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Toxins from Food Mold Weaken Airways' Defenses to Cause More Damage

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Strengthen Airway Immunity to Fight Infections, Penn Study Suggests ...

Circulating Immune Cells as Biomarkers for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Neuherberg - Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the German Center for Lung Research (DZL), have discovered that the number ...

Can airway hyperreactivity in COPD identify an asthma-COPD overlap phenotype?

Airway hyperreactivity, which is determined by a positive bronchoprovocation challenge test, is a typical feature of bronchial asthma. Airway hyperreactivity may thus represent a subgroup of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who have an “asthmatic" component. However, there are no diagnostic tools for identifying COPD patients with asthmatic features and little is known on how (or if) the asthmatic features modify patient-related outcomes in COPD. ... Full story

Ship Engine Emissions Adversely Affect Macrophages

Neuherberg - Ship emissions adversely affect the health of inhabitants of coastal regions. This was the main finding of a study on the influence of ship engine emissions on macrophages in the lungs conducted by scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München and the University of Rostock in cooperation with colleagues of the University of Luxembourg, the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Eastern Finland, which has now been published in the journal PLOS ONE. Since macrophages also play a key role in lung diseases such as COPD, the study is important for understanding the health risks of ship exhausts. ... Full story

Viruses turbo-charge bacterial evolution in cystic fibrosis infections

Scientists at the University of York have found new evidence that tiny viruses called bacteriophages turbo-charge the evolution of bacteria that cause lung infections in Cystic Fibrosis patients. ... Full story

Multi-centre trial to test new treatment for chronic cough

Trial to test the first new cough drug in 50 years The trial will use a cough monitor that was developed by Professor Smith and ... Full story

Australian coal dust exposure controls in need of overhaul

A string of recent reported cases of 'black lung' or Coal workers pneumoconiosis (CWP) in Australia has led to a call for changes to national coal dust exposure control and screening standards. ... Full story

Sporadic Steroids May Be as Effective as Daily Dose For Some Preschoolers With Wheezing

UCSF-Led Study Suggests Asthma Treatment Guidelines Due for Update ... Full story

Researchers raise concerns over eCig safety

Thousands of electronic cigarette users are risking dangerous levels of lung inflammation, the first study of its kind has revealed. ... Full story

Viagra may help children with fatal lung disorder

Physicians at The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) have found that the drug sildenafil, also known as Viagra, may help children suffering from pulmonary arterial hypertension. This research is reported in the June 14, 2005 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. ... Full story

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