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Health Tip: If There's a Wildfire Nearby

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Smoke from a nearby wildfire threatens anyone, but poses even more of a threat to people with asthma, COPD, heart disease or diabetes, the American Lung Association says. The group suggests what to do if a wildfire burns near you: Stay inside, if possible. Do not rely on a dust mask to keep your lungs safe. Most dust masks allow fine particles to filter through. More advanced masks include a filter, but it may not be 100 percent effective. Protect your children, whose lungs are still developing and are more at risk for long-term damage. Keep windows up while driving. Put home air conditioning on recirculate to keep outside air from coming in. Do not exercise outside. Be ready to evacuate if given an order. Read more

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Health Tip: Understanding COPD

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, affecting some 16 million Americans and potentially millions more who don't know they have it. According to the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, COPD can make it difficult for people to breathe and harm their quality of life. In COPD, less air flows in and out of the lung's airways due to one or more of these factors: The airways lose their elastic quality. The walls between some of the air sacs are destroyed. The walls of the airways become thick and inflamed. The airways make more mucus than usual and become clogged. Read more

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Pollution Tied to 9 Million Deaths Worldwide in 2015

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – Pollution led to more than 9 million deaths worldwide in 2015, or 1 in 6 deaths that year, a new report reveals. Air pollution, the worst culprit, was linked to 6.5 million heart- and lung-related deaths, The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health said. Water pollution was tied to 1.8 million deaths, mostly from gastrointestinal and parasitic infections. And workplace-related pollution and lead pollution also played a role, contributing to 800,000 deaths and 500,000 deaths, respectively. "Pollution is much more than an environmental challenge – it is a profound and pervasive threat that affects many aspects of human health and well-being," said Dr. Philip Landrigan, co-lead of the commission. "It deserves the full attention of international leaders, civil society, health professionals, and people around the world," added Landrigan, a professor at the Icahn ... Read more

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Respiratory Disease Death Rates Have Soared

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – The number of Americans who die from chronic respiratory diseases has skyrocketed over the past 35 years, led in large part by deaths from COPD, a new report indicates. From 1980 through 2014, more than 4.6 million Americans died from a range of chronic respiratory illnesses, the researchers reported. While the risk was pegged at 41 deaths for every 100,000 people back in 1980, it rose to nearly 53 out of every 100,000 by 2014, representing a nearly 31 percent spike over 35 years. And the dismal news continued in the new report. Eighty-five percent of the deaths – 3.9 million people – were from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which moved up in that period of time to become the third leading cause of death, ahead of stroke, in the United States. Other chronic respiratory illnesses that saw dramatic increases included: particle-inhalation ... Read more

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Kids' Colds Linked to Asthma, Lung Problems Later

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Kids who develop respiratory infections like colds or sinusitis may have a higher risk of asthma and reduced lung function later in life, a new study says. Researchers examined data from nearly 155,000 children in Europe. They were followed from birth through ages 4 to 15 years. Those who had an upper respiratory infection – such as a cold, sinusitis, laryngitis and tonsillitis – by age 5 had an increased risk of asthma later in life. Their risk was 1.5 times higher. Young children who had lower respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia and general chest infections saw their asthma risk double or quadruple. They were also more likely to later develop reduced lung function, according to the study. "These findings support the hypothesis that early life respiratory tract infections may influence the development of respiratory ... Read more

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Minorities Exposed to Dirtier Air, U.S. Study Finds

Posted 18 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – Nonwhite Americans are surrounded by more air pollution from traffic than whites are, a new study finds. While exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) fell among all Americans between 2000 and 2010, there was only a slight narrowing in differences between levels of exposure to the pollutant between nonwhites and whites. "The finding that shocks us is that when it comes to how much NO2 a person breathes, it's still race that matters," said senior study author Julian Marshall. He is professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. "At any income level – low to medium to high – there's a persistent gap by race, which is completely indefensible. It says a lot about how segregated neighborhoods still are and how things are segregated," he explained in a university news release. The estimated average annual NO2 exposure fell ... Read more

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Nearly 4 Million Worldwide Die Each Year From Asthma, COPD

Posted 17 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 – Two major chronic lung diseases – asthma and COPD – kill nearly 4 million people worldwide annually, a new report finds. The study calculates that 3.2 million people died in 2015 from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) – a group of lung conditions that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, often tied to smoking. Asthma caused another 400,000 deaths, the report found. While asthma is more common, COPD is much more deadly. And while both conditions can be treated, many people remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. In addition, in many countries, treatment – if it exists at all – may be at insufficient levels, the research team added. "Although much of the burden [from these illnesses] is either preventable or treatable with affordable interventions, these diseases have received less attention than other prominent non-communicable diseases like ... Read more

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Air Purifiers May Help the Smog-Stressed Heart

