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Tobacco Use Costs World 6 Million Lives, $1 Trillion Annually: Report

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – Smoking kills about 6 million people a year, and costs the world more than $1 trillion a year in health care expenses and lost productivity, a new report says. But, billions of dollars and millions of lives could be saved through higher tobacco prices and taxes, according to the report from the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Besides reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease, such tobacco-control policies could raise large amounts of money for governments to use for health and economic development, the study authors said. "The economic impact of tobacco on countries, and the general public, is huge, as this new report shows," said Dr. Oleg Chestnov. He is WHO's assistant director-general for noncommunicable diseases and mental health. "The tobacco industry produces and markets products that kill millions of people ... Read more

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Cured Meats Could Aggravate Asthma, Study Suggests

Posted 21 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 – Regularly eating cured meats such as ham and salami might aggravate asthma, researchers report. Looking at close to 1,000 people with the respiratory disease, French researchers found that those who ate the most processed and cured meats were 76 percent more likely to see their asthma symptoms worsen over time compared to those who ate the least. These symptoms include trouble breathing, chest tightness and shortness of breath, according to the report. Cured meats are high in chemicals called nitrites to keep them from spoiling. These meats have been linked to a higher risk of other chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In addition, they were recently classified as carcinogenic, or cancer-causing, by the World Health Organization (WHO), said the study's lead researcher, Dr. Zhen Li. ... Read more

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CDC Reveals Top 5 Causes of Death

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – Heart disease tops the list of what's most likely to kill you or someone you love, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data naming the five leading causes of death among Americans under age 80 for 2014. After heart disease, cancer was the most likely cause of death. Rounding out the list were stroke; chronic lower respiratory diseases, such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema; and accidents, the report said. Nearly two-thirds of deaths in the United States were caused by these five diseases or conditions. And many of these deaths were preventable. Thirty percent of heart disease deaths, 15 percent of cancer deaths, 28 percent of stroke deaths, 36 percent of chronic lower respiratory disease deaths, and 43 percent of accident deaths were preventable, the CDC researchers said. The good news in ... Read more

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How to Exercise Safely in Smog

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – Scientists say they have figured out the ideal speeds for cyclists and pedestrians to move in order to limit their inhalation of air pollution and still get the full benefits of exercise. "The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you also are exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is," study author Alex Bigazzi, a transportation expert at the University of British Columbia, said in a school news release. The researchers used a computer model of 10,000 people. The investigators found that cyclists should ride between 7.5 to 12.4 miles per hour on city roads. And, pedestrians should walk between 1.2 and 3.7 miles per hour. There are different recommended speeds depending on gender, age and road grades. For example, on flat roads the ideal speeds are: 7.8 ... Read more

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Oxygen Therapy Little Help for Those With Milder COPD

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – A new study says that oxygen therapy may not help people in the less severe stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is an umbrella term for the lung diseases chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The study findings could change clinical practice, the researchers added. In 2014, close to 16 million Americans said they'd been diagnosed with COPD, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease stands as the third-leading cause of death in the United States. One common treatment for COPD is supplemental oxygen – with both portable and at-home devices. The therapy has been proven to prolong the lives of COPD patients with severe decreases in their blood oxygen levels, said study corresponding author Dr. Robert Wise. What's been unclear, he said, is whether it benefits patients with moderately low oxygen levels – ... Read more

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Air Pollution May Even Harm Blood Vessels of Healthy Young

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – Even young, healthy adults can suffer blood vessel damage from air pollution, a new study finds. Periodic exposure to fine particulate matter – tiny pollutants from cars, factories, power plants and fires – isn't a health risk only for the ill and the elderly, the researchers concluded. The three-year study in Provo, Utah, tied this form of air pollution to abnormal changes in the blood of young adults, age 23 on average. Over time, these abnormalities could lead to heart disease, the researchers said. The findings suggest that living in a polluted environment could promote development of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke more pervasively and at an earlier stage than previously thought, said study researcher Timothy O'Toole. He's with the Diabetes and Obesity Center at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. "Although we have known for some time ... Read more

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When Indoor Temps Rise, So Do COPD Symptoms

Posted 2 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2016 – High indoor temperatures can worsen symptoms of the lung disorder chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), particularly in homes with high levels of air pollution, researchers report. The research included 69 people with moderate to severe COPD. The disorder includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. The study volunteers were assessed on the hottest days of the year. The mean outdoor temperature was 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The mean indoor temperature was 80 F, according to the study. Even though 86 percent of the participants lived in homes with air conditioning, it wasn't turned on during 37 percent of the study days. The patients spent most of their time indoors. On days they did go outside, they did so for an average of two hours. As indoor temperatures rose, COPD symptoms increased in ... Read more

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As Traffic Piles Up, So Does Air Pollution

Posted 12 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – Stuck in traffic? Shut your car windows and turn your ventilation system to re-circulate air, researchers advise. Doing so can reduce your exposure to toxic air pollution from a traffic jam by up to 76 percent, a new study suggests. "Where possible and with weather conditions allowing, it is one of the best ways to limit your exposure by keeping windows shut, fans turned off and to try and increase the distance between you and the car in front while in traffic jams or stationary at traffic lights," said study senior author Prashant Kumar. "If the fan or heater needs to be on, the best setting would be to have the air re-circulating within the car without drawing in air from outdoors," Kumar, who's with the University of Surrey in England, said in a university news release. The investigators also found that pedestrians are exposed to high levels of vehicle air ... Read more

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Will Worsening 'Smoke Waves' Threaten Western U.S.?

