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Pulmonary fibrosi is a condition in which tissue deep in your lungs becomes thick and stiff, or scarred, over time. The development of the scarred tissue is called fibrosis. As the lung tissue becomes thicker, your lungs lose their ability to move oxygen into your bloodstream. As a result, your brain and other organs don't get the oxygen they need.

In some cases, doctors can find out what's causing the fibrosis. But in most cases, they can't find a cause. They call these cases idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). IPF is a serious condition. About 200,000 Americans have it. About 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. IPF mostly affects people who are 50 to 75 years of age. IPF varies from person to person. In some people, the lung tissue quickly becomes thick and stiff. In others, the process is much slower. In some people, the condition stays the same for years. IPF has no cure yet. Many people live only about 3 to 5 years after diagnosis. The most common cause of death related to IPF is respiratory failure.
Researchers discover link between NOX4 enzyme and osteoporosis

Researchers discover link between NOX4 enzyme and osteoporosis

Genkyotex, the leading developer of NOX enzyme inhibitors, announced today that a group of collaborators have discovered a link between the enzyme NOX4 and development of osteoporosis. [More]
Promedior starts Phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate PRM-151 in patients with myelofibrosis

Promedior starts Phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate PRM-151 in patients with myelofibrosis

Promedior, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel biologic therapeutics for the treatment of fibrosis, announced today that it has initiated a Phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate PRM-151, its lead product candidate, in patients with myelofibrosis. [More]
IPF World Week underlines the need for integrated approach towards idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

IPF World Week underlines the need for integrated approach towards idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

This year's IPF World Week (September 21-29) sees healthcare professionals, patient advocacy groups, people living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), who have an estimated median survival time of two to five years, and their families calling for an integrated approach to further strengthen the national and international network of people working to support patients with this fatal orphan lung disease. [More]
Improved lung function in patients with moderate asthma severity observed with investigational Tiotropium

Improved lung function in patients with moderate asthma severity observed with investigational Tiotropium

Boehringer Ingelheim will present a pooled analysis of new data from the Phase 3 UniTinA-asthma® program at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress 2013 in Barcelona. The data from the individual MezzoTinA-asthma® Phase 3 studies (NCT01340209 and NCT00565266), from which the pooled data are derived, show the addition of tiotropium delivered via the Respimat® inhaler to medium-dose maintenance inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) therapy (defined as 400-800 µg budesonide/day or equivalent) improved lung function and provided sustained bronchodilation over 24 hours in patients with moderate asthma and airflow limitation. Tiotropium is being investigated to determine the medicine’s efficacy in treating asthma patients and is not currently approved for this indication. [More]
Patients with COPD show improvements in lung function with olodaterol

Patients with COPD show improvements in lung function with olodaterol

Data from the olodaterol Phase 3 clinical program, presented for the first time at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress 2013 in Barcelona, showed the addition of olodaterol 5 and 10 µg delivered once daily via the Respimat® inhaler provided improvements in lung function in patients with moderate to very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). [More]
Miniscule signaling molecule plays critical role in certain acute and chronic diseases

Miniscule signaling molecule plays critical role in certain acute and chronic diseases

Scientists seeking to harness the healing power of a miniscule signaling molecule that plays a critical role in certain acute and chronic diseases have been awarded a Program Project Grant (PPG) of nearly $10 million by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. [More]
AstraZeneca, FibroGen partner to develop, commercialize anemia drug candidate FG-4592

AstraZeneca, FibroGen partner to develop, commercialize anemia drug candidate FG-4592

AstraZeneca and FibroGen today announced that they have entered into a strategic collaboration to develop and commercialize FG-4592, a first-in-class oral compound in late stage development for the treatment of anemia associated with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease. [More]
FibroGen, Astellas initiate Phase 2 study of ASP1517/FG-4592 for treatment of anemia linked with CKD

FibroGen, Astellas initiate Phase 2 study of ASP1517/FG-4592 for treatment of anemia linked with CKD

