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Statin drugs safe but ineffective in the treatment of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, research finds

By Leslie Shepherd - Cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins are safe to give to patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, but they ...

UB study: COPD patients breathe easier with Lung Flute

Six-month study demonstrates longer-term benefits to patients from device made by Buffalo-based Medical Acoustics ...

Coping Techniques Help Patients With COPD Improve Mentally, Physically

By Duke Medicine News and Communications -DURHAM, N.C. -- Coaching patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to manage stress, practice relaxation and participate in light exercise can boost a patient’s quality of life and can even improve physical symptoms, researchers at Duke Medicine report. ... Full story

Experts at LSTM use novel modelling approach to assess the effectiveness of new diagnostics for TB

Experts at LSTM have used a novel modelling approach to project the effects of new diagnostic methods and algorithms for the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) recently endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), looking at the patient, health system and population perspective in Tanzania. ... Full story

Reversing the effects of pulmonary fibrosis with a microRNA mimic

By Jim Shelton - Yale University researchers are studying a potential new treatment that reverses the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars develop in the lungs and severely hamper breathing. ... Full story

Researchers find new targets for treating pulmonary hypertension

x-ray of Pulmonary HypertensionTwo new potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, a deadly disease marked by high blood pressure in the lungs, have been identified by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Their findings are reported in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. ... Full story

Drugs used to treat lung disease work with the body clock

Scientists from The University of Manchester have discovered why medication to treat asthma and pneumonia can become ineffective. The findings, published recently in Nature Medicine, were identified as part of a BBSRC-funded project to identify cell types within the lung that are regulated by biological clock timers. ... Full story

FDA approves donor lung preservation device that may result in more lung transplants

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the XVIVO Perfusion System (XPS) with STEEN Solution, a device for preserving donated lungs that do not initially meet the standard criteria for lung transplantation but may be transplantable if there is more time to observe and evaluate the organ’s function to determine whether the lung is viable for transplantation. ... Full story

New study to improve tuberculosis treatments

The University of Southampton has been awarded $1.4 million (approximately £833,260) to develop new treatments to fight tuberculosis. ... Full story

Temple offers promising new drugs for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Temple Lung Center is testing two new investigational drugs in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. ... Full story

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