Respiratory Diseases

Respiratory Diseases Respiratory diseases encompass pathological conditions affecting the organs and tissues that make gas exchange possible in higher organisms, and includes conditions of the upper respiratory tract, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, alveoli, pleura and pleural cavity, and the nerves and muscles of breathing. Respiratory diseases range from mild and self-limiting, such as the common cold, to life-threatening entities like bacterial pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, and lung cancer.

Breastfed Kids Have Healthier Lungs, Even Ones With Asthmatic Moms

By | Fri, 02/03/2012 - 16:47

Children breastfed as babies may have stronger lungs and a lowered risk of asthma compared to those who were fed infant formulas, according to new research.

New Lung Cancer Test Predicts 5-Year Survival Rate

By | Fri, 01/27/2012 - 11:19

A new test that measures the activity of 14 genes in tumor tissue in may help doctors identify which early, non-small-cell lung cancers are the most dangerous, according to new research published on Friday.

Review Hardens Links Between Air Pollution, Health Problems

By | Mon, 12/26/2011 - 16:14

Researchers reviewing past studies say air pollution may contribute to the respiratory and allergic diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, and even tuberculosis.

Apple Co-Founder Jobs Died of Respiratory Arrest, Cancer

By | Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:02

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died in his home in Palo Alto, Calif. of respiratory arrest resulting from pancreatic cancer, according to his death certificate.

Antibiotic Found to Reduce COPD Exacerbation

By | Thu, 09/01/2011 - 13:28

A common antibiotic has been found to reduce acute symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Underlying Conditions of COPD Continue After Person Quits Smoking

By | Thu, 07/28/2011 - 10:27

According to Australian researchers, cigarette smoke exposure permanently alters the cellular structure of the tissues in the airway from people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Causing airway thickening and even causing precancerous cells to increase long after cigarette smoke exposures has ended.

Duke researchers learn how lung fibrosis begins and could be treated

By | Mon, 06/27/2011 - 14:12

An invasive cell that leads to fibrosis of the lungs may be stopped by cutting off its supply of sugar, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), which affects about 100,000 people in the U.S. each year and leads to death within three years of diagnosis, has only one therapy in the U. S.: lung transplantation. Duke researchers have found a possible new treatment by identifying a cell surface receptor on the invasive cells called myofibroblasts and an enzyme that produces a sugar the receptor recognizes.

Patients with severe non-inflammatory respiratory disease face anemia risk

By | Thu, 03/31/2011 - 09:55

A study of nearly 600 patients with severe non-inflammatory respiratory disease has found that a significant percentage also suffered from anaemia, according to the April issue of IJCP, theInternational Journal of Clinical Practice.

Lung societies unveil new international classification of lung adenocarcinoma

By | Tue, 02/01/2011 - 13:43

Three of the world's top lung associations have published a new international multidisciplinary classification of lung adenocarcinoma, the first revision to the classification in six years.

Vitamin D deficiency associated with reduced lung function

By | Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:02

New research shows that vitamin D deficiency is prevalent among patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD), with the largest prevalence seen in patients with concurrent connective tissue disease (CTD).

Findings on pollution damage to human airways could yield new therapies

By | Tue, 01/18/2011 - 08:40

Researchers from Duke University Medical Center have identified how nanoparticles from diesel exhaust damage lung airway cells, a finding that could lead to new therapies for people susceptible to airway disease.

Newborns with low vitamin D levels at increased risk for respiratory infections

By | Mon, 12/27/2010 - 09:05

The vitamin D levels of newborn babies appear to predict their risk of respiratory infections during infancy and the occurrence of wheezing during early childhood, but not the risk of developing asthma.