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Cloth masks - dangerous to your health?

Photo: A japanes man wearing a surgical mask [24/04/2015] The widespread use of cloth masks by healthcare workers may actually put them at increased risk of respiratory illness and viral infections and their global use should be discouraged, according to a University of New South Wales (UNSW) study.Cloth masks - dangerous to your health? - Read more

Scientists coax stem cells to form 3-D mini lungs

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Photo: Lung organoid [25/03/2015] Scientists have coaxed stem cells to grow the first three-dimensional mini lungs. Previous research has focused on deriving lung tissue from flat cell systems or growing cells onto scaffolds made from donated organs. Scientists coax stem cells to form 3-D mini lungs - Read more

Lungs: "Liquid ventilation is still not sufficiently researched"

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Photo: Silicon model of the lung in a bluely lit water tank [09/03/2015] All swimmers know the unpleasant feeling when you breathe in at the wrong time and then have water enter into your windpipe. At best, it immediately triggers the cough reflex, which is intended to keep the water away from the airways and prevent suffocation. However, liquid in the lungs can also save people - especially if it allows them to breathe again.Lungs: "Liquid ventilation is still not sufficiently researched" - Read more

ICU: Patients on ventilators often able to communicate

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Photo: Hand and pen on a writing pad [27/01/2015] A new study reveals that more than half of patients in intensive care units (ICU) using ventilators to help them breathe could benefit from assistive communication tools.ICU: Patients on ventilators often able to communicate - Read more

Shortness of breath can be measured – pulmonary exercise testing

Shortness of breath can be measured – pulmonary exercise testing When a patient often suffers from shortness of breath, general practitioners, internists and even pneumologists are not always able to find the cause directly – since many factors control how patients themselves perceive shortness of breath. Pulmonary exercise testing and blood gas analyses refine diagnosis and provide more clues about the causes.Shortness of breath can be measured – pulmonary exercise testing - Read more

Cone snail venom holds promise for medical treatments

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Photo: Man holding a cone snail in his hand [15/01/2015] The venom is extraordinary complex mixture of compounds with medicinal properties. They could be used to treat cancer and addictions.Cone snail venom holds promise for medical treatments - Read more

Complications from blood transfusions more common than previously reported

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Photo: Hanging, empty blood bags [16/12/2014] Two studies shed new light on the prevalence of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) and transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), the number one and two leading causes of blood transfusion-related deaths in the United States.Complications from blood transfusions more common than previously reported - Read more

Fewer deaths related to RSV than previously thought

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Photo: Boy with a cough in bed [09/12/2014] It is a virus that has long been characterized as dangerous and even deadly, but new research shows infant deaths from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are actually quite uncommon in the 21st century.Fewer deaths related to RSV than previously thought - Read more

Fat a culprit in fibrotic lung damage

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Photo: Man holding a printed iconic image of the lungs [24/11/2014] Excess fat in the lung may cause pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable lung disease. It is caused by scarring that seems to feed on itself, with the tougher, less elastic tissue replacing the ever moving and stretching lung, making it increasingly difficult for patients to breathe.Fat a culprit in fibrotic lung damage - Read more

Lactose intolerant people at lower risk of certain cancers

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Photo: Milk and cheese [05/11/2014] People with lactose intolerance are at lower risk of suffering from lung, breast and ovarian cancers, according to a new study by researchers at Lund University and Region Skåne in Sweden.Lactose intolerant people at lower risk of certain cancers - Read more

 
 

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