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More SARS Travel Warnings Lifted

More SARS Travel Warnings Lifted

In another clear sign that the threat of the SARS outbreak is retreating, health officials have now lifted SARS travel warnings for all regions except for Beijing, China.
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Important It is possible that the main title of the report Pulmonary Hypertension, Primary is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report. ...
Quality of Life and Fitness in Cystic Fibrosis

Quality of Life and Fitness in Cystic Fibrosis

What kind of physical fitness has the biggest impact on quality of life for patients with cystic fibrosis?
Lung Surgery Helps, but Doesn't Cure Emphysema

Lung Surgery Helps, but Doesn't Cure Emphysema

It may sound odd, but cutting out the diseased portions of the lungs in patients with severe emphysema actually helps them.
Breathing Problems from Plasti-Kote Spray

Breathing Problems from Plasti-Kote Spray

Plasti-Kote, based in Medina, Ohio, is a maker and marketer of a wide range of aerosol spray paints, specialty and decorative finishes, and maintenance paints and coatings, many of which are geared toward the auto and truck markets and the automotive after-market. Improper use of aerosol spray paint
What Is Oxygen Saturation?

What Is Oxygen Saturation?

Red blood cells (RBCs) travel from the lungs through the arteries to bring oxygen to the cells. Then they travel through the veins to go back to the lungs, where they load up on more oxygen and make another trip to the cells. Arterial blood is red because it is rich with oxygen. Oxygen saturation is
FDA Weighs Fate of Antibiotic Ketek

FDA Weighs Fate of Antibiotic Ketek

An FDA panel is getting ready to decide whether to recommend that a widely used antibiotic be taken off the market.
Sedation for Bronchoscopy in Mechanically Ventilated Patients

Sedation for Bronchoscopy in Mechanically Ventilated Patients

Appropriate sedation benefits patients by reducing the stress response, but it requires an appropriate method of assessment to adjust the dosage of sedatives in flexible bronchoscopy.
Simple Pulmonary Eosinophilia

Simple Pulmonary Eosinophilia

Important It is possible that the main title of the report Pneumonia, Eosinophilic is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report. ...
Restrictive Lung Diseases

Restrictive Lung Diseases

Restrictive lung disease is an umbrella term that covers many lung diseases. This is a chronic disorder that affects the ability of the body to breathe in. As restrictive lung diseases grow more severe, it often becomes difficult for the sufferer to meet the body's need for oxygen.
What is an Extrapleural Pneumonectomy?

What is an Extrapleural Pneumonectomy?

An extrapleural pneumonectomy is a type of surgery for mesothelioma. What is this procedure?
Sleep Apnea as a Potential Cause of Resistant Hypertension

Sleep Apnea as a Potential Cause of Resistant Hypertension

Is it reasonable to include obstructive sleep apnea in the differential list of resistant hypertension, even when excessive daytime sleepiness is not clinically obvious?
Protein Lung Diseases

Protein Lung Diseases

Certain people have a high risk for developing lung disease because of protein abnormalities that make them deficient in lung-protective cell development. According to the National Institutes of Health, defective proteins can cause lung diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD
Shortness of Breath & Upper Back Pain

Shortness of Breath & Upper Back Pain

Shortness of breath and upper back pain should be treated seriously as they could signal an impending heart attack. Other serious conditions also share these symptoms, so seek medical attention immediately if you are experiencing them. Once you have ruled out more serious causes, you can pursue tre
COPD News and Features

COPD News and Features

WebMD’s COPD Health Center provides in-depth information on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease including symptoms, causes, treatment options, diagnosis, and tests.
Health Effects From Breathing Cat Urine Odor

Health Effects From Breathing Cat Urine Odor

The ammonia in Fluffy's urine can leave some feeling sick.Katze Denkt image by life_artist from Fotolia.comCat urine contains ammonia which becomes stronger the longer it sits. Ammonia in liquid form at high levels can be quite corrosive. Most cat urine does not contain enough ammonia to...
Aspiration Pneumonias: Under-Diagnosed and Under-Treated

Aspiration Pneumonias: Under-Diagnosed and Under-Treated

An update on the epidemiology, risk factors, bacteriology, diagnostic measures, and treatment for aspiration pneumonia.
10 Things to Stop Doing if You Have Lung Cancer

10 Things to Stop Doing if You Have Lung Cancer

We often talk about the things you should do if you have cancer, but what are 10 things to stop doing to yourself if you have lung cancer?
New Technique May Help Diagnose Asthma, COPD

New Technique May Help Diagnose Asthma, COPD

Researchers in Australia have identified four molecular characteristics, or biomarkers, of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which they say could lead to better ways to diagnose the respiratory conditions.
The Types of Firefighters

The Types of Firefighters

Firefighters belong to a broad category of men and women whose career is to protect the public by providing fire education and medical response, and by extinguishing fires. Firefighting is further divided into specialized methods of operation. The different types of firefighters do sometimes cr