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Study finds shared network of genes in COPD and pulmonary fibrosis

By Ziba Kashef - Research on chronic lung diseases has primarily focused on studying conditions, such as emphysema or lung fibrosis, in ...

RMIT research into novel therapies to effectively treat lung diseases

RMIT research investigates whether exposure to cigarette smoke and flu virus may prevent lung medications from working properly. ...

New electronic stethoscope and computer program diagnose lung conditions

The classic stethoscope has entered the digital age. Medical researchers have created a computer program that connects to an electronic stethoscope to classify lung sounds into five common diagnostic categories. ... Full story

SoCal’s reduction in smog linked to major improvement in children’s respiratory health

Bronchitic symptoms on the decline as pollution levels drop in Los Angeles region over the past two decades ... Full story

Exposure to cigarette smoke and flu virus may prevent lung medications working properly

New study backs up observations in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients showing reduced effectiveness of symptom-reliever medication (B2-adrenoceptor agonists) in flare-ups linked to cigarette smoking and infection with viruses such as influenza. ... Full story

Surgeons test technology with potential to expand lung transplant donor pool

Device designed to recondition lungs, keep organs thriving outside body ... Full story

Excessive Iron in the Lung Implicated in COPD

Excessive iron buildup in the lungs could be a major cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Weill Cornell Medicine scientists find in a new study. The investigators also believe that they have identified the culprit for the excess: A gene they previously found to increase patients' susceptibility to the progressive lung disease. ... Full story

Pulmonary embolism treatment widely used, despite uncertain benefit

By Karen N. Peart - Despite being costly and of little proven benefit, a procedure for treating pulmonary embolism with blood clot filters is routinely used in older adults, Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues found in a new study. ... Full story

Rare respiratory disease gene carriers actually have increased lung function

New research has revealed the healthy carriers of a gene that causes a rare respiratory disease are taller and larger than average, with greater respiratory capacity. The disease, alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) can result in severely reduced lung capacity due to emphysema. It is found in about 1 in 2,000 people, and occurs when an individual inherits a defective gene copy from both parents. ... Full story

The Nightly Fight to Breathe

By Quinn Eastman, Photos by Jack Kearse ... Full story

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