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iPLATO introduces  new ‘smoking QOF’ feature on innovative myGP app ahead of NHS financial year

iPLATO introduces new ‘smoking QOF’ feature on innovative myGP app ahead of NHS financial year

Once again, the end of the NHS financial year is fast approaching with GP surgeries preparing for their busiest time of year in the lead up to 31st March 2017. [More]
New UGA research finds pathogen's motility activates immune response

New UGA research finds pathogen's motility activates immune response

Until now, a pathogen's ability to move through the body has been overlooked as a possible trigger of immune response, but new research from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine found that motility will indeed alarm the host and activate an immune response. [More]
FDG PET-CT imaging helps assess anatomical structure and metabolic activity in patients with GLILD

FDG PET-CT imaging helps assess anatomical structure and metabolic activity in patients with GLILD

A new proof of concept study has shown that an imaging technique more commonly used to assess cancer patients may also be of help in assessing disease and treatment effects in patients with inflammatory diseases. [More]
NTM lung infections

NTM lung infections

Nontuberculous mycobacteria are part of a group of bacteria called mycobacteria. The non-tuberculous mycobacteria are, as the name suggests, mycobacteria that are not tuberculosis. They're also not leprosy, but they are the other members of the bacteria group termed mycobacteria. [More]
Getting drugs to bugs in NTM lung infections: an interview with Dr Jakko van Ingen

Getting drugs to bugs in NTM lung infections: an interview with Dr Jakko van Ingen

The first thing that is important to stress is that this is an area that we actually know very little about. What we generally think, rather than know, is that NTM has a lot in common with pulmonary tuberculosis. [More]
Deprived patients with chronic lung disease more likely to face malnutrition risk

Deprived patients with chronic lung disease more likely to face malnutrition risk

Patients with chronic lung disease living in deprived areas are more likely to be malnourished than those from wealthier postcodes, a QUT study has found. [More]
Researchers find wide price variability in generic heart failure drugs

Researchers find wide price variability in generic heart failure drugs

New research from Saint Louis University finds that the prices for commonly used generic heart failure drugs varies widely. [More]
Researchers create tissue-engineered model of lung and trachea to study disease process

Researchers create tissue-engineered model of lung and trachea to study disease process

Scientists at Children's Hospital Los Angeles have developed a tissue-engineered model of lung and trachea which contains the diverse cell types present in the human respiratory tract. [More]
U-M researchers successfully transplant lab-grown mini lungs into immunosuppressed mice

U-M researchers successfully transplant lab-grown mini lungs into immunosuppressed mice

Researchers at the University of Michigan have transplanted lab-grown mini lungs into immunosuppressed mice where the structures were able to survive, grow and mature. [More]
Breakthrough research paves way for developing new asthma treatments

Breakthrough research paves way for developing new asthma treatments

'The study demonstrated for the first time that a protein called PP5 was significantly upregulated in the lungs of severe asthmatic patients compared to healthy controls. We are extremely excited by this paradigm shift observation.' - Dr Yassine Amrani, University of Leicester. [More]
Physically active children in urban areas have high black carbon exposure, study finds

Physically active children in urban areas have high black carbon exposure, study finds

Children from urban areas of New York City who engaged in vigorous daily exercise had greater exposure to black carbon, a traffic-related pollutant, than children who were less active, according to a study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons and Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. [More]
Scientists discover potential new target for protective vaccines against Chagas disease

Scientists discover potential new target for protective vaccines against Chagas disease

Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development researchers have identified a potential new target for vaccines that activates a part of the immune system not previously known to be protective against Chagas disease, tuberculosis and AIDS, as well as other diseases. [More]
Patient focussed video resources highlight benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation

Patient focussed video resources highlight benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation

A set of video resources highlighting the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR)is being circulatedthis month to almost 2,200 GPs and clinicians across the North East and North Cumbria. [More]

Study assesses accuracy of COPD diagnoses and utilization of spirometry in primary care clinics

According to the recommendations of the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), spirometry should be performed to establish the diagnosis of COPD in any patient who has a history of chronic cough, sputum production, difficulty breathing, or exposure to risk factors. [More]
New research finds remarkable similarity between infant's nose and lung cells

New research finds remarkable similarity between infant's nose and lung cells

Cells from an infant's nose are remarkably similar to those found in the lungs, a discovery that could lead to much more precise diagnosis of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other infant lung diseases, according to new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center. [More]
Penn researchers receive $5.2 million NIH grant to study mechanisms that promote lung regeneration

Penn researchers receive $5.2 million NIH grant to study mechanisms that promote lung regeneration

Penn Medicine researchers, along with colleagues at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Boston University, have received a $5.2 million, seven-year grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to study the cellular and molecular mechanisms that promote lung regeneration. [More]
An inclusive approach to COPD research: an interview with Dr David Leather

An inclusive approach to COPD research: an interview with Dr David Leather

About eight years ago the WHO put out a call saying that we needed data that better represented real world patients. Our ambition was to create evidence earlier in the life cycle of medicine that better represented the population that would... [More]
No added benefit proven for pulmonary arterial hypertension drug, IQWiG finds

No added benefit proven for pulmonary arterial hypertension drug, IQWiG finds

Selexipag is approved for long-term treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in adults with moderate to severe symptoms. [More]
SLU receives HRSA grant for training family physicians and medical family therapists in behavioral health

SLU receives HRSA grant for training family physicians and medical family therapists in behavioral health

Saint Louis University has received a $1.87 million grant to strengthen behavioral health training for family physicians, who often are the primary physician seen by many adults and children, and for medical family therapists who practice alongside them. [More]
Gene therapy may be viable approach for treating CF lung problems

Gene therapy may be viable approach for treating CF lung problems

Two new studies from the University of Iowa suggest that gene therapy may be a viable approach for treating or preventing lung disease caused by cystic fibrosis. [More]
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