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

Posted 5 days ago 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 12 days ago 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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Replace Coal With Solar Power to Save Money, Lives

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Replacing coal with solar power would save American lives and money, according to a new study. "If we're rational and we care about American lives – or even just money – then it's time to end coal in the U.S.," said study co-author Joshua Pearce. He is an associate professor of materials science and electrical engineering at Michigan Technological University. Tens of thousands of Americans die early due to health issues linked to air pollution. Michigan Tech researchers calculated the human toll of burning coal along with the possible benefits of switching to solar power. They analyzed regional electric costs and calculated the number of U.S. deaths per kilowatt hour each year for coal as well as solar power. They also estimated the potential return on investment of solar installations using U.S. Department of Energy data. The study found that if the United ... Read more

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Does Dirty Air Keep You Awake?

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Air pollution may harm your sleep, researchers say. "Prior studies have shown that air pollution impacts heart health and affects breathing and lung function, but less is known about whether air pollution affects sleep," said lead author Dr. Martha Billings. "We thought an effect was likely, given that air pollution causes upper airway irritation, swelling and congestion, and may also affect the central nervous system and brain areas that control breathing patterns and sleep," added Billings, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington. She and her colleagues looked at more than 1,800 people, average age 68, in six U.S. cities. They wanted to see if the two most common air pollutants – traffic-related pollutant gas (NO2) and fine-particle pollution – affected sleep efficiency. Sleep efficiency is a measure of the percentage of time in bed ... Read more

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First-Try Antibiotics Now Fail in 1 in 4 Adult Pneumonia Cases

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 21, 2017 – The first prescription of an antibiotic that the average U.S. adult with pneumonia receives is now ineffective in about a quarter of cases, a new study finds. In these cases, more or different antibiotics were needed, or the patient's condition worsened to require ER admission or hospitalization within a month of the antibiotics being taken, the research team said. The results are "concerning," because "pneumonia is the leading cause of death from infectious disease in the United States," said lead researcher Dr. James McKinnell, an infectious disease specialist at LA BioMed, a California-based research foundation. Speaking in a news release from the American Thoracic Society, he added that, "the additional antibiotic therapy noted in the study increases the risk of antibiotic resistance and complications like C. difficile infection, which is difficult to treat ... Read more

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4 in 10 Americans Still Breathe Dirty Air

Posted 19 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Air quality in the United States is improving overall, but not enough for the nearly 40 percent of Americans who live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution. That's the conclusion of the American Lung Association's annual report, which shows that 125 million Americans were exposed to high levels of either ozone or particle pollution in 2013-15. This puts them at risk for premature death and other serious health threats such as lung cancer, asthma attacks, cardiovascular damage, and developmental and reproductive problems, the report said. "This year's 'State of the Air' report is a testament to the success of the Clean Air Act, which has reduced air pollution in much of the nation," Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, said in a news release from the organization. "As a result, Americans' lung health is far better ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Indoor Air Clean

Posted 15 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Indoor air may contain allergens that make you sneeze and wheeze, and your eyes turn red. The Mayo Clinic says here's what you can do to clean up the air inside your home: On days when there's a lot of pollen floating around outside, close the windows and run the air conditioning. Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter on your forced air heating and cooling systems, and change it regularly. Run a dehumidifier. Frequently vacuum your floors. Make sure the appliance uses a HEPA filter. Read more

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Could a Daily Vitamin Curb Smog's Effect on the Heart?

Posted 15 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 – There's a lot of evidence to show that breathing in dirty air can harm your heart. But a small new study suggests that daily vitamin B supplements might counteract that effect. While two hours of exposure to concentrated air pollution had a negative effect on heart rate and levels of illness-fighting white blood cells, "these effects are nearly reversed with four-week B-vitamin supplementation," according to study co-author Dr. Andrea Baccarelli. He's chair of environmental health sciences at Columbia University in New York City. One lung health expert was cautiously optimistic about the findings. "It is interesting that pretreating with B vitamins may prevent some of the deleterious effects of exposure to this pollution," said Dr. Alan Mensch, senior vice president of medical affairs at Northwell Heath's Plainview Hospital in Plainview, N.Y. "It must be kept ... Read more

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Health Tip: Asthma and Air Pollution

Posted 6 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Air pollution makes the air unhealthy – a particularly serious problem for people with asthma. The American Academy of Family Physicians says you should talk with your doctor about: Symptoms of exposure to air pollution, which could include chest pain and coughing. Long-term medication to manage asthma. Whether you are more sensitive to polluted air than the average person. Read more

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US Medical Groups Sound the Alarm on Climate Change

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Climate change is not only an environmental issue, but a major threat to public health, according to 11 U.S. medical societies. It's an issue that many people do not know exists, even though it may already affect them, the groups warned in a new report. "We want to get the message out that climate change is affecting people's health right now," said Dr. Mona Sarfaty. She's director of the group collective the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. More frequent and more intense heat waves raise the risk of heat-related illness, for example. Climate change can also exacerbate heart and lung conditions, including asthma and emphysema, said Sarfaty, who's also director of Program on Climate and Health at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. And, it can feed the spread of insect-borne infections, such as Lyme disease and Zika, and even contribute ... Read more

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City Tax on Cars Cut Pollution, Kids' Asthma Risk

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – A tax designed to reduce mid-city traffic in Stockholm, Sweden, was tied to a reduction in asthma attacks in children, a new study suggests. "The key takeaways of this paper are that health gains can be realized through efforts to lower air pollution, and that we need to be patient in waiting for the complete picture to emerge," said study author Emilia Simeonova, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. After Stockholm introduced the "congestion tax" as an experiment in 2006 to discourage people from driving in the center of the city, traffic flow got better and air pollution levels fell by 5 to 10 percent. The tax was made into law in 2007. The tax costs drivers the U.S. equivalent of $2.60 when they drive in certain areas of the city at congested times of the workday. The tax is collected through scanners that gather license plate ... Read more

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Can Mom's Vitamin E Head Off Child's Asthma Risk?

Posted 5 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 4, 2017 – Kids born to moms with low levels of vitamin E might be more likely to develop asthma, new research suggests. When moms had low levels of a specific type of vitamin E measured right after birth, their children were more likely to develop wheezing and to have been treated with asthma medications in their first two years of life, the study found. "The major sources of vitamin E are oils" such as sunflower, safflower, corn, soy and canola oils, study lead author Dr. Cosby Stone said in a news release from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Stone said his team's previous research in mice had suggested the link between vitamin E and asthma. Stone is with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. "We hypothesized that maternal vitamin E levels, reflecting levels that the fetus encounters during pregnancy," would affect how kids ... Read more

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Wood Stoves May Spark Heart Trouble

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – It's still winter, and many people are firing up their wood stoves. But a new Canadian study suggests that pollution from wood-burning stoves may raise the risk of heart attack among older people living nearby. "This suggests that the source of pollution matters and that all particulate air pollution is perhaps not equally harmful when it comes to cardiovascular disease," said study author Scott Weichenthal, a professor at McGill University in Montreal. His team analyzed data from three small cities – Prince George, Kamloops and Courtenay/Comox – in British Columbia. The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but did find that higher levels of fine particulate air pollution from wood stoves may be tied to increased hospitalizations for heart attack. For example, during cold months, when pollution from wood stoves is highest, there was a 19 percent increase in ... Read more

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