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – Climate change, and the warmer summers it will bring, could blanket much of the western United States with persistent "smoke waves" – consecutive days of air pollution from wildfires, a new study warns. "More people in the western U.S. are likely to experience high-pollution episodes from wildfires, and the pollution episodes are likely to be more frequent, last longer and be more intense," said study author Jia Coco Liu. She was a graduate student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies when the study was conducted. Northern California, western Oregon and the Great Plains will bear the brunt of the pollution, the researchers said. Wildfires occur frequently in the vast, dry West. The smoke they produce can spread far beyond the burning landscape, and the full impact on human health is still unclear. "The smoke has been long recognized as being ... Read more

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COPD Deaths Down for Most Americans: CDC

Posted 8 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 – Fewer Americans are dying from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but not black women and the middle-aged, a new government report shows. Between 2000 and 2014, there was a 12 percent overall drop in deaths from the progressive lung disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Report co-author Hanyu Ni said the figures aren't unexpected, noting that "the declines in the COPD-related mortality are consistent with declines in the prevalence of current smoking for men and women in the United States." But, Ni added, the study only quantified death rate trends, and didn't look at the reasons behind those trends. Ni is an associate director for science with the CDC's division of vital statistics at the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Dr. David Mannino, who's with the University of Kentucky's College of Public ... Read more

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4 in 10 Americans Think Work Affects Their Health: Poll

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – Many Americans think their job takes a toll on everything from their health and stress levels to their eating and sleeping habits, a new poll found. "The takeaway here is that job number one for U.S. employers is to reduce stress in the workplace," said poll director Robert Blendon. He is the Richard L. Menschel Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. The poll, which included phone interviews with more than 1,600 workers in the United States, found that 44 percent think their job affects their overall health. And only 28 percent of those people believe the influence is positive. Among the 16 percent who think their job is taking a toll on their health are those with disabilities, those with dangerous jobs, those working more than 50 hours a week, those working in retail and those earning ... Read more

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Depression Plagues Many With COPD

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 – Struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) may raise the risk of depression among patients with the incurable respiratory illness, two new studies suggest. One report, from scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in England, found one in four patients with COPD suffered persistent depressive symptoms over the three years of the study. If untreated, depression can have a negative effect on the patients' overall health and the effectiveness of their treatment, the researchers noted. A second study from the University of Texas analyzed data from a random sample of 5 percent of Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with COPD between 2001 and 2011. The researchers found that 22 percent of those patients had one or more psychological disorders. The study also showed that the odds of 30-day readmission to the hospital were higher in patients with ... Read more

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Health Tip: Need a Lung Function Test?

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A lung function test measures how well your lungs are working, helping your doctor diagnose the cause and severity of any problems with your breathing. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says the test is designed to show: The amount of air that you can breathe into your lungs to see if it's in the normal range. The amount of air that you can exhale from your lungs, and how quickly you can do it. The ability of your lungs to bring oxygen to your blood. How strong the muscles that help you breathe are. Read more

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After Heart Attack, New Threat: Heart Failure

Posted 24 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Risk of heart failure appears high within a few years of a first heart attack, a new study finds. "Heart failure is a major medical problem with a high chance of hospitalization and death," said study author Dr. Johannes Gho, a cardiology resident at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. Heart failure means the heart can't pump blood efficiently enough to meet the body's demands. Improved heart attack treatment has led to higher survival rates, leaving more patients susceptible to later heart failure, Gho said in a European Society of Cardiology news release. For the study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 25,000 people in the United Kingdom who suffered a first heart attack. Nearly 25 percent of these patients developed heart failure within four years, the investigators found. Certain risk factors increased the risk of heart failure ... Read more

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Many Smokers Have COPD Symptoms, Without Diagnosis

Posted 18 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – Many smokers have symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) even before they've been diagnosed with the lung condition, according to a new study. Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, coughing, difficulty exercising and history of asthma. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, researchers said. Smoking is a major cause of the disease. "We found that a significant number of current and former smokers who don't meet the typical criteria for COPD [based on a breathing test] otherwise look and behave like patients who do carry a diagnosis of COPD," said study co-lead author Dr. Meilan Han, medical director of the University of Michigan Women's Respiratory Health Program. The study included more than 2,700 people. It included current or former smokers and people who never smoked. "We found significant respiratory ... Read more

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