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Even at 'Safe' Levels, Air Pollution Puts Seniors at Risk

Posted 23 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 – For older people, breathing in dirty air puts them at risk of being hospitalized with a dangerous respiratory disease, a new study suggests. Among U.S. seniors, hospital admissions for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) rose as levels of both ozone and fine particulate matter increased – even when the pollutants were within levels now considered safe, the ...

Health Concerns Rise Along With Hawaii Eruptions

Posted 22 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – There's more trouble in paradise: The eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano may lead to respiratory and other health problems for residents of the Big Island, an expert warns. Besides facing the possibility of more devastating lava flows, Hawaiians must contend with high levels of toxic volcanic ash and smog, said an atmospheric scientist at the University at Albany in New ...

Berries and Grapes May Keep You Breathin' Easy

Posted 21 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 – Adding more grapes and berries to your diet is a tasty way to give your lung health a boost, new research suggests. Folks who ate the most foods with a particular type of flavonoid, called anthocyanins, maintained the best lung function as they aged, researchers said. Anthocyanins are found in dark-pigmented fruits and vegetables such as red grapes, blueberries and purple ...

Once-Daily Trelegy Ellipta Gains Expanded Indication in the US for the Treatment of Patients with COPD

Posted 15 May 2018 by Drugs.com

24 April 2018 – GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) and Innoviva, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVA) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expanded indication for Trelegy Ellipta (fluticasone furoate/umeclidinium/vilanterol ‘FF/UMEC/VI’), which means this medicine can now be used by US physicians to treat a broader population of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (CO ...

Health Tip: Recognizing Lung Disease

Posted 2 May 2018 by Drugs.com

-- You shouldn't ignore a nagging cough or mild wheeze. They could be symptoms of a lung disease, such as asthma, COPD or cancer, the American Lung Association says. Here are the association's potential warning signs of lung disease: Cough lasting a month or longer. Shortness of breath. Excess mucous production. Wheezing. Coughing up blood. Chronic chest pain.

U.S. Air Quality Improvements Are Lagging

Posted 1 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 – After decades of progress, the United States has seen a slowdown in reductions of two major air pollutants, a new study finds. Researchers found that levels of nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide – which contribute to the formation of ozone pollution and smog – have not continued the fairly steady decline predicted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Nitrogen ...

More Than 40 Percent of Americans Breathe Dirty Air: Report

Posted 18 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 – More than two of every five Americans reside in counties with unhealthy levels of smog and air pollution, thanks largely to the effect of global warming, health researchers report. Ozone levels spiked in the United States in 2016, which was the nation's second-hottest year on record, according to the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report, released ...

COPD Patients May Breathe Easier With Tai Chi

Posted 9 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 9, 2018 – People struggling with COPD might find some relief in an ancient art. The centuries-old practice of tai chi appears to boost the exercise capabilities and the quality of life of those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a study from Chinese and British researchers suggests. COPD is a chronic, debilitating and largely incurable form of progressive lung ...

COPD Is an Adult Killer, But Its Origins May Lie in Childhood

Posted 6 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 – COPD may seem like an adult disease, often tied to smoking. But two new studies suggest it could have roots in life's earliest years. Kids with issues such as asthma or those exposed to secondhand smoke may be more susceptible to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) decades later – especially if they grow up to become smokers, researchers found. COPD is a ...

Unchecked Air Pollution a Death Sentence for Millions: Study

Posted 23 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 – Quicker action to cut fossil fuel emissions and slow climate change could prevent as many as 153 million premature deaths worldwide this century, new research contends. That's how many lives could be saved in 154 of the world's largest cities through immediate action to reduce emissions and limit the global temperature increase to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, instead of ...

Widely Used COPD Meds Tied to Increased Fracture Risk

Posted 13 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 – Many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are placed on powerful inhaled corticosteroid therapy to ease symptoms. But new research suggests the treatment might raise their odds for bone fractures. Still, the Canadian study wasn't able to prove cause-and-effect, and the overall risk remained small, said one expert not connected to the study. "Looking ...

Health Tip: Fight Indoor Pollution at Home

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Where better to fight indoor air pollution than at home? The American Lung Association suggests how: Don't let anyone smoke in your home. Test your home for radon. Keep humidity levels under 50 percent and use a dehumidifier or air conditioner as needed. Clean this equipment regularly. Fix any leaks in the home that could contribute to mold growth. Put away food, cover trash and use bait to ...

Wildfires Can Affect Air Quality Far From the Flames

Posted 15 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – Wildfires like those that recently burned wide swaths of California to the ground can cause air quality problems that pose a threat to human health far from the fire site, researchers say. An analysis of U.S. government data collected from 2006 to 2013 found that smoke plumes from wildfires can be carried high into the air and spread over thousands of miles – even days ...

Air Pollution Can Be Deadly for Seniors

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 28, 2017 – Even levels of air pollution deemed "safe" by U.S. government standards may shorten the life spans of seniors, new research suggests. In fact, hundreds of older Americans may die prematurely each year due to the effects of dirty air, the study found. The finding stems from a computer prediction analysis that correlated fine particle and ozone pollution levels between ...

Tomatoes and Apples Could Help Ex-Smokers' Lungs Heal

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – For smokers who've managed to quit, the road to fully repairing lungs damaged by the habit may seem like a long one. But new research suggests help may be close at hand – in the kitchen. The decade-long study of 650 British and European adults suggests that diets high in tomatoes and fruits, particularly apples, could speed the healing of smoke-damaged lungs. The ...

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