Complex inhalers could prevent some patients from taking medicine, study suggests
Respiratory disease patients with arthritis could struggle to manage their conditions because their inhalers are too fiddly for them to use, new research has found.
Women who clean at home or work face increased lung function decline
Women who work as cleaners or regularly use cleaning sprays or other cleaning products at home appear to experience a greater decline in lung function over time than women who do not clean, according to new research.
Unusual lung structures may raise risk of pulmonary disease
The internal anatomy of our lungs is surprisingly variable, and some of those variations are associated with a greater risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study has found.
Diet rich in apples and tomatoes may help repair lungs of ex-smokers, study suggests
The natural decline in lung function over a 10-year period was slower among former smokers with a diet high in tomatoes and fruits, especially apples, suggesting certain components in these foods might help restore lung damage caused by smoking.
Defect in zinc supply mechanism affects pathology of intractable pulmonary diseases
Researchers revealed that abnormal delivery of zinc to lung cells contributes to obstructive pulmonary diseases. They further showed that mRNA splicing abnormalities are involved in the detailed mechanism. So far, the importance of zinc in the lung has only been understood from a nutritional aspect. This discovery is thought to be the first to clarify zinc's effects on the regulation of mRNA ligation (splicing), and its involvement in the onset of pulmonary diseases.
New study offers insights on genetic indicators of COPD risk
Researchers have discovered that genetic variations in the anatomy of the lungs could serve as indicators to help identify people who have low, but stable, lung function early in life, and those who are particularly at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) because of a smoke-induced decline in lung function.
What to know about hypercapnia
A look at hypercapnia, a condition where there is too much carbon dioxide in the blood. Included is detail on symptoms and risk factors.
Tomatoes may restore lung damage caused by smoking
A diet rich in tomatoes and other fruits may counteract the damage to lungs caused by smoking and slow down lung function decline among all adults.
New clues to COPD linked to proteostasis imbalance caused by cigarette smoke
Free radicals can reach the endoplasmic reticulum, a cellular organelle that is critical in manufacturing and transporting fats, steroids, hormones and various proteins, and alter its function by oxidizing and damaging its most abundant and crucial to protein folding chaperone, Protein Disulfide Isomerase (PDI).
What is a spigelian hernia?
Learn about spigelian hernias, a rare type of hernia that can cause painful symptoms and requires surgery. We also take a look at diagnosis and recovery.
New opioid use in older adults with COPD associated with increased risk of death
Older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who start using opioids have a more than two-fold higher risk of dying from a respiratory-related complication compared to non-opioid users, researchers have found.
Early echocardiography to study pulmonary hypertension in mouse model of bronchopulmonary dysplasia
Researchers who focus on bronchopulmonary dysplasia and pulmonary hypertension, a common lung disease in premature infants, have shown that echocardiography can be used to detect the pulmonary hypertension in neonatal mice at an earlier time point than previously thought.
Predicting the risk for developing pneumonia in older adults
Researchers have developed a 'prediction score' to help healthcare professionals determine which older adults might be most at risk for developing pneumonia.
Health-care costs are bad medicine
New research shows one in four chronically ill Australians is skipping health care because of high costs.
Asthma pill could reduce symptoms in severe sufferers
The first new asthma pill for nearly 20 years has the power to significantly reduce the severity of the condition, a new study has found.
Pulmonary complications in adult survivors of childhood cancer
A new article outlines the pulmonary outcomes among childhood cancer survivors. The study also evaluates the impact of complications such as asthma, chronic cough, emphysema and recurrent pneumonia on daily activities.
Lung disease costs set to rise to £2.5bn per year, experts project
The cost of treating a smoking-related chronic lung disease will exceed more than £2.3 billion per year in England by 2030, research suggests. Researchers say that healthcare services should adapt now to be able to meet the rising demand.
Immune cells as biomarkers for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Researchers have discovered that the number of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) is increased in the blood of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The higher the number of MDSC, the more limited the lung function, they note.
New research method questions traditional efficacy trial model
Traditional efficacy trials have limited relevance to everyday clinical practice and should be changed, according the authors of a new study into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatments.
Physical activity reduces anxiety and depression in patients with COPD, study suggests
A new study shows that increased physical activity among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) reduces their risk of anxiety or depression.