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Smog's Health Effects Persist for Decades, Study Finds

Posted 2 days 11 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 – Air pollution can increase the risk of premature death, even decades later, one of the longest running air pollution studies suggests. British scientists found the negative health effects of air pollution – such as a higher risk of lung and heart disease – can persist for more than 30 years. The study authors suggested that more research into the long-term health effects of air pollution – often called smog – is needed. "Air pollution has well established impacts on health, especially on heart and lung disease," study author Dr. Anna Hansell, from Imperial College London, said in a university news release. "The novel aspects of our study are the very long follow-up time and the very detailed assessment of air pollution exposure, using air-quality measurements going back to the 1970s." The researchers monitored air pollution levels in areas of England and ... Read more

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Study Casts Doubt on Effectiveness of COPD Drug

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 – 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 the two. Common symptoms include difficulty breathing, chronic cough, wheezing and phlegm production. Over time, the condition can prove fatal. The drug acetazolamide has been used for decades to help COPD patients breathe when they develop a dangerous condition called metabolic alkalosis. However, the French study authors said that, until now, there's been no clinical trial to prove that the drug is actually effective in such cases. To try to remedy that situation, the new study included 380 French COPD patients who were expected to receive mechanical ... Read more

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Coils in Lungs Might Boost Ability to Exercise With Emphysema

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 – Implanting coils in the lungs may help improve the ability to exercise in people with severe emphysema, a new study suggests. Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that damages the airways and makes it difficult to breathe. Current treatments for severe emphysema have limited effectiveness. Lung volume reduction surgery can help, but carries a risk of complications and death, the study authors explained. Dr. Gaetan Deslee, of Reims University Hospital in France, and colleagues recruited 100 patients for the study. Fifty patients received usual care – rehabilitation and bronchodilators with or without inhaled corticosteroids and oxygen. The remaining 50 received usual care and also had coils placed in their lungs. The researchers said the coils were placed in the lungs using an endoscope – a slender, flexible device inserted into ... Read more

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Implanted Lung Valves Show Promise in Some Emphysema Patients

Posted 9 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 – New research suggests that more careful selection of patients could help improve the success rate of valves implanted into the lungs of people with emphysema. The valves aim to improve breathing, allowing patients with the chronic lung disease to be more active and to perhaps survive longer. Previous research into the valves has been mixed, but the new Dutch study found that they work more effectively if physicians are more selective about which patients get them. "The results are relatively impressive," said lung physician Dr. Gary Hunninghake, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "These are benefits that physicians would want to get, and patients might feel better. This could result in people being more enthusiastic about this technique." However, the valves come with a risk of serious side effects, the study authors noted, and the ... Read more

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Agricultural Pesticides May Affect Kids' Breathing

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – Early exposure to widely used pesticides may harm children's lungs, a new study says. Previous research has looked at the harmful effect of organophosphate pesticides – chemicals that target the nervous system – on adult agricultural workers. This new study looked at children living in an agricultural area where the organophosphates are used. "This is the first evidence suggesting that children exposed to organophosphates have poorer lung function," said study senior author Brenda Eskenazi, a professor of epidemiology and of maternal and child health at the University of California, Berkeley. For this study, researchers measured levels of organophosphate pesticides in urine samples collected on five occasions from 279 children in California's Salinas Valley between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. The area is an agricultural hub, producing lettuce, grapes, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Easing the Discomfort of Bronchitis

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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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