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May 17, 2015
Live liquid bacteria reduces intestinal inflammation in ulcerative colitis
People with ulcerative colitis may benefit from taking the live, multi-strain probiotic drink, Symprove, to reduce intestinal inflammation, according to the results of a new study presented today at Digestive Disease Week 2015.

Regular aspirin use may slow progression of early emphysema
Regular use of aspirin may help slow the progression of early emphysema, according to new research presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference.

Study validates effectiveness of genomic test for lung cancer detection
A new test co-developed by a Boston University School of Medicine researcher will allow patients suspected of having lung cancer to be subjected to fewer and less-invasive tests to determine if they have the disease.

Electronic cigarette flavorings alter lung function at the cellular level
Certain flavorings used in electronic cigarette liquid may alter important cellular functions in lung tissue, according to new research presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference.

The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology: Depression and diabetes series media alert
The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal is pleased to announce that the following series of papers on depression and diabetes will be published on Monday, May 18, to coincide with the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

Many children with asthma have reaction to peanuts, but do not know it
In recent years and months, peanut allergies in children have been in the news frequently, as scientists reveal new insights into why more and more children are developing them and what can be done to avoid them.

Lives could be saved with hepatitis C treatment
In a letter to the Medical Journal of Australia published today, a Monash University-led team is asking for hepatitis C virus patients to gain improved access to drugs to prevent liver related deaths.

Newer method of oxygen delivery for patients at risk of respiratory failure after surgery
A relatively new, easier to implement, and better-tolerated method to provide supplemental oxygen to patients at risk of respiratory failure after surgery did not result in a worse rate of treatment failure compared to a more commonly used method, according to a study appearing in JAMA.

Groundbreaking treatment for patients with cystic fibrosis
Groundbreaking treatment that uses two medications that target the most common genetic cause of cystic fibrosis shows lung function improvement and lowers the rate of pulmonary exacerbations.

Evidence that electronic cigarettes are effective for smoking cessation long-term is lacking
There is little reliable evidence that electronic cigarettes are effective for long-term smoking cessation, according to a new analysis of the currently available research which was presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference.

Curing hepatitis C could yield huge economic benefit
While a new generation of safer, more effective oral medications to treat hepatitis C patients may cost tens of thousands of dollars for a 12-week regiment, investing in these new therapies could generate savings estimated at more than $3.2 billion annually in the US and five European countries, according to a new study released today at Digestive Disease Week® 2015.

One exposure to e-cigarette use diminishes cough reflex sensitivity
With just one exposure to electronic-cigarette (e-cigarette) vapor, participants in a study of 30 healthy subjects demonstrated a diminishment of cough reflex sensitivity.

Study suggests need for renal protective care in pediatric lung transplant patients
Caucasian and Hispanic children who undergo lung transplantation appear to be at greater risk for developing chronic kidney disease, or CKD, according to a small retrospective study conducted at Texas Children's Hospital.

Potentially hazardous effects of mechanical and chemical characteristics of e-cigarettes
Unlike standard cigarettes, the components of electronic cigarettes are not regulated and standardized, thus they vary widely between products.

Shorter stature appears to lead to higher mortality rates, longer waiting times for lung transplant
Lung transplant candidates who are about 5'3

Scientists discover tiny microbes with potential to cleanse waterways
A seven-year scientific study has revealed that microbial communities in urban waterways has the potential to play an important role in cleansing Singapore's waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators.

New trigger for volcanic eruptions discovered using jelly and lasers
Scientists have made an important step towards understanding how volcanic eruptions happen, after identifying a previously unrecognized potential trigger. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to