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Smoking Damages Our DNA— in Some Cases Permanently

But the vast majority of genes 'recover' within 5 years of quitting

(Newser) - Scientists are learning more about how smoking impacts our health all the way down to our genes, and experts say they're not terribly surprised by new findings that some of the changes to a smoker's DNA appear to be permanent, lingering even decades after the smoker quits, reports... More »

Daughter Weds in Hospital So Dad Can Give Her Away

It was the family's 2nd hospital wedding in a week

(Newser) - Jubal Early Kirby, 49, is terminally ill with a lung disease called pulmonary fibrosis and has spent three weeks in a hospital in Charlotte, NC. So Kaila Kirby, the younger of his two daughters, decided to move her July 2016 wedding up a bit—to Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving,... More »

Sick Veterans 'Inhaled Metal': Researchers

Experts describe 'Iraq-Afghanistan war lung injury'

(Newser) - Pulmonary and respiratory diseases have been on the rise in US troops, and researchers are pointing to a possible culprit: metal in their lungs. Experts at Stony Brook University performed lung tests on six ill soldiers "and found titanium in every single one of them," says researcher Anthony... More »

Leonard Nimoy: I Have Lung Disease

'I quit smoking too late,' he says

(Newser) - People who want to live long and prosper should quit smoking now, Leonard Nimoy says. The actor best known for playing Spock in Star Trek has been diagnosed with the lung disease COPD at the age of 82—30 years after he quit smoking, which he says wasn't soon... More »

Smoking Kills Another Marlboro Man

Former bit-part actor dies of COPD

(Newser) - Eric Lawson, who portrayed the rugged Marlboro man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died. He was 72. Lawson died earlier this month of respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, his wife Susan says. Lawson was an actor with bit parts on such TV... More »

Pope Francis: A Nun Saved My Life

New book describes his early treatment for lung problems

(Newser) - Pope Francis is alive today thanks to a nun who he says "had an intuition" and "knew what to do," according to a new book by a longtime Vatican journalist. Francis expressed his gratitude for a nun who took care of him when he was ill as... More »

Mandela Again Hospitalized With Lung Infection

Second hospitalization this month for South African leader

(Newser) - Weeks after returning home from the hospital, Nelson Mandela was admitted again last night for a lung infection. South African president Jacob Zuma is calling on the world to offer its support to the 94-year-old icon, NBC News reports: "We appeal to the people of South Africa and the... More »

Your Fireplace Could Give You Cancer

Particles in smoke are as bad as car exhaust, say scientists

(Newser) - Ahh, fireplaces: cozy, romantic, and … as bad for you as car exhaust fumes? Apparently so: New research reveals that breathing in the smoke from open fires or wood-burning stoves can lead to cancer, and heart and lung disease. The airborne particles in the smoke are particularly harmful because they’... More »

US Life Expectancy Falls for Third Time Since 1980

Though it did increase for black men, hitting all-time high

(Newser) - The overall US life expectancy fell slightly in 2008, from 77.9 years to (gasp) 77.8 years, according to a new report from the CDC. It’s the first drop since 2005, and just the third since 1980. Actually, to be more precise, it was the life expectancy of... More »

Kids' Form of Viagra to Treat Lung Disease

In return, Pfizer gets another 6 months for patent on adult drug

(Newser) - Pfizer plans to produce a form of Viagra designed to treat a rare form of lung disease in children. Doctors can use Viagra's well-known ability to modify blood flow to treat sufferers of pulmonary arterial hypertension, a disorder in which a child suffers from unusually high blood pressure in the... More »

Jacko Knew He'd Die Young: Lisa Marie

Told former wife years ago he feared he'd end up like Elvis

(Newser) - The King of Pop was sure he would follow the King to an early grave, blogs Lisa Marie Presley. During his brief marriage to Elvis's daughter, Michael Jackson "stated with an almost calm certainty, 'I am afraid that I am going to end up like him.'" Jackson wasn't... More »

Jacko's Just Fine, Thanks

Singer prepping for tour, not transplant

(Newser) - Going from deathbed to world stage in mere hours, the King of Pop's rumor mill can be tough to keep up with these day, E! Online reports. A biographer’s claim yesterday that Michael Jackson is suffering from a rare lung disease is “a total fabrication” dreamed up to... 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 »

Mac's Illness Spotlights Sarcoidosis

Immune disorder could be behind comedian's hospitalization

(Newser) - Bernie Mac is in the hospital, and although his publicists deny it, the pneumonia for which the comedian's being treated may have something to do with sarcoidosis, the Chicago Tribune reports. The rare immune system disorder has been in remission since 2005. 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 »

Stem Cells Show Promise for Sick Lungs

Cells injected in mouse tails 'recolonize' lungs in breakthrough research

(Newser) - Scientists have successfully implanted stem cells into the lungs of mice in breakthrough research that could one day be used to develop new treatments for cancer patients or those suffering from major respiratory ailments. It's the first time stem cell research has focused on lungs because of the complex nature... More »

Doc Links Lung Disease, Popcorn

Too much 'buttery' microwave popcorn may have caused a man's illness

(Newser) - A Colorado man's two-bag-a-day popcorn habit may be the cause of his mysterious respiratory illness, says a top lung specialist in Denver. Previously seen only in factory workers, the disease known as "popcorn lung" appears to arise from overexposure to a common flavoring chemical called diacetyl, the New York ... More »

Popcorn Company Bans Butter Powder

Chemical diacetyl causes lung trouble in workers who breathe it

(Newser) - Weaver Popcorn has stopped using diacetyl, the powder that gives microwave popcorn its buttery flavor, after allegations that the chemical causes lung disease in workers who inhale it at factories, the Indianapolis Star reports. "We want to take our brand out of any potential controversy," says Michael Weaver,... More »

Some Laser Printers May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Office machines puff pollutants like smokers

(Newser) - Working near a laser printer might be as bad for you as second-hand smoke, according to a new study. Some major brands of printers emit particles of toner that can damage the lungs of people nearby—and even light concentrations can potentially cause heart and lung diseases. More »

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