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2010-01-27 09:45:59

Possible drug targets identified to alleviate critical symptoms associated with emphysema Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is defined by emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis. It destroys the normal architecture of the lung and inhibits the mechanical aspects of breathing, which prevents necessary gas exchange. Patients suffer from coughing fits, wheezing, and increased incidence of lung infections. These symptoms are associated with changes in the architecture of the lung. The air...

2010-01-21 07:00:00

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Elevation Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of new aerosol therapies for patients with respiratory diseases, announced today the closing of a $30 million tranched Series A financing. Investors participating include Canaan Partners, TPG Growth, Care Capital, and Mesa Verde Venture Partners. Concurrent with this financing, Elevation has added to its board of directors Brent Ahrens, General Partner at Canaan,...

2010-01-20 18:25:17

Sponsored by the NHLBI, study shows that COPD, even when mild, limits heart function A new study from Columbia University Medical Center researchers, has found that the heart's ability to pump effectively is diminished among people with a common lung disease, even in people with no or mild symptoms. Published in the Jan. 21, 2010 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the research is the first to show a strong link between heart function and mild COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary...

2010-01-20 18:17:09

A common lung condition, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) diminishes the heart's ability to pump effectively even when the disease has no or mild symptoms, according to research published in the Jan. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study is the first time researchers have shown strong links between heart function and mild COPD. The research was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health. Researchers...

2009-12-28 13:32:05

Children regularly exposed to tobacco smoke at home were more likely to develop early emphysema in adulthood. This finding by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health suggests that the lungs may not recover completely from the effects of early-life exposures to tobacco smoke (ETS). The study is published in the December 2009 American Journal of Epidemiology. This population-based research is the first to examine the association of childhood ETS with early emphysema...

2009-12-17 15:57:21

What: Researchers have discovered evidence that suggests a genetic variant may be associated with better preserved lung function among children with asthma and adults who smoke, according to a new study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), which is part of the National Institutes of Health. The study also found an association between the genetic variant and a lowered risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults who smoke. COPD is a lung...

2009-12-15 23:58:59

Dendritic cell changes suggest new strategy to identify and treat debilitating lung disease A new study links chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, with increased activity of cells that act as sentinels to activate the body's immune system. The University of Michigan and Veterans Affairs research adds to growing awareness of the immune system's role in COPD, a serious, progressive lung disease that affects more than 12 million Americans with wheezing, shortness of breath, chest...

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2009-12-13 15:43:03

New genetics study by consortium led by universities of Leicester and Nottingham Scientists have discovered five genetic variants that are associated with the health of the human lung. The research by an international consortium of 96 scientists from 63 centers in Europe and Australia sheds new light on the molecular basis of lung diseases. The new findings provide hope for better treatment for lung diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma. In the past it has been...

2009-12-02 15:00:04

The persistence of inflammation in the lungs of smokers and even ex-smokers creates an environment that encourages emphysema, a disease that makes breathing more and more difficult. Why some people have this problem and others do not remained a mystery until a consortium of researchers led by Baylor College of Medicine found that the answer lies with certain dendritic cells in the lung. Dendritic cells are antigen-presenting cells, meaning they show proteins to the immune system to provoke a...

2009-11-04 12:15:05

Patients with early stage, non-small cell lung cancer who are not able to undergo surgery, now have a highly effective treatment option. Physicians say that option, radical stereotactic radiosurgery performed with CyberKnife, leads to a 100 percent overall survival after three years in patients with good lung function before treatment. These are the results of a study presented today at the annual CHEST meeting in San Diego. The study is a semifinalist for an Alfred Soffer Research Award,...


Latest emphysema Reference Libraries

Lung
2013-01-01 15:53:59

The lung is a vital organ that is a part of the respiratory system. Generally a person has two lungs; however, the body can function with only one. The lung’s main function is to move oxygen and carbon dioxide into and out of the bloodstream through gas exchange. The lungs are located lateral to the heart in the thoracic cavity. Each lung has a tip called the apex, which is superior in the body. The bases of the lungs rest on the diaphragm. They appear to be spongy due to their bundles of...

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