Posted 14 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 – High levels of air pollution can harm heart health, but air purifiers may protect against the threat, according to a small study from China. The study included 55 healthy college students who used real or fake air purifiers in their dormitory rooms. Researchers measured the students' indoor and outdoor exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5), a component of air pollution emitted from vehicles, factories, power plants, fires and smoking. Exposure to high PM2.5 levels increased students' stress hormones and triggered metabolic changes that may increase heart disease risk, the researchers said. Using air purifiers reduced indoor levels of PM2.5 by an average 82 percent and led to short-term declines in stress hormone levels. After 24 hours of air purifier use, PM2.5 levels were within the World Health Organization's safe range, the study found. The findings ... Read more

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Climate Change May Trigger 60,000 More Premature Deaths by 2030

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 – If nothing is done to address climate change, tens of thousands more early deaths may occur worldwide from exposure to air pollution in the coming decades, a new study contends. Increases in air pollution caused by rising temperatures will trigger an additional 60,000 premature deaths each year around the globe by 2030, and as many as 260,000 more premature deaths annually by 2100, according to the results of several different climate models. More people will die from diseases like heart attack, stroke, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which are exacerbated by exposure to smog-laden air, said study co-author Jason West. He's an associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering with the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health. The projected deaths occur "under a scenario where no big policies ... Read more

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Health Tip: Worried About Lung Disease?

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Subtle changes in your breathing may be easy to miss, but they can be important warning signs of lung disease. The American Lung Association says symptoms to be concerned about include: A cough that persists for a month or longer, or coughing up blood. Feeling short of breath, or having difficulty breathing. Persistent production of mucus that lasts for a month or longer. Wheezing. Chest pain that occurs for unknown reasons – particularly when you cough or inhale – that lasts for at least a month. Read more

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Rush Hour Pollution May Be Worse Than Thought

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 – Ever wonder what you're inhaling as you idle in rush-hour traffic? New research finds air pollution levels in cars are much higher than previously believed. "We found that people are likely getting a double whammy of exposure in terms of health during rush-hour commutes," said Michael Bergin, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke University, in Durham, N.C. He and his colleagues installed sensors inside about 30 cars going to and from downtown Atlanta. Over the 60 commutes, they found that levels of some types of harmful particulate air pollution in the cars were twice as high as levels detected by widely used roadside sensors. "If these chemicals are as bad for people as many researchers believe, then commuters should seriously be rethinking their driving habits," Bergin added in a university news release. The contaminated air particles can ... Read more

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9/11 Survivors More Likely to Have Heart, Lung Diseases

Posted 17 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – Rescue workers and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center seem to have an increased risk for heart and lung diseases years later, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 8,700 people in the WTC Health Registry. This registry monitors the physical and mental health of the more than 71,000 people exposed to the air and debris after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. "Our findings indicate that intense exposure on a single day – the first day of the disaster – contributes substantially to the risk of developing chronic conditions," said study corresponding author Dr. Robert Brackbill, from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. People in this study were the ones most heavily exposed on 9/11. The group included 7,503 area workers, 249 rescue workers, 131 residents and 818 passers-by. Forty-one percent in ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Air Quality is Poor

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Poor air quality is a serious issue for people with breathing problems, such as asthma. When air quality is poor, the National Weather Service suggests: If you're exercising outdoors, make your routine less strenuous than usual Take more frequent breaks. And shorten the length of your workout. Move planned outdoor activities to another day or indoors. If that's not possible, schedule activities in the morning, when air quality generally is better. Read more

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For Many, Friends Are Key to Happiness in Old Age

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 29, 2017 – As you age, the friends you keep wield an ever-greater impact on your health and sense of happiness, new research reveals. They may even outstrip family in terms of the sway they have over you, according to the pair of new studies. Lead investigator William Chopik cited several reasons why friendships might pack a bigger punch than blood relationships when it comes to influencing health and well-being. "We spend leisure time with friends. We freely choose to continue relationships with friends," said Chopik, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University. If the friendships last until older adulthood, "clearly these are good friendships," he added. "As we age, we prune away at some of the friendships that are more superficial and acquaintance-like," he said. That means that as older adults, "we're left with the ones that are deeper and make ... Read more

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Even at Low Levels, Dirty Air Raises Death Risk for U.S. Seniors

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – Air pollution may shorten the lives of American seniors, even in areas where levels fall below national safety standards, new research indicates. Although it's possible that factors other than air pollution are responsible for the increase in premature deaths among older adults, study co-author Francesca Dominici said the findings are "bulletproof evidence of increased risk of deaths due to polluted air in the U.S. "Make no mistake. We need to strengthen, not weaken, [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] air pollution standards," said Dominici, a professor of biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "We need to increase, not reduce, the EPA research funding." The investigators launched their research to determine whether pollution levels considered to be acceptable might still be hazardous to human health. "There is extensive ... Read more

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