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Finding biomarkers for early lung cancer diagnosis

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Photo: Doctor analyzing a scan of a lung [19/08/2015] Despite decades of warnings about smoking, lung cancer is still the second-most common cancer and the leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S. Patients are often diagnosed only when their disease is already at an advanced stage and hard to treat. Researchers are trying to change that, by identifying biomarkers that could be the basis of early tests for lung cancer.Finding biomarkers for early lung cancer diagnosis - Read more

Real-time imaging of lung lesions

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Photo: Lung adenocarcinoma is marked in green [30/07/2015] More than 80,000 people undergo resection of a pulmonary tumor each year, and currently the only method to determine if the tumor is malignant is histologic analysis. A new study reports that a targeted molecular contrast agent can be used successfully to cause lung adenocarcinomas to fluoresce during pulmonary surgery. This enables real-time optical imaging and the identification of cancer cells.Real-time imaging of lung lesions - Read more

Identifying risk for pulmonary complications with scoring system

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Photo: Man attached to mechanical ventilation [27/07/2015] Physicians have developed an analytical tool to identify surgical patients at risk for costly respiratory complications. This tool may help hospitals avoid those complications and their related costs as Medicare and commercial payers exert increasing pressure on them by eliminating payment for patient complications that occur after operations and may extend hospital stays.Identifying risk for pulmonary complications with scoring system - Read more

How the lung repairs its wounds

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Photo: Physician is looking at a lungs' X-ray [15/07/2015] In collaboration with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Biochemistry, scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have now, for the first time, gained detailed insights into the dynamic remodeling of the tissue during lung repair.How the lung repairs its wounds - Read more

Therapeutic nitric oxide from air with an electric spark

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Photo: Nitric oxide (NO) generator [08/07/2015] Treatment with inhaled nitric oxide (NO) has proven to be life saving in newborns, children and adults with several dangerous conditions, but the availability of the treatment has been limited by the size, weight and complexity of equipment needed to administer the gas and the therapy's high price. Now a research team has developed a lightweight, portable system that produces NO from the air.Therapeutic nitric oxide from air with an electric spark - Read more

COPD: Imaging could improve treatment

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Photo: Images of lungs [07/07/2015] Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) provide important information on the symptoms and exercise capabilities of people with mild-to-moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. Researchers said the findings point the way to better treatment for some COPD patients.COPD: Imaging could improve treatment - Read more

Comorbid conditions associated with worse cancer survival

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Grahpic: Lungs in the human body [11/06/2015] Lung cancer patients with comorbid conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, or congestive heart failure had a higher risk of death than lung cancer patients without comorbid conditions.Comorbid conditions associated with worse cancer survival - Read more

New approach for treating idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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Photo: Dr. Claudia Staab-Weijnitz and Prof. Oliver Eickelberg [09/06/2015] Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München, in collaboration with an international team, have identified a potential novel drug target for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a dangerous chronic lung disease. They elucidated a new mechanism of fibrosis formation that plays an important role in the pathogenesis of the disease.New approach for treating idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - Read more

Lung cancer: A blood test evaluates the effectiveness of therapy

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[01/06/2015] Can liquid biopsies become the new trend in cancer diagnostics? The medical world has asked this question for quite some time. The first globally approved liquid biopsy-based test for lung cancer shows that this can work. Yet further findings and research are still required to establish this less invasive method in diagnostics.Lung cancer: A blood test evaluates the effectiveness of therapy - Read more

Stents: Braiding versus cutting

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Photo: Stents [22/05/2015] Braided stents are nothing new in medicine, but their manufacturing process is still time-consuming. This is why Professor Stefan Jockenhövel from the RWTH Aachen University and his team want to make machine production possible. Stents: Braiding versus cutting - Read more