2 U.S. Cases: Health Officials

June 17, 2014

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The potentially deadly MERS virus did not spread from two patients in the United States to any people in their homes or to health care workers who treated them, federal health officials said Tuesday.
The cases of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in Indiana and in Florida involved patients [...]

Scientists Spot New Clues to a Deadly Lung Disease

June 11, 2014

WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists believe they’ve found a key biological player in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a uniformly fatal lung disease that kills thousands of Americans each year.
The finding may be another step forward for patients who have typically had a bleak prognosis. Last month, studies revealed that two [...]

Yoga May Not Help Ease Asthma, Study Suggests

June 5, 2014

THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although yoga is believed to boost physical and mental health, it does not seem to help ease symptoms of asthma, a new study finds.
Even so, experts from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) noted that if it makes people with asthma feel better they should [...]

Camels Confirmed as Source of Human MERS Infection

June 4, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Saudi Arabian doctors say they’ve identified camels as one source of MERS infections in humans.
The scientists report they matched genetic samples from the virus that killed a Saudi man last November to virus samples present in one of nine camels that he owned.
They said the [...]

Taking Antipsychotic Drugs While Pregnant May Harm Newborns: Study

June 4, 2014

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although antipsychotic medications have not been shown to cause birth defects, new research suggests these drugs can have other harmful effects on babies.
Antipsychotic drugs are used to treat a range of mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder. An Australian study found that babies born to [...]


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