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Lung Cell Found to Act as Sensor, Regulator of Immune Response

An uncommon and little-studied type of cell in the lungs has been found to act like a sensor, linking the pulmonary and ...

Women at higher risk to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

New findings indicate that the risk of developing COPD is twice as high for women as it is for men. Photo: MostPhotos ...

Researchers identify process that causes chronic neonatal lung disease

Members of a UT Southwestern team whose research identified a key trigger of the neonatal lung disease BPD included (l-r) Drs. Vishal Kapadia, Naeun Cheong, Rashmin Savani, and Jie Liao. ... Full story

Medical staff helps heart-lung transplant patients celebrate during holidays

The staff of the UCLA program that serves heart and lung transplant patients help them celebrate their newfound health with an annual holiday party, one of adults and another for children. ... Full story

Sea traffic pollutes our lungs more than previously thought

New data presented by researchers at Lund University and others in the journal Oceanologia show that the air along the coasts is full of hazardous nanoparticles from sea traffic. Almost half of the measured particles stem from sea traffic emissions, while the rest is deemed to be mainly from cars but also biomass combustion, industries and natural particles from the sea. ... Full story

UC Research Offers New Insights Into a Rare Lung Disease

CINCINNATI—New research from an investigative team at the University of Cincinnati (UC) has identified biomarkers and potential therapeutic approaches that may hold the key to treating pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis (PAM), a rare lung disease. ... Full story

Age of Donor Affects Stem Cell Effectiveness in Repairing Lung Damage from Pulmonary Fibrosis

Miller School of Medicine researchers have found that the age of a donor mouse affects the ability of its mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to repair damage to the lungs caused by pulmonary fibrosis. ... Full story

'Dickensian' lung disease rates on the rise in UK pensioners

Chest xrayThe number of people diagnosed with bronchiectasis, a lung condition thought to be a ‘disease of the past’, has risen considerably in the past decade and now affects more than 1% of UK pensioners, according to a new study in the European Respiratory Journal. ... Full story

Smokers with Normal Lung Function Test May Still Be at Risk for Developing Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease

A non-invasive and quick lung function test frequently used to evaluate whether or not a smoker is at risk for developing pulmonary disease is likely mislabeling a significant percentage of smokers as healthy, a research team led by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators suggests. ... Full story

Vaccine Against Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Shows Promise in Early Trial

Researchers describe a new approach to developing RSV vaccines, reporting promising early results in young children ... Full story

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