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May 29, 2017

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May 29, 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

Antibiotic Therapy for Nearly One in Four Adults With Pneumonia Does Not Work

May 22, 2017 — Approximately one in four (22.1 percent) adults prescribed an antibiotic in an outpatient setting (such as a doctor's office) for community-acquired pneumonia does not respond to treatment, ... read more

Two Biomarkers Appear to Predict Course of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

May 22, 2017 — Two T cell biomarkers appear to predict the survival trajectory of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a lung disease that has a varied, but ultimately devastating, impact on patients, ... read more

May 19, 2017 — Lung cancer patients are particularly susceptible to malignant pleural effusion, when fluid collects in the space between the lungs and the chest wall. Researchers have discovered a novel mechanism ... read more

Brigatinib First Drug to Offer Over 1-Year Control of ALK-Positive Lung Cancer Post-Crizotinib

May 17, 2017 — The FDA has approved brigatinib as a second-line therapy for ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer, offering new hope for ... read more

Researchers Identify Changes in Lung Cells Following Infections

May 17, 2017 — When people develop a respiratory infection, recovery from their illness leaves behind an immunological memory that influences how they will respond to later infections. In a new study, researchers ... read more

Link Found Between Donor, Infection in Heart, Lung Transplant Recipients

May 16, 2017 — Researchers have identified a possible cause for a rare infection in heart and lung transplant recipients: the ... read more

Prototype Drug Uses Novel Mechanism to Treat Lung Cancers

May 16, 2017 — Lung cancer tumors were prevented in mice by a novel small molecule that directly activates a tumor suppressor protein, report researchers in a new ... read more

Immune Cells Rely on Receptor to Signal Counterattack on Parasitic Worm

May 12, 2017 — Immune cells, called macrophages, may rely on a compound to signal an attack to beat back attacks from parasitic worms, according to an international team of ... read more

May 10, 2017 — Biologists have identified a major switch that occurs as lung adenomas transition to more aggressive adenocarcinomas -- and that blocking this switch prevents the transition. The findings suggest ... 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

White Blood Cell Count Predicts Response to Lung Cancer Immunotherapy

May 4, 2017 — White blood cell counts can predict whether or not lung cancer patients will benefit from immunotherapy, according to new ... read more

Immunotherapy Targets in Early-Stage Lung Cancer

May 4, 2017 — Immunotherapy, which has achieved remarkable results in late-stage lung cancer patients, can also hold great hope for newly diagnosed patients, cutting the deadly disease off before it has the chance ... read more

May 3, 2017 — Scientists have announced two major findings that further our understanding of how stem cells become organs: the ability to grow and purify the earliest lung progenitors that emerge from human stem ... read more

Men Need More Frequent Lung Cancer Screening Than Women

May 1, 2017 — Personalized screening strategies, such as a gender approach, could be a way to optimize results and allocate resources ... read more

Apr. 27, 2017 — Substances produced by a harmful bacterium in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients may enhance the growth of other bacteria that, in turn, inhibit the harmful bacterium's biofilm, according to ... read more

Tracking Unstable Chromosomes Helps Predict Lung Cancer's Return

Apr. 26, 2017 — Scientists have found that unstable chromosomes within lung tumors increases the risk of cancer returning after surgery, and have used this new knowledge to detect relapse long before standard ... read more

Nanoparticles Can Travel from Lungs to Blood, Possibly Explaining Risks to Heart

Apr. 26, 2017 — Tiny particles in air pollution have been associated with cardiovascular disease, which can lead to premature death. But how particles inhaled into the lungs can affect blood vessels and the heart ... read more

Improving Response to Toxic Inhalation Disasters

Apr. 21, 2017 — Better medical responses to the accidental or intentional release of inhaled toxic chemicals are being developed, but the field faces considerable challenges, according to a new report by an ... read more

Apr. 20, 2017 — The lungs secrete a specialized enzyme capable of destroying chitin, without which chitin particles inhaled from the environment can accumulate in the airways and trigger inflammatory lung disease, ... read more

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