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Moderate lifetime marijuana smoking associated with airway irritation but not lung function

A research study based on analysis of publicly available data has found that recent marijuana use was associated with symptoms of airway ...

Penn-led Study: Children With Respiratory Failure Can Be Awake Yet Comfortable in ICU

For small children, being hospitalized is an especially frightening experience above and beyond the challenges of whatever they are being treated for. ...

Can Omega-3 Fatty Acids Combat COPD?

$1.6 million NIH Grant Funds Research to Stop Smoking-Related Lung Disease ... Full story

Lung transplant patients who receive organs from heavy drinkers may be at risk for worse outcomes

MAYWOOD, Il. – Lung transplant patients who receive lungs from heavy drinkers are nearly nine times more likely to experience a life-threatening complication called primary graft dysfunction, a Loyola University Medical Center study has found. ... Full story

Baby, we’ve come a long way in measuring lung function

UQ researchers are part of an international team that has developed a new technique for measuring a baby’s lung function after birth if the mother smoked during pregnancy. ... Full story

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 smokers. ... Full story

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 has no lungs but could hold the key to new treatments. ... Full story

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

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