Astellas Pharma Inc. (Tokyo:4503) (Astellas) and FibroGen, Inc. (FibroGen) announced today the initiation of a Phase 2 clinical study in Japan of ASP1517/FG-4592 for treatment of anemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients on dialysis. [More]
AIFA approves pricing and reimbursement conditions for InterMune's Esbriet

AIFA approves pricing and reimbursement conditions for InterMune's Esbriet

InterMune, Inc. today announced that the Board of the Italian Drug Agency has approved the pricing and reimbursement conditions for Esbriet (pirfenidone), and that the agreement has been published in the Official Gazette, the official journal of the government of Italy. [More]
PRISM Pharma announces closing of $15 million Series C financing

PRISM Pharma announces closing of $15 million Series C financing

PRISM Pharma Co., Ltd., a drug discovery company focused on developing small molecule technologies that modulate protein-protein interactions, today announced the close of an approximately $15 million (approximately ¥1.4 billion) Series C financing. [More]
MUC5B gene variation improves survival in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

MUC5B gene variation improves survival in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Variation in the gene MUC5B among patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis was associated with improved survival, according to a study published online by JAMA. The study is being released early online to coincide with its presentation at the American Thoracic Society international conference. [More]
Boehringer Ingelheim's tiotropium shows promising results in patients with severe persistent asthma

Boehringer Ingelheim's tiotropium shows promising results in patients with severe persistent asthma

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced data from Phase 2 and Phase 3 studies from the Company's ongoing clinical trial program investigating the efficacy and safety of tiotropium in asthma. These data were presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [More]
Boehringer Ingelheim to highlight respiratory research work at ATS 2013

Boehringer Ingelheim to highlight respiratory research work at ATS 2013

Boehringer Ingelheim will contribute to advancing the scientific discussion in respiratory disease at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Philadelphia, PA, May 17 – 22. [More]
Boehringer Ingelheim updates HCPs, patients on COMBIVENT RESPIMAT Inhalation Spray

Boehringer Ingelheim updates HCPs, patients on COMBIVENT RESPIMAT Inhalation Spray

As part of the company's commitment to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leader in respiratory health, is updating healthcare professionals and patients that the transition to COMBIVENT RESPIMAT (ipratropium bromide and albuterol) Inhalation Spray for the maintenance treatment of COPD is nearly complete. [More]
Study identifies seven new genetic regions associated with pulmonary fibrosis

Study identifies seven new genetic regions associated with pulmonary fibrosis

A new genome-wide association study of more than 6,000 people has identified seven new genetic regions associated with pulmonary fibrosis. In findings published online in Nature Genetics on April 14, 2013, researchers at National Jewish Health, the University of Colorado and several other institutions found a number of genes associated with host defense, cell-cell adhesion and DNA repair, which provide clues to possible mechanisms underlying this currently untreatable disease. [More]
Study shows TOLLIP gene variant is linked to increased mortality risk in IPF patients

Study shows TOLLIP gene variant is linked to increased mortality risk in IPF patients

A new study looking at the genomes of more than 1,500 patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a rare and devastating lung disease, found multiple genetic associations with the disease, including one gene variant that was linked to an increase in the risk of death. [More]
Study finds genetic variation is associated with pulmonary fibrosis risk

Study finds genetic variation is associated with pulmonary fibrosis risk

A newly published study of patients with pulmonary fibrosis has discovered multiple genetic variations that should help with future efforts to treat the disease. [More]
New study examines role of mast cells in development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

New study examines role of mast cells in development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic, deadly disease that affects five million people worldwide. It is irreversible, its cause is poorly understood, and it has a median survival of only about 3 years. [More]
Scientists identify potential treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Scientists identify potential treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have unlocked another piece of the puzzle surrounding idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an often fatal lung disease with no cure and no effective treatments. [More]
CPF and PFF to partner with ATS to fund pulmonary fibrosis research

CPF and PFF to partner with ATS to fund pulmonary fibrosis research

The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, and the American Thoracic Society-the world's leading professional organization for pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine-today announced that the CPF and the PFF will again partner with the ATS to fund pulmonary fibrosis research. [More]
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