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Essential Science: Cleaning chemicals linked to lung cancer

The association between household cleaning chemicals and respiratory problems has been raised over the past decade. A new study from the University of Bergen in Norway raises concerns about the longer-term impact.

New imaging method tracks cystic fibrosis drug Special

A new imaging technique called hyperpolarized helium MRI scanning could aid in the development of improved therapies for lung diseases like cystic fibrosis.

Sugar molecule slows down respiratory disease

A type of sugar molecule can reduce the inflammatory response and progression of emphysema, according to a new study. This could lead to a new, biological drug to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

New device for growing replacement lungs

The idea of developing artificial lungs for organ donation remains a goal for the medical establishment, given that a high proportion of people die due to the scarcity of available lungs. A new technique brings this closer.

University hospital offers futuristic lung donation tune-up

A novel method has been developed that could double the number of available lungs for transplantation in the U.S. The method renders lungs that might otherwise be rejected as suitable for use.

Top ten asthma triggers in the home

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America have put forward the top ten triggers for asthma in the home. The information is useful for asthma sufferers or their carers for minimizing the impact.

Essential Science: How implanted coils help to fight lung disease

London - A new method to treat severe breathing problems caused by lung disease has shown success in a small French clinical study. The new technique's advantage? It is only moderately invasive.

Vaping is safer than smoking, new study

London - The e-cigarette versus traditional tobacco smoking has edged forward with a new study concluding e-cigarettes are safer than smoking tobacco products.

Pneumonia is a growing cause of hospitalization in U.S.

Washington - Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of hospitalization among adults in the U.S., to the extent that the medical costs exceeded $10 billion. It is also a major reason for death.

E-cigarettes 'may still harm the lungs and immune system'

New research has suggested that e-cigarette vapour contains toxic chemicals that are damaging to the body, implying they are not a safe alternative to traditional smoking and adding to the continuing debate about the health risks of "vaping."

Canada leads the way for lung disease day Special

Toronto - November 19 is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a day designed to mark and promote the importance of lung health.

New clues about kid's disease enterovirus D68

Scientists have mapped that genome of enterovirus D68, taken from patients treated at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The virus is currently causing a series of infections in the U.S., causing severe respiratory illness in children.

Plant grown treatment for pulmonary hypertension

People suffering with pulmonary hypertension have few treatment options. However, a novel therapy, that has been trialled in animals, has the potential to be an effective therapy.

New insight on cystic fibrosis lung infection

Scientists from Denmark have demonstrated precisely how bacteria can grow directly in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. This insight into bacteria behavior and growth in chronic infections should help with treatment.

Nanotech lung infection device developed

Researchers have developed a low-cost, disposable breath analysis device for people with cystic fibrosis. The device sends data to a smartphone in the event of a lung infection.

Top tips for asthma care Special

Asthma can be a difficult condition, especially in the young, and a number of factors can trigger the condition. To help children with asthma, Digital Journal spoke with a leading medic.

Human stem cells used to create lung tissue

Researchers have created functioning human lung cells from stem cells. This is the first time this process has been undertaken successfully.

Living near highways may be hazardous to your health

A new study revealed how Americans living close to busy highways or roads are more likely to contract various diseases compared to those living far from congested streets.

New finding offers clues about emerging asthma

Data suggests that a common blood-clotting protein plays a role in allergic asthma. The protein interacts with the immune system triggering respiratory attacks.

Major lung cancer study to take place

A major scientific study is to take place into lung cancer patients globally. The objective of the research is to reveal new insights into how the disease develops.

Three Times for Luck—and Maybe a New Home for Riley Special

Philadelphia - On March 5th, after three years, three months, three weeks, and three days waiting for a heart and lungs, and following two surgeries canceled at the last minute, the third time proved to be Riley O’Brien’s lucky charm.

Fungi offer new clues for asthma treatment

Cardiff - From a review of fungal particles found in the lungs of asthma sufferers, scientists think that they have the foundations for developing new treatments.

Organ Donations Critically Needed Especially For Little Riley Special

Somerdale - A four-year-old boy named Riley O’Brien needs a heart and two lungs transplanted as soon as possible. In fact, he’s needed the transplant for his entire life, starting before he was even born.

Scientific breakthrough helps people live without breathing

Boston - It sounds like science fiction or magic, like when Harry Potter discovered he could breathe underwater with Gillyweed. But now scientists have developed microparticles injected into the bloodstream that can keep a person alive without breathing.

Study: Marijuana doesn't harm lung functionality

Results published by researchers from California and Alabama Universities have shown that smoking pot doesn't harm a user's lung functionality.

Study: Taste receptors found in the lungs

In a recent study, researchers from the University of Maryland found taste receptors in the lungs. This is a breakthrough for people with asthma and COPD.

No, it's not cancer, it's a pea plant growing inside his lung

Brewster - It's funny when you think about it. And the 75-year old retired teacher that it happened to thought it was nuts. But there it was, a pea sprout growing inside his lung, giving him some very nasty symptoms.

Study: Plant-based antioxidants protect lungs from H1N1

While immunization may be the best defense against swine flu, a new study shows that antioxidants in certain foods may also protect against H1N1 and help prevent lung damage from the virus.

Study examines swine flu's deep lung attachment

UK researchers examine the relationship between the H1N1 swine flu virus and the receptors on deep lung cells. The findings help explain why this is a dangerous virus.

Cannabis joint hits lungs like 5 cigarettes

Researchers from the Medical Research Institute, New Zealand have found out that smoking Cannabis impacts the lungs two to five times more than smoking cigarette alone caused by deep inhaling and filter less joints.
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