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Health Tip: Easing the Discomfort of Bronchitis

Posted 4 days ago by

-- Bronchitis is an inflammation of tissue that lines the bronchial tubes in the lungs. If you're stricken, there are things you can do to be more comfortable and help ease coughing. The Mayo Clinic suggests: Avoid things that irritate your lungs, including smoking. If you'll be around strong fumes or irritants, wear a mask to protect your lungs. Run a humidifier to help your cough and thin mucus. Keep the machine clean, following the manufacturer's instructions. If colder air bothers your cough, wear a face mask when you head outdoors. Read more

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VW Emissions Scandal May Cost 60 U.S. Lives, Study Claims

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – The Volkswagen emissions scandal will directly cause 60 premature deaths in the United States and hundreds of millions of dollars in health care expenses and other costs, U.S. researchers claim. The German automaker has admitted to using software to evade emissions standards in more than 482,000 diesel vehicles in the United States. According to the authors of the new study, this enabled VW cars to emit 40 times more pollution than permitted by the U.S. Clean Air Act. In their new analysis, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University took that excess pollution figure and multiplied it by the number of affected vehicles sold in the United States, to determine the public health consequences of VW's action. They calculated that about 60 Americans will die 10 to 20 years prematurely because of the emissions standards breach. ... Read more

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Health Tip: What's Polluting the Indoor Air?

Posted 22 Oct 2015 by

-- Indoor air pollution can trigger a host of breathing problems, especially for people with asthma and other respiratory issues. The American Lung Association says common sources of indoor air pollution include: Cigarette smoke. Mold or mildew. Improperly vented appliances, such as stoves or furnaces. Exhaust from cars, motorcycles or lawn mowers. Household chemicals. A recent paint job. Recent pesticide use. Trash left inside the home or attached garage. Read more

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'Green' Public Housing May Help Families Breathe Easier

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – Low-income families living in "green" public housing may have fewer problems with asthma and other respiratory conditions, a new study finds. Researchers found that children living in Boston's newer, greener public housing had fewer asthma attacks, hospital visits and missed school days, compared with their peers in standard public housing. Adults, meanwhile, were less likely to report symptoms consistent with a condition called "sick building syndrome" – which include dizziness, headaches, nausea and eye irritation. The research, reported in the American Journal of Public Health, did not find a cause-and-effect link that proves green housing improves people's respiratory health. But it makes sense that it would, said lead researcher Meryl Colton, who was at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston when the study was conducted. It's known that ... Read more

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Health Tip: Considering Cough Medicine?

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

-- Cough medicine is a popular reach-for medication for people with a cold or the flu. But it may not be appropriate for every cough. The American Academy of Family Physicians says you probably shouldn't use cough medicine if your cough is caused by: Smoking. Emphysema. Chronic bronchitis or pneumonia. Asthma. Read more

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That Lingering Cough Could Be Bronchitis

Posted 21 May 2015 by

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – 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 at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Although most cases are caused by the common cold virus or influenza virus, bronchitis can lead to more serious conditions, such as pneumonia, which require medical treatment, she added. Symptoms of bronchitis – a serious disorder of the lower respiratory tract – include fever, chills, chest congestion and productive cough that lasts more than five days, Babino said. "The cough can last two to three weeks and could be an indicator of a more serious condition. If symptoms persist for more than seven to 10 days or symptoms start to get worse, ... Read more

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Rural Poor Bear Higher Burden of COPD, Study Finds

Posted 19 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – 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 leading cause of death in the world. In the new study, researchers led by author Dr. Sarath Raju of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore reviewed data from almost 88,000 American adults older than 40. They found that 7.2 percent of them had COPD. However, the rate of COPD was closer to 12 percent among those who lived in poor and rural areas, Raju's team found. Why would people in rural areas be at higher risk? The reasons aren't clear, the team said. They said there's a need for research "to understand the potential contribution of occupational exposures, fuel ... Read more

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Common Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk

Posted 15 Aug 2014 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 – Three common respiratory diseases seem to be associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers report. The investigators analyzed data from seven studies that included more than 25,000 people and found that chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia were linked with a greater risk of developing lung cancer. Having asthma or tuberculosis was not associated with a higher lung cancer risk, according to the study published in the Aug. 15 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. People who had all three – chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia – had a higher risk of lung cancer than those with chronic bronchitis only. There was no increased risk of lung cancer among those who had chronic bronchitis along with asthma or tuberculosis, the study found. In a journal news release, study author Ann Olsson said the reason ... Read more

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Too Many Antibiotics Still Prescribed for Sore Throats, Bronchitis: Studies

