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Aflatoxin exposure can weaken airways' defenses opening door for severe respiratory diseases

Aflatoxin exposure can weaken airways' defenses opening door for severe respiratory diseases

Toxins from mold found growing on nuts or corn can weaken the airways' self-clearing mechanisms and immunity, opening the door for respiratory diseases and exacerbating existing ones, suggests a study in Nature Scientific Reports published this month from otolaryngology researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Novartis gets three FDA approvals for expanded use of biologic drug to treat rare autoinflammatory diseases

Novartis gets three FDA approvals for expanded use of biologic drug to treat rare autoinflammatory diseases

Novartis announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration has granted three simultaneous approvals for the expanded use of Ilaris (canakinumab) to treat three rare and distinct types of Periodic Fever Syndromes. [More]
DNA damage caused by smoking may last a lifetime

DNA damage caused by smoking may last a lifetime

Results of a study published this week show that the effects of smoking on DNA are wide-reaching and some persist long after a person has stopped smoking. The information gained may help improve our understanding of smoking-related diseases. [More]
Adequate parent-child relationship may offer protection against all chronic illnesses in later life

Adequate parent-child relationship may offer protection against all chronic illnesses in later life

Growing up in a well-off home can benefit a child's physical health even decades later — but a lack of parent-child warmth, or the presence of abuse, may eliminate the health advantage of a privileged background, according to a Baylor University study. [More]
Mice study finds new antiviral that can control flu infection

Mice study finds new antiviral that can control flu infection

A molecule the body produces naturally in response to virus infection could be a viable flu treatment in the future, suggest researchers at the Francis Crick Institute in London. [More]
Binge-eating disorder may lead to other endocrine and circulatory systems-related illnesses

Binge-eating disorder may lead to other endocrine and circulatory systems-related illnesses

Binge-eating disorder (BED) was linked with a broad range of other illnesses in a recent study, with the strongest associations related to the endocrine and circulatory systems. [More]
ATS releases new clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis, management of LAM

ATS releases new clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis, management of LAM

The American Thoracic Society and the Japanese Respiratory Society have published new clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a rare lung disease that primarily affects women of child-bearing age. [More]
Acute COPD exacerbations linked to long-term decline in lung function

Acute COPD exacerbations linked to long-term decline in lung function

Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, are associated with significant long-term lung function loss, according to research published online, ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. [More]
Study examines link between PTSD and cognitive impairment in WTC responders without head injury

Study examines link between PTSD and cognitive impairment in WTC responders without head injury

New research published by the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring confirms the connection between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and cognitive impairment - in this case, among those who helped with search, rescue and cleanup efforts following the 2001 World Trade Center (WTC) attacks. [More]
Experts underscore need to tackle rising global problem of stem cell medical tourism

Experts underscore need to tackle rising global problem of stem cell medical tourism

Stem cell medical tourism and unproven stem cell interventions are growing and concerning issues for patients afflicted with lung disease. [More]
ATS releases guidelines to help pediatricians evaluate infants with recurrent, persistent wheezing

ATS releases guidelines to help pediatricians evaluate infants with recurrent, persistent wheezing

The American Thoracic Society has issued clinical practice guidelines to help pediatricians and pediatric pulmonologists evaluate infants with recurrent or persistent wheezing. [More]
Novel community-produced biological network models hold potential in drug discovery and toxicology

Novel community-produced biological network models hold potential in drug discovery and toxicology

A new set of community-produced biological network models has been shown to allow a deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying a range of diseases. [More]

Pulmatrix announces positive results from Phase 1 study of novel dry powder formulation in COPD patients

Pulmatrix, Inc., today announced positive topline data from a Phase 1 pilot pharmacokinetic bioavailability trial of PUR0200. PUR0200 is a novel dry powder formulation of a currently marketed once daily bronchodilator, formulated in the company's proprietary iSPERSETM dry powder delivery technology. [More]
Obesity is linked with premature death, particularly in men

Obesity is linked with premature death, particularly in men

Being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of premature death, according to the largest ever study into obesity and death. [More]
Exposure to London's 1952 smog linked to increased incidence of childhood, adult asthma

Exposure to London's 1952 smog linked to increased incidence of childhood, adult asthma

London's Great Smog of 1952 resulted in thousands of premature deaths and even more people becoming ill. [More]
Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats in diet can confer substantial health benefits

Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats in diet can confer substantial health benefits

Consuming higher amounts of unsaturated fats was associated with lower mortality, according to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. [More]
Advances in inhaled drug delivery: an interview with Dr Robert Clarke

Advances in inhaled drug delivery: an interview with Dr Robert Clarke

Delivering drugs to the lungs via inhalation has a number of potential advantages over traditional routes of administration like pills or injections. For treating pulmonary diseases, the obvious logic we are applying is topical delivery to the airways via inhalation. [More]
Depression reduces COPD maintenance medication adherence in older adults

Depression reduces COPD maintenance medication adherence in older adults

A recent study in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society found that in a nationally representative sample of Medicare beneficiaries who were newly diagnosed with COPD, adherence to maintenance medications decreased with new episodes of depression. [More]
New HET wearable system may help track user’s wellness to predict asthma attacks

New HET wearable system may help track user’s wellness to predict asthma attacks

Researchers have developed an integrated, wearable system that monitors a user's environment, heart rate and other physical attributes with the goal of predicting and preventing asthma attacks. [More]
Flu jab linked to reduced hospitalisation risk in heart failure patients

Flu jab linked to reduced hospitalisation risk in heart failure patients

The flu jab is associated with a reduced risk of hospitalisation in patients with heart failure, according to research presented today in a late breaking trial session at Heart Failure 2016 and the 3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure. [More]
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