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Examining COPD As One Of Six Leading Causes Of Illness, Death

The New York Times on Thursday examined chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S., as part of a series on the six leading causes of illness and death. COPD can occur as emphysema, which "destroys air sacs deep in the lungs," and chronic bronchitis, which "causes inflammation, congestion and scarring in the airways," according to the Times. In the U.S., COPD kills 120,000 residents annually.

Scientists Identify Factor Key To Severity Of CA-MRSA

Newly described proteins in drug-resistant strains of the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium attract and then destroy protective human white blood cells - a key process ensuring that S. aureus survives and causes severe disease, according to scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.