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High fibre diet improves lung health in smokers

Researchers at the University of Auckland have found that a diet high in fibre helps reduce harmful inflammation in the lungs of ...

Scientists to study causes of asthma using organisms without lungs

Scientists from Royal Holloway, University of London, will research the biology of human asthma by using a slime mould, an organism which ...

Vitamin C may help people who suffer from respiratory symptoms after exercise

Physical activity increases oxidative stress, and therefore, as an antioxidant vitamin C might have particularly evident effects on people who are participating in vigorous exercise. In several studies, vitamin C administration attenuated the increases in oxidative stress markers caused by exercise. Furthermore, vitamin C is involved in the metabolism of histamine, prostaglandins, and cysteinyl leukotrienes, all of which appear to be mediators in the pathogenesis of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. ... Full story

Scourge of the City: Looking Back at UCSF's Battle with Tuberculosis

San Francisco map of tuberculosis cases, 1912-1914. Map courtesy of Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley ... Full story

Vitamin D reduces lung disease flare-ups by over 40%

Vitamin D supplements can reduce COPD lung disease flare-ups by over 40% in patients with a vitamin D deficiency – according to new research from Queen Mary University of London. ... Full story

SickKids study finds clinical pattern that may promote early diagnosis of rare lung disease

TORONTO – Only a few hours after birth, Maya Murphy experienced respiratory distress, leaving the newborn unable to breathe and nurse at the same time. An X-ray of her chest revealed that her heart was on the opposite side of her body, a condition called situs inversus. ... Full story

Ferret genome study provides respiratory system clues

The study was coordinated by Michael Katze and Xinxia Peng at the University of Washington (UW) and Federica Di Palma at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), and Jessica Alfoldi at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. ... Full story

COPD risk can be cut by stopping smoking now

Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement ... Full story

Turtles use muscle power to breathe due to rigid shellTurtles use muscle power to breathe due to rigid shell

Turtle shells are unique in the animal kingdom. In order to be able to breathe in this inflexible casing, tortoises have a muscle sling which is attached to the shell to ventilate the lung. ... Full story

CT lung screening appears cost-effective

In 2010 the National Lung Screening Trial showed that screening for cancer with low-dose CT scans could reduce mortality by 20 percent compared to chest X-rays. But is it cost-effective? A new study’s calculations reveal that it is, but that depends on assuming many answers to questions that remain open. ... Full story

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