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2006-07-10 19:09:50

By Amanda Beck WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Emphysema is less severe in black smokers than in their white counterparts, researchers reported on Monday. This suggests that blacks respond differently to cigarette smoke or that genetic and environmental factors may slightly alter their lung structure, the researchers said. "This data may give us some clues to hone in on how emphysema develops," said Dr. Wissam Chatila, lead author on the study to be published in the journal Chest....

2005-12-19 14:35:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children harboring a particular variant in the TNF gene who are exposed to second-hand smoke are at increased risk of frequent respiratory-related absences from school, researchers at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, report. In a study of more than 1,300 fourth graders, Dr. Frank D. Gilliland and colleagues found the effect of passive smoke exposure on illness differed according to TNF genotype. Children carrying at least one copy of the...

2005-06-21 17:35:00

Patients with uncomplicated lower respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis, who were given antibiotics had little difference in symptom relief compared to patients who did not receive antibiotics, according to a study in the June 22/29 issue of JAMA. Acute lower respiratory tract illness is the most common condition treated in primary care, according to background information in the article. In the United States, excess antibiotic prescribing is mainly for pharyngitis and acute...

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2005-01-29 09:36:25

Secondhand smoke in home linked to adult lung cancer HealthDayNews -- Here's one more study that shows smoking is bad not only for the health of people who light up but also for those around them -- specifically, for children who breathe in their parents' secondhand smoke. This research comes from Europe, and it finds that children exposed to secondhand smoke on a daily basis have more than triple the risk of lung cancer and an increased risk of other respiratory problems later in life than...


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