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Study finds adverse respiratory outcomes for older people with COPD taking benzodiazepines

A group of drugs commonly prescribed for insomnia, anxiety and breathing issues “significantly increase the risk” that older people with chronic obstructive ...

Research insights into lung diseases focus of new centre

Coinciding with the launch of a dedicated Lung Health Research Centre, researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered a new insight ...

Penn Researchers Determine Mechanism by Which Lung Function is Regulated in Rare Disease Known As Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome

PHILADELPHIA — Researchers at Penn Medicine have discovered that the tumor suppressor gene folliculin (FLCN) is essential to normal lung function in patients with the rare disease Birt-Hogg-Dube (BHD) syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, skin and kidneys. Folliculin’s absence or mutated state has a cascading effect that leads to deteriorated lung integrity and an impairment of lung function, as reported in their findings in Cell Reports. ... Full story

Pulmonary Hypertension Deaths Have Increased According to CDC Report in the Journal CHEST

Deaths from pulmonary hypertension have increased over the past decade, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ... Full story

Gut Metabolism, Not Stomach Size, Credited for Weight-Loss Success of VSG

CINCINNATI—It’s not the size of the stomach that causes weight loss after a specific type of bariatric surgery, but rather a change in the gut metabolism, say researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC), the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. ... Full story

Cough relief for lung disease patients

Common cholesterol-lowering drugs could provide relief to patients suffering from a chronic lung disease, a study has shown. ... Full story

Improving lung function in premature babies

High-frequency breathing support for premature babies could lead to better lung function in later life ... Full story

New research links body clocks to chronic lung diseases

The body clock’s natural rhythm could be utilized to improve current therapies to delay the onset of chronic lung diseases. ... Full story

New study to help identify and treat silent disease

A new study to identify patients with undiagnosed lung disease is to begin in West Hampshire. ... Full story

Working pressures increase children attending nursery with respiratory tract infections

Working parents are often caught between the needs of their sick child and their job, which can lead to continued day care use even when their child is ill. New research has found children going to nursery when they are unwell with respiratory tract infections (RTIs) may be an important factor in the spread of these illnesses in the community. ... Full story

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