Posted 3 Oct 2013 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 3 – Despite efforts to curb the unnecessary use of antibiotics, many doctors still prescribe them for illnesses that don't respond to the medications, Harvard researchers report. Antibiotics only work against bacterial infections, and yet they are prescribed at a rate of 60 percent for sore throats and 73 percent for bronchitis, conditions that are typically caused by viruses, the scientists said. "For sore throat, antibiotics should be prescribed about 10 percent of the time," said study author Dr. Jeffrey Linder, a researcher in the division of general medicine and primary care at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages the proper use of antibiotics, their use for sore throats has only dropped from about 70 percent of doctor visits in 1990 to 60 percent of visits now, he said. "The story for ... Read more

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Patient Education Helps Prevent Overuse of Antibiotics for Cough, Study Finds

Posted 18 Jan 2013 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 18 – Patient education in the form of brochures and posters helps reduce the overuse of antibiotics to treat bronchitis in teens and adults, according to a new study. The overuse of antibiotics to treat bronchitis could worsen trends in antibiotic resistance, the researchers noted. They said computer prompts alerting nurses to the need for patient education on the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia also are effective in reducing reliance on antibiotics. The study, led by Dr. Ralph Gonzales of the University of California, San Francisco, involved 33 primary care practices that are part of an integrated health care system in central Pennsylvania. At 11 practices, printed materials – including educational brochures and posters explaining the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia – were routinely offered to patients suffering from a cough. In 11 more ... Read more

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Most Coughs Don't Respond to Antibiotics, Study Confirms

Posted 18 Dec 2012 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 18 – Commonly prescribed antibiotics don't help cure most coughs in adults, new research confirms. Patients with a cough or bronchitis are often prescribed antibiotics, and previous studies have had conflicting results about their effectiveness. For this study, researchers randomly assigned more than 2,000 adults complaining of a cough to take either the antibiotic amoxicillin for a week or an inactive placebo. Overall, the antibiotic was no more effective at relieving symptoms or their duration than the placebo, the study found. The findings also held among people who were older than 60. "The main message here is that antibiotics are usually not necessary for respiratory infections, if pneumonia is not suspected," said Dr. Philipp Schuetz of the Kantonsspital Aarau in Switzerland. "Only a few patients benefit from antibiotics and these may be identified with new blood ... Read more

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Health Tip: Treating Bronchitis

Posted 27 Nov 2012 by

-- Bronchitis is a viral or bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes, making breathing more difficult. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute recommends these steps to help cope with bronchitis: Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Adults may want to take aspirin for fever; acetaminophen (never aspirin) for children. If your doctor suspects you have a bacterial infection, he or she may prescribe an antibiotic. An antibiotic will not help a viral infection, the most common cause of bronchitis. Run a humidifier or sit in a steamy bathroom to help open the airways. If your doctor approves, take a medication to control cough and inflammation. Avoid exposure to things that irritate your lungs, especially tobacco smoke. Read more

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More Americans Have at Least 2 Chronic Health Issues: CDC

Posted 31 Jul 2012 by

TUESDAY, July 31 – The number of Americans aged 45 and older with two or more chronic conditions has grown over the past decade, new research estimates, with seniors especially vulnerable to a rising risk of both diabetes and high blood pressure. Between 1999-2000 and 2009-2010, the percentage of Americans in the 45- to 64-year age group with two or more of the conditions grew from 16 percent to 21 percent, according to survey results. For adults 65 and older, the percentage increased from 37 percent to 45 percent. The survey was compiled by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Released Tuesday, the report from Virginia Freid and colleagues looked at nine chronic conditions: hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, current asthma and kidney disease. ... Read more

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FDA Approves Tudorza Pressair to Treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Posted 23 Jul 2012 by

July 23, 2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Tudorza Pressair (aclidinium bromide) for the long-term maintenance treatment of bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways in the lung) associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is a serious lung disease that makes breathing difficult. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Symptoms can include chest tightness, chronic cough, and excessive phlegm. Tudorza Pressair, a dry powder inhaler used twice daily, is a long-acting antimuscarinic agent that helps muscles around the large airways of the lungs stay relaxed to improve airflow. “COPD is a serious disease that gets worse over time,” said Curtis Rosebraugh, M.D., M.P.H., ... Read more

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Cured Meat Products Linked to Lung Disease Flare-Ups

Posted 8 Mar 2012 by

THURSDAY, March 8 – Eating too much lunch meat, bacon, hot dogs and such could worsen symptoms of airway diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis, a new study suggests. These diseases, which cause inflammation of the lungs that make it difficult for a person to breathe, are commonly included under the umbrella term "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" (COPD). Lung infections, air pollution or tobacco smoke are common triggers for flare-ups of the diseases and can lead to hospitalization among patients. In the new study, researchers in Spain reported that the nitrates used as preservatives in cured meats produce reactive nitrogen species that could damage lung tissue, and excessive consumption of these food items might raise the risk of hospitalization among COPD patients. During the investigation, 274 COPD patients were monitored for an average of two years starting with their ... Read more

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