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Fla. Jury: Philip Morris Must Pay Ex-Smoker $300M

Tobacco company found negligent in state's largest verdict

(Newser) - A South Florida jury today ordered Philip Morris to pay $300 million to a former smoker, agreeing that the tobacco company's negligence was the cause of her emphysema. The award for Cindy Naugle, 61, is the largest to date among thousands of lawsuits filed in the state against tobacco companies.... More »

Jacko 'Has 6 Months to Live'

Enquirer says singer terminally ill

(Newser) - Michael Jackson is terminally ill and has only 6 months to live, claims the National Enquirer. The supermarket tabloid reports Jackson is suffering from gastro-intestinal bleeding, as well as emphysema caused by a rare genetic condition made worse by the singer’s longtime addiction to painkillers. Anonymous sources say his... More »

Lung Drugs Linked to Heart Risks: Study

Treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease targeted

(Newser) - Two medications widely prescribed to emphysema and chronic bronchitis sufferers significantly increase the risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease, USA Today reports. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed a 53% increased risk of heart attacks and an 80% increased risk of cardiovascular death... More »

Winehouse Leaves Hospital... Smoking

Dad fears emphysema-stricken singer will be 'dead in three months'

(Newser) - Amy Winehouse was released from the hospital today, but her emphysema scare doesn’t seem to have left much of an impression on the singer. As she emerged from the facility, Winehouse was seen lighting a cigarette, the Daily Mail reports. Though Winehouse has only early-stage lung disease, odds are... More »

Amy Winehouse Struck with Emphysema

Frail singer vows to enter rehab to battle fatal disease

(Newser) - Amy Winehouse has emphysema and may soon be crippled if she keeps smoking crack, her father told the Sunday Mirror yesterday. Winehouse, 24, was diagnosed with the fatal disease after fainting in her London home this week. A terrified Winehouse, who faces the prospect of a permanent oxygen mask, has... More »

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