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October 22, 2016

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October 22, 2016

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

Ceritinib Provides Longer Progression-Free Survival Than Chemotherapy in Phase III Trial of ALK Rearranged Lung Cancer Treatment

Oct. 9, 2016 — Ceritinib provides longer progression-free survival than chemotherapy in crizotinib-pre-treated patients with non-small-cell lung cancer harbouring an ALK rearrangement, according to results of the ... read more

Significant Survival Gains With Atezolizumab Vs Docetaxel for Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer

Oct. 9, 2016 — The first phase III study of PD-L1 inhibitor  atezolizumab in previously-treated non-small-cell lung cancer has seen significant improvements in survival compared to standard chemotherapy, ... read more

Neoadjuvant Immunotherapy Prior to Surgery Is Safe, Feasible in Early Lung Cancer

Oct. 7, 2016 — Neoadjuvant immunotherapy with the PD-1 inhibitor nivolumab is safe and feasible prior to surgery for early lung cancer, researchers ... read more

Bladder Cancer Research Rife With New Approaches

Oct. 4, 2016 — The FDA approval of Tecentriq ushered in the first new treatment for advanced bladder cancer in 30 ... read more

Blood Pressure Drug May Boost Effectiveness of Lung Cancer Treatment

Sep. 27, 2016 — A blood pressure drug may make a type of lung cancer treatment more effective, suggests a new study. Almost 2 million people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year worldwide and it is the top ... read more

Newly Discovered Immune Cell Type Protects Against Lung Infections During Chemotherapy

Sep. 26, 2016 — Scientists have discovered a previously unrecognized form of macrophage in mice. The immune cells survived chemotherapy and protected against life-threatening lung ... read more

Advances in Radiation Therapy Have Improved Survival Rates for Early Stage Lung Cancer Patients

Sep. 26, 2016 — A new analysis of records in the Veteran's Affairs Central Cancer Registry demonstrates a clear positive impact of the increased use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) to treat ... read more

Team Compares Effectiveness of Four PD-L1 Tests

Sep. 23, 2016 — In a recent study, a research team compared the performance of the four available PD-L1 assay tests. They found that one of the assays failed to reveal comparable levels of PD-L1, a tumor-promoting ... read more

Sep. 15, 2016 — New clinical practice guidelines have now been published for the diagnosis and management of lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a rare lung disease that primarily affects women of child-bearing ... read more

Testing for Damage to Airways Caused by Drinking, Smoking

Sep. 14, 2016 — Cells in the lung are constantly exposed to oxygen and intermittently exposed to other environmental factors, resulting in a susceptibility to oxidative injury. Both alcohol use disorders (AUDs) and ... read more

Computer Algorithm Illuminates Need of High-Volume Hospitals and Standard Care for Transplant Patients

Sep. 13, 2016 — Using the results from a computerized mathematical model, researchers investigated whether they could improve heart and lung transplantation procedures by transferring patients from low-volume to ... read more

Study Examines Survival Outcomes After Different Lung Cancer Staging Methods

Sep. 13, 2016 — Accurate mediastinal nodal staging is crucial in the management of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) because it directs therapy and has prognostic value. Now researchers have examined five-year ... 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

Ginger, Chili Peppers Could Work Together to Lower Cancer Risk

Sep. 7, 2016 — For many people, there's nothing more satisfying than a hot, spicy meal. But some research has suggested that capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, might cause cancer. Now ... read more

No Consensus on How the Microbiome Affects Tuberculosis, Review Finds

Sep. 7, 2016 — Inconsistencies across studies and sampling errors remain major barriers to understanding how the lung microbiome changes with tuberculosis, according to a new ... read more

TB Can Persist in Lungs Despite Treatment, Researchers Find

Sep. 6, 2016 — It has been known that the microbe that causes TB, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, can persist in the lungs even after patient tissue samples test negative for the bacteria. In new research, scientists ... read more

High Quality Evidence Suggests Vitamin D Can Reduce Asthma Attacks

Sep. 6, 2016 — New research has found evidence from randomized trials, that taking an oral vitamin D supplement in addition to standard asthma medication is likely to reduce severe asthma attacks. Asthma is a ... 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

Reduced Fetal Size Linked to Increased Asthma Risk and Reduced Lung Function in Children

Sep. 5, 2016 — New research shows that reduced fetal size is linked to increased asthma risk and reduced lung function in children aged 5 to 15 ... read more

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