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A new antiviral drug that acts superior to Tamiflu protected mice against a range of influenza strains in a recent study.
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New research suggests that national smoking legislation does reduce the harms of passive smoking, and especially risks from heart disease.
White House
The American Lung Association (ALA) has given the Obama administration an "incomplete" grade for not promptly granting the FDA regulatory authority over non-cigarette tobacco products.
pulmonica
The Pulmonica, a small harmonica-like device, may improve breathing in COPD patients.
inflammatory cell
According to Healio, an analysis reveals that the protein YKL-40 may be an indicator for pro-inflammatory cells but not monitoring inhaled corticosteroids in COPD patients.
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European regulators have given approval to AstraZeneca for its lung cancer drug Tagrisso, according to Fortune.
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The key to an inherited deficiency that predisposes some people to emphysema and other lung conditions could lie in their Viking ancestry, according to Nature: Scientific Reports.
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Investigators found patterns of new opioid use among older adults with COPD that have the potential to augment possible negative drug-related effects.
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Marijuana use over time was associated with remembering fewer words from a list but it did not appear to affect other areas of cognitive function, a JAMA Internal Medicine study reported.
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Michael Moore has been in intensive care all week at a New York hospital with pneumonia, and was forced to cancel all promotional stops for his new movie.
e-cigarette juice
A new study that investigated the levels of benzaldehyde inhaled from e-cigarettes showed that the cherry flavor has higher levels of benzaldehyde and may pose more of a health risk.
farm milk asthma
Children who drink fresh, unprocessed farm milk on a regular basis are less likely to develop asthma, but researchers cautioned against drinking raw milk.
emergency room visits
Data from a study reveals that infectious diseases account for 13.5% of emergency room visits of older adults.
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Boehringer Ingelheim has announced that Spiriva Respimat is now available by prescription in US pharmacies for the treatment of asthma.
cigarette smoke
Among current and former smokers, the presence of excessive airway collapse (in the trachea) during expiration is associated with worse respiratory quality of life, according to a JAMA study.
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Geographical areas that have an NFL team advance to the Super Bowl had an 18% spike in flu-related deaths among people above the age of 65.
patient monitoring
A new study suggests that patients in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) with a high risk for respiratory adverse events should be monitored for both etCO2 and pulse oximetry using the Integrated Pulmonary Index (IPI).
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Abbott Laboratories has agreed to acquire diagnostic-test company Alere Inc for $5.8 billion, according to multiple news reports.
mechanical ventilation
Administration of acetazolamide did not reduce the duration of invasive mechanical ventilation among patients with COPD and metabolic alkalosis in a recent study.
smoking mental disorder
Younger people who smoke are more likely to have a psychiatric or substance use disorder compared with those who began smoking in earlier decades.