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2011-12-02 01:37:00

Tracking individual cells within the lungs as they move around and multiply has given Duke University researchers new insights into the causes of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) a disease which can only be treated now by lung transplantation. IPF fills the delicate gas exchange region of the lung with scar tissue, progressively restricting breathing. The Duke University Medical Center researchers have discovered that some commonly held ideas about the origins of the scar-forming...

2011-11-11 06:51:45

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Hope for better lungs! According to a recent study, the oral medication ivacaftor provides major, sustained improvement in lung function, growth and other signs and symptoms for cystic fibrosis patients. The study marks the first time a drug has been shown to work on the disease process rather than on the symptoms. Cystic fibrosis, which has no cure, is the most common lethal genetic disease in Caucasians. "Ivacaftor represents a significant advancement in the...

2011-10-24 09:10:05

NIH stops one treatment arm of trial; Other two treatments to continue The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has stopped one arm of a three arm multi-center, clinical trial studying treatments for the lung-scarring disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) for safety concerns. The trial found that people with IPF receiving a currently used triple-drug therapy consisting of prednisone, azathioprine, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) had...

2011-10-16 21:29:56

Diagnostic tool for distinguishing intestinal inflammation from fibrosis could allow doctors to deliver efficient, timely treatment It's difficult for doctors to tell whether a patient with Crohn's disease has intestinal fibrosis, which requires surgery, or inflammation, which can be treated with medicine. A new imaging method might make that task easier, according to a U-M-led study. Ultrasound elasticity imaging, or UEI, could allow doctors to noninvasively make the distinction...

2011-10-12 13:28:20

New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that cigarette smoke interferes with the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator protein, leading to dry, sticky mucus and increased infections If you smoke cigarettes, you have more in common with someone who has cystic fibrosis than you think. A new research report appearing online in the FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) shows that smoking cigarettes affects the lungs in a way that is very similar to cystic fibrosis, a life...

2011-10-10 07:00:00

Agile Sciences will collaborate with Dr. Richard Boucher, Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) October 10, 2011 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Agile Sciences a Phase I STTR Grant to evaluate the efficacy of Agile Sciencesâ proprietary Agilyteâ“ž¢ anti-biofilm molecules for treating lung infections of cystic fibrosis patients. The molecules will be tested in...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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