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2011-03-11 16:04:50

Monitoring blood for tiny particles released by cells lining the lungs may help clinicians diagnose emphysema in its earliest stages, according to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College. The particles, called endothelial microparticles (EMPs), are shed during the disease process as tiny blood vessels in the lungs, called pulmonary capillaries, are injured and die. The findings were published online ahead of the print edition of the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of...

2010-08-24 08:03:40

We've all been there; catching up with an old friend from school over a few drinks and some light hearted banter.  Suddenly, that old friend reaches into their jacket pocket and pulls out a pack of cigarettes.  He offers you one.  You think to yourself, "I'll smoke just one.  It's not a big deal."  You're not a smoker.  You just enjoy the occasional smoke, right? Casual smokers beware: exposure to even the lowest levels of cigarette smoke may put people at risk...

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2010-08-22 15:45:00

According to a new study, even low levels of tobacco smoke exposure poses a risk to lung health, triggering potentially hazardous genetic changes. Researcher Ronald Crystal, MD, chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, told WebMD that the hazards of secondhand smoke have been known for years.  "But there were never any studies that had looked at the biology, why this is the case."His study demonstrates that even...

2010-08-20 15:06:57

First study to show alteration in the function of genes in the lungs resulting from secondhand and low-level smoking Casual smokers may think that smoking a few cigarettes a week is "no big deal." But according to new research from physician-scientists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, having an infrequent smoke, or being exposed to secondhand smoke, may be doing more harm than people may think. The findings may further support public smoking bans, say the...