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2012-03-08 10:46:16

An excessive intake of cured meats, such as salami, chorizo and bacon, can increase readmission to hospital for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study by Spanish researchers from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) in Barcelona. The research was published online ahead of print today (08 March 2012) in the European Respiratory Journal. Previous research has shown a link between the intake of cured meats and the risk of...

2012-03-01 02:04:41

Inhaled interferon-gamma may be an effective treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a chronic and progressive form of lung disease caused by excessive formation of fibrotic, or scar tissue, in the lungs, according to an article published in Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery (http://www.liebertpub.com/jamp), a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (http://www.liebertpub.com) The article on inhaled interferon-gamma...

2012-02-21 07:45:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesothelioma experts will gather on Saturday, May 12th 2012 at the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica, CA for the 2nd Annual International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. Dr. Robert Cameron, Director of the UCLA Mesothelioma Comprehensive Research Program and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, will lead the symposium again this year. Dr. Cameron has been a leading proponent of...

2012-02-13 05:00:00

Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy uses GPS-like technology to locate, biopsy and prepare to treat a lesion in the lung. Youngstown, Ohio (PRWEB) February 13, 2012 The St. Elizabeth Pulmonary Health and Research Center now offers a new procedure called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) that offers patients a minimally-invasive option to locate, enable biopsy and plan treatment for lesions detected deep in the lung. St. Elizabeth is one of the first in the area to provide...

2012-02-07 23:14:52

A new study published in the journal Respirology reveals that a high level of soft drink consumption is associated with asthma and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Led by Zumin Shi, MD, PhD, of the University of Adelaide, researchers conducted computer assisted telephone interviewing among 16,907 participants aged 16 years and older in South Australia between March 2008 and June 2010 inquiring about soft drink consumption. Soft drinks comprised Coke, lemonade, flavored...

2012-01-27 10:40:05

Exacerbation severity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be reliably assessed with the COPD Assessment Test (CAT), according to a new study from the UK. "There is currently no widely accepted standardized method for assessing symptom severity at exacerbations in COPD patients," said Dr Alex J Mackay, MBBS, MRCP, clinical research fellow at the Academic Unit of Respiratory Medicine, University College London. "Incorporating CAT scores into the assessment of...

2012-01-18 22:35:14

From the cherry red tip of a lighted cigarette through the respiratory tract to vital lung cells, the havoc created by tobacco smoke seems almost criminal, activating genes and portions of the immune system to create inflammation that results in life-shortening emphysema, said researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In a report online in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the scientists, including two from...

2012-01-12 14:49:40

Sufferers of smoking related lung diseases could have their debilitating symptoms reduced following the discovery of a potential new treatment. The discovery, by researchers at the University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia, and the Brigham and Women´s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, US, could dramatically improve treatments and slow the progression of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) which includes the incurable condition emphysema. COPD is a...

2012-01-12 06:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Inverseon, Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing drug therapies for the treatment of pulmonary disorders, announced that while it anticipates that its asthma program will advance with non-dilutive grants, it is focused on smoking cessation as the initial indication for INV102. William J. Garner, MD, Chairman, said, "The prioritization of smoking cessation, and also an inhaled COPD program, makes sense for Inverseon given the regulatory hurdles...

2012-01-11 10:09:11

Smoking may be associated with the development of molecular features of cancer in the large airway epithelium. In the small airway epithelium, molecular cancerization is associated with development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to recent data. "We are striving to find the earliest molecular changes that are induced by environmental stressors – in this case, smoking," said Renat Shaykhiev, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of genetic medicine at Weill Cornell...