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May 26, 2017

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May 26, 2017

Loss of Airway Blood Vessels Is Associated With Risk of Death in Smokers Without COPD

May 23, 2017 — In a new study, CT-measured vascular pruning – the diminution of distal pulmonary blood vessels (vessels on the outer edges of the lungs) – was associated with increased risk of death in smokers ... read more

Quit-Smoking Drug Safe for Patients With Lung Disease, Study Finds

May 10, 2017 — Medication that helps smokers to quit is safe for use by people with chronic lung conditions, research ... read more

New Potential Route to Treat Asthma Discovered

Feb. 6, 2017 — Researchers believe they have isolated a protein that, when missing or depleted, can cause airway constriction, production of mucus, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing for the 334 million ... read more

New Genetic Markers for COPD Discovered

Feb. 6, 2017 — Investigators describe 13 new genetic regions associated with COPD, including four that have not previously been associated with any type of lung function. The researchers also found overlap of the ... read more

Why Is Asthma Worse in Black Patients?

Jan. 6, 2017 — African Americans may be less responsive to asthma treatment and more likely to die from the condition, in part, because they have a unique type of airway inflammation, according to a study. The ... read more

Sugar Element of Keratan Sulfate Halts the Progress of Emphysema

Dec. 27, 2016 — Using a mouse model, scientists have identified a sugar molecule that reduced the inflammatory response and progress of emphysema, a common component of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). ... read more

Shortness of Breath Is an Important Signal of Potential Disease

Dec. 19, 2016 — Shortness of breath is an often overlooked symptom of what may be heart failure or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). New research shows that with early intervention, patients can avoid ... read more

Dec. 16, 2016 — In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the patients' lungs lose their ability to repair damages on their own. Scientists now have a new idea as to why this might be so.They blame the ... read more

Novel Approach in Primary Care Setting May Help Identify Patients With COPD

Oct. 28, 2016 — With five simple questions and an inexpensive peak expiratory flow (PEF) meter, primary care clinicians may be able to diagnose many more patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, ... read more

Oct. 27, 2016 — Researchers have developed an airway-on-a-chip that supports living small-airway-lining cells from normal or diseased human lungs and an instrument that "breathes" cigarette smoke in and ... read more

Study Questions Benefits of Long-Term Home Oxygen Therapy for COPD Patients With Moderately Low Blood Oxygen Levels

Oct. 27, 2016 — Long-term supplemental oxygen treatment results in little or no change in time to death, time to first hospitalizations or significant quality of life improvements for those with moderately low blood ... read more

Researchers Study Diagnostic Error in Asthma, COPD

Oct. 13, 2016 — A $1.5 million grant has been awarded to a research team to study the impact of diagnostic error on outcomes for pulmonary patients and the use of lung-function testing in primary care. Studies ... read more

As the Thermostat Goes Up, COPD Symptoms May Worsen

Sep. 30, 2016 — High indoor temperatures appear to worsen symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, particularly in homes that also have high levels of air pollutants, according to new ... read more

Component of Red Wine, Grapes Can Help to Reduce Inflammation, Study Finds

Sep. 28, 2016 — A component of red wine and grapes can help control inflammation induced by a bacterial pathogen that is linked to upper respiratory tract inflammatory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive ... read more

COPD Exacerbations Lead to Lung Function Decline, Particularly Among Those With Mild COPD

Sep. 8, 2016 — Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, are associated with significant long-term lung function loss, according to new ... read more

Physical Activity Reduces Anxiety and Depression in Patients With COPD, Study Suggests

Sep. 5, 2016 — A new study shows that increased physical activity among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) reduces their risk of anxiety or ... read more

New Research Method Questions Traditional Efficacy Trial Model

Sep. 4, 2016 — Traditional efficacy trials have limited relevance to everyday clinical practice and should be changed, according the authors of a new study into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ... read more

Immune Cells as Biomarkers for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Sep. 2, 2016 — Researchers have discovered that the number of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) is increased in the blood of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The higher the number of MDSC, ... read more

Lung Disease Costs Set to Rise to £2.5bn Per Year, Experts Project

Sep. 1, 2016 — The cost of treating a smoking-related chronic lung disease will exceed more than £2.3 billion per year in England by 2030, research suggests. Researchers say that healthcare services should adapt ... read more

Pulmonary Complications in Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Aug. 15, 2016 — A new article outlines the pulmonary outcomes among childhood cancer survivors. The study also evaluates the impact of complications such as asthma, chronic cough, emphysema and recurrent pneumonia ... read more

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