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Study finds anti-inflammatory drug may help fight fungal infection of the lungs

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCHESTER,, N.Y. An anti-inflammatory drug approved 60 years ago may help fight against a fungal infection of the lungs that is deadly to patients with compromised immune systems.

Patients with weakened immune systems, particularly those with AIDS and cancer, are at risk of developing Pneumocystis pneumonia, or PCP, a form of pneumonia caused by the fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii, and dying from it.

But according to a study published Thursday in the journal PLoS Pathogens, the drug sulfasalazine may help fight the fungus by enhancing the body’s ability to “chew” it up rather than leaving the debris in the lungs, which can lead to further inflammation. Pharmacia and Upjohn, now part of Pfizer, originally marketed the drug under the brand name Azulfidine; the Food and Drug Administration approved it in 1950.

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Season six of the ‘The Office’ heads to Blu-ray, DVD

BY Allison Cerra

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. The sixth season of documentary-style comedy “The Office” now is available on Blu-ray and DVD.

As part of this groundbreaking set, the Blu-ray release of season six of “The Office” will allow fans to access content like never before via BD-Live. Through their Internet-connected Blu-ray player using BD-Live, purchasers now will have an opportunity to watch the latest five episodes from the seventh season after they air on their home televisions. Season seven episodes will be available in HD, pending individual Internet connection speeds.

This season of “The Office” focuses on the evolving lives of Dunder Mifflin’s hilariously irreverent employees, including Jim and Pam’s wedding and the birth of their daughter, Michael’s affair with a married woman and the acquisition of Dunder Mifflin by Sabre, a printer manufacturer.

The Blu-ray and DVD both are available on Sept. 7 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

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Dollar General looks to sell beer, wine in select markets

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Dollar General on Wednesday confirmed the company is test-marketing the sale of beer — and wine, where allowed — in select stores throughout the Southeast.

According to published reports, those initial test markets include Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Over time, Dollar General expects to offer beer and/or wine in about half of its 9,000 stores nationwide, the company stated.

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