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Penn Team Pinpoints Developmental Gene that Regulates Repair and Regeneration in Adult Lungs

New role for hedgehog gene offers better understanding of lung disease ...

High opioid use in older people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease raises safety concerns

Researchers are raising safety concerns about high rates of new opioid use among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to ...

First UK Biobank genetic study reveals new associations with lung disease and smoking behaviour

University of Leicester researcher co-leads study into how genetics affect likelihood of a person smoking ... Full story

COPD sufferers prescribed most sedatives

New research has revealed that Norwegian COPD sufferers are prescribed even more sedatives than psychiatric patients. The researchers behind the study believe that this is problematic because the drugs in question are addictive and inhibit lung function. ... Full story

Lung ‘filtering’ technique can reduce transplant rejection

University of Manchester researchers have used a new technique to recondition poorly functioning lungs and remove donor white blood cells in an attempt to increase the number of lungs available for transplant, and at the same time reduce the risk of acute rejection. ... Full story

Experts Perform First Tracheobronchoplasty in Area, Helping Patient Breathe

Traci Altizer, 39, a Richmond, Kentucky, resident and a second- and third-grade special education elementary school teacher, says she—along with her physicians—thought she was asthmatic. ... Full story

Columbia Engineering Team Develops Targeted Drug Delivery to Lung

New Method May Provide More Effective Treatments of Many Lung Diseases ... Full story

MouthLab: Patients' Vital Signs Are Just a Breath Away

Engineers and physicians at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have developed a hand-held, battery-powered device that quickly picks up vital signs from a patient’s lips and fingertip. Updated versions of the prototype, called MouthLab, could replace the bulky, restrictive monitors now used to display patients’ vital signs in hospitals and gather more data than is typically collected during a medical assessment in an ambulance, emergency room, doctor’s office or patient’s home. ... Full story

Combination Treatment for Fatal Lung Disease Shows Promise

Study in New England Journal of Medicine Describes New Therapy for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension ... Full story

What’s lurking in your lungs? Surprising findings emerge from U-M microbiome research

Findings could lead to better prevention & treatment of pneumonia & more ... Full story

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