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Australia Is First Nation to Ban Popular, but Deadly, Stone

Nation is phasing out engineered stone, as more young workers develop silicosis

(Newser) - Australia has become the first nation to ban the use of engineered stone following years of advocacy from doctors and unions who raised the alarm on its dangers to workers, reports the Guardian . A report from watchdog group Safe Work Australia this year found that stonemasons developed silicosis, a deadly...

Incurable Disease Plaguing Young Stone Cutters

They're being diagnosed with silicosis at higher rates, even in their 20s

(Newser) - An incurable lung disease called silicosis is on the rise among stone cutters, particularly young Latino immigrants concentrated in northern Los Angeles. The reason? Increasing demand for more engineered stone countertops, which contain higher levels of silica, the Los Angeles Times reports. And though the disease is not new,...

Smoking Pot May Not Be as Safe as You Think
Smoking Pot May Not Be
as Safe as You Think

Smoking Pot May Not Be as Safe as You Think

Marijuana users had higher rates of emphysema than tobacco-only smokers

(Newser) - A new study is countering the "public perception that marijuana is safe" or at least "safer than cigarettes," says author Giselle Revah, a radiologist at the Ottawa Hospital General in Canada's capital. As ABC News reports, rates of emphysema, airway inflammation, and enlarged breast tissue were...

Doctors: Lungs Have Been 'Torched' in Vaping Patients

Mayo Clinic experts say damage resembles that seen after chemical weapon attacks

(Newser) - Doctors still aren't sure exactly what has caused a spate of vaping-related deaths and illnesses around the country—but they know it is doing horrific damage to people's lungs. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say tests of lung tissue from 17 patients show a pattern of injury that...

Some Who Make Popular Countertops Are Getting Sick, Dying

New report finds silicosis may be on the rise

(Newser) - A disturbing new report finds 18 workers in the US developed a lung illness—and two of them died—after making kitchen and bathroom countertops from engineered stone. As NPR explains in an extensive article, the artificial stone used for such countertops, which have been increasing in popularity for about...

Mom on Stranger's Kind Act: 'I Cried My Way Up the Aisle'

Good Samaritan offered her his first-class seat when he saw her with baby, oxygen tank on flight

(Newser) - To the passenger who was in seat 2D on American Airlines Flight 588 on Thursday, America applauds you. As does Kelsey Zwick, a young mom on that same flight with her 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, headed from Orlando to Philly to receive treatment for the baby's chronic lung disease. USA ...

A Final Gift From Teacher Murdered in Texas School

Cynthia Tisdale's story is now bringing in money for treatment of her seriously ill husband

(Newser) - One of the victims in the Santa Fe school shooting was Cynthia Tisdale, a 63-year-old substitute teacher who WFMY reports was killed Friday while teaching a first-period art class. But while family and friends mourn her death in this "terrible act of violence," BuzzFeed notes a glimmer of...

CDC Wants to Know What's Killing Dentists in Virginia

Cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis higher among dentists at Virginia care center

(Newser) - A deadly lung disease is killing dentists in Virginia at a notably high rate, and the CDC wants to know why, CNN reports. Friday's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reveals eight dentists and a dental technician were treated for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis at a Virginia care center between 2000...

Powder Meant to Save Miners May Be Killing Them Instead

For decades miners were forced to inhale aluminum dust

(Newser) - Between the 1940s and 1980s, miners in Ontario went through a strange ritual at the start of every workday: They'd take off their street clothes, enter a room where their work clothes hung, and as soon as the doors closed, watch the room fill with black powder that they...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Your Fireplace Could Give You Cancer
 Your Fireplace Could 
 Give You Cancer 
study says

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’...

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...

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...

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...

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