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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

Telomeres Linked to Origins of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

July 2, 2015 — Researchers have now discovered that telomeres, the structures that protect the chromosomes, are at the origin of pulmonary fibrosis. This is the first time that telomere damage has been identified ... read more

New Chronic Lung Disease Guidelines Over-Diagnose Older Men and Under-Diagnose Younger Women

July 1, 2015 — New guidelines for diagnosing chronic lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD), should be modified because they over-diagnose COPD in older men and under-diagnose COPD in young ... read more

Blood Test for Lung Cancer a Step Closer

June 29, 2015 — Two oncologists and a research scientist are helping pave the way to an easier, more accurate, less invasive way to screen for the most common form of lung cancer. Lung cancer is the most common ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Particulate matter from gasoline engines is harmful to our airways, regardless of whether the engines are a bit older or comply with environmental standards. Fine dust particles allow pathogens to ... read more

Annual Low-Dose CT Screening Safe, Reliable for Identifying Pre-Cancers

June 23, 2015 — An annual exam using a key imaging technology could spare patients with lung nodules from unnecessary tests and surgery. The study authors found the imaging technology, called low-dose computed ... read more

CT Allows Nonsurgical Management of Some Lung Nodules

June 23, 2015 — People who have nonsolid lung nodules can be safely monitored with annual low-dose computed tomography screening, according to a new study. Researchers said the findings could help spare patients ... read more

Statins Show Promise to Reduce Major Complications Following Lung Surgery

June 22, 2015 — Statins have been shown to reduce complications from cardiovascular surgery. To determine whether statins might also help those undergoing major lung surgeries, a team of researchers conducted a ... read more

Millions of Smokers May Have Undiagnosed Lung Disease

June 22, 2015 — More than half of long-term smokers and ex-smokers who are considered disease-free because they passed lung-function tests have respiratory-related impairments when more closely evaluated with lung ... read more

Age-Related Inflammatory Processes Facilitate Development of COPD

June 17, 2015 — At present, there is a lack of effective treatments that target the causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Scientists are therefore investigating the molecular causes of COPD in ... read more

Lung Transplant Survival Rates Good for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

June 15, 2015 — The five-year survival rate for Canadians with cystic fibrosis who have received a lung transplant is 67 percent, new research finds. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the ... read more

Potential Treatment for Fatal Lung Diseases

June 12, 2015 — Researchers have discovered that the drug triciribine may reverse or halt the progression of pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension, two respiratory diseases that are almost invariably fatal. ... read more

Physical Activity Decreases Over Time at All Levels of COPD Severity, Leading to Further Decline

June 12, 2015 — Physical activity decreases substantially over time in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at all levels of severity, according to a new ... read more

Why Obesity Predisposes to Severe Respiratory Failure

June 12, 2015 — A hormone that regulates blood sugar levels may be the key to reducing the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome in obese patients, a new study ... read more

Comorbid Conditions Associated With Worse Lung Cancer Survival

June 11, 2015 — Lung cancer patients with comorbid conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, or congestive heart failure have a higher risk of death than lung cancer patients without ... read more

Survival Benefit With 'Fully Human' EGFR Antibody Necitumumab in Squamous NSCLC

June 10, 2015 — Results of a 1,093-person phase III clinical trial of the drug Necitumumab (IMC-11F8) combined with chemotherapies gemcitabine and cisplatin against stage IV squamous non-small cell lung cancer have ... read more

Multimodality Treatment for Metastatic Lung Cancer With Surgery May Improve Survival Rates

June 10, 2015 — Patients diagnosed with an advanced form of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer may benefit from surgical resection (removal of all or part of the lung) in combination with chemotherapy and ... read more

Dynamic Whole-Body PET Detects More Cancer

June 8, 2015 — Imaging lung cancer requires both precision and innovation. With this aim, researchers have developed a technique for clinical positron emission tomography (PET) imaging that creates advanced ... read more

New Approach for Treating Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

June 8, 2015 — Researchers have identified a potential novel drug target for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a dangerous chronic lung disease. They elucidated a new mechanism of fibrosis formation that plays an ... read more

Researchers Targeting Host Rather Than Flu Virus Have Success With New Treatment in Mice

June 5, 2015 — People who die from the flu actually die from respiratory failure. A curious researcher wondered what would happen if someone developed a treatment that would prevent blood vessels from leaking into ... read more

June 3, 2015 — An experimental procedure using one-way valves to achieve lung volume reduction shows promise for an emphysema patient. Emphysema, a lung disease usually caused by smoking, damages air sacs in the ... read more

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