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American Thoracic Society news tips for April
The American Thoracic Society's journal for April features the following newsworthy studies: persons who suffer from severe asthma and who are also affected by psychopathology create increased health care costs compared to non- psychiatric severe asthmatics; new research links a common infectious agent with asthma; and an executive summary report details the best validated disease management concepts for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (2001-04-26)
American Thoracic Society and the American Lung Association to co-fund research into lung disease
The American Thoracic Society Foundation and the American Lung Association announced today that they are co-funding an $80,000 grant that will support important research into the mechanisms underlying Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, a rare inherited disease which affects a number of organs including the lungs. (2013-12-18)
New research moves York scientists closer to lung cancer blood test
Early signs of lung cancer could be diagnosed using a simple blood test following a new discovery by scientists at the University of York. (2012-10-15)
Rebooting the system: Immune cells repair damaged lung tissues after flu infection
There's more than one way to mop up after a flu infection. (2011-10-03)
COPD as a lung stem cell disease
Two internationally renowned stem cell researchers at the University of Houston have found an abundance of abnormal stem cells in the lungs of patients who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a leading cause of death worldwide. (2020-04-15)
Hispanic lung cancer patients tend to live longer than blacks and whites
A new analysis has found that Hispanic lung cancer patients seem to live longer than white or black patients. (2012-04-23)
CT lung cancer screening no cure-all for smokers
Screening for lung cancer with computed tomography may help reduce lung cancer deaths in current and former smokers, but it won't protect them from other causes of death associated with smoking, according to a new study. (2008-06-10)
Prenatal exposure to pollution especially dangerous for children with asthma
The link between prenatal exposure to air pollution and childhood lung growth and respiratory ailments has been established by several studies in recent years, and now a new study suggests that these prenatal exposures can be especially serious for children with asthma. (2012-05-20)
Report describes VHA clinical demonstration project for lung cancer screening
Implementing a comprehensive lung cancer screening program was challenging and complex according to a new article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine that describes a lung cancer demonstration project conducted at eight academic Veterans Health Administration hospitals. (2017-01-30)
UPenn surgery for cancer-ridden lungs
When a surgeon opens the chest of a lung cancer patient and finds that the malignancy has spread from one of the lungs to its pulmonary artery, he or she will almost always remove the entire lung. (2000-09-04)
UNC-CH Studies Show Medicine Can Reverse Osteoporosis From Transplants, Cystic Fibrosis
Studies of a drug known as Pamidronate indicate that the drug is highly effective in partially reversing the bone weakening known as osteoporosis due to drugs taken after various transplants, including lung transplants in cystic fibrosis patients. (1998-10-19)
Why only some former smokers develop lung cancer
Canadian researchers are trying to answer why some smokers develop lung cancer while others remain disease free, despite similar lifestyle changes. (2008-11-17)
UK study shows cell signaling interaction may prevent key step in lung cancer progression
New findings from University of Kentucky faculty published in Scientific Reports reveals a novel cell signaling interaction that may prevent a key step in lung cancer progression. (2017-11-09)
Needs of people dying of heart failure not being met
The needs of people dying of heart failure are not being met, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-10-24)
Spending more for lung cancer treatment did not substantially increase patients' lives
A new study finds that survival for elderly patients with lung cancer has changed little despite large increases in healthcare expenditures for lung cancer treatment. (2007-10-22)
Some patients are candidates for combined heart bypass, lung transplant surgeries
For patients who have been precluded from receiving a lung transplant because of their underlying coronary artery disease, Duke University Medical Center researchers have shown that they can achieve similar positive outcomes by performing revascularization procedures such as coronary bypass operations immediately prior to the transplant surgery. (2002-05-20)
Durvalumab combined with chemotherapy improves overall survival in patients with lung cancer
Adding immunotherapy in the form of durvalumab to chemotherapy improves overall survival in patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer, according to research presented today at the IASLC 2019 World Conference on Lung Cancer hosted by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). (2019-09-09)
Protein opens hope of treatment for cystic fibrosis patients
Scientists have finally identified a direct role for the missing protein that leaves cystic fibrosis patients open to attack from lung-damaging bacteria, the main reason most of them die before their 35th birthday, scientists heard today at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn meeting being held this week at Trinity College, Dublin. (2008-09-10)
Genetic disorder linked to rapid lung function decline in some World Trade Center rescue workers
New research presented at CHEST 2006, the 72nd annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians, shows a rare genetic disorder known as alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency may predispose patients to developing lung conditions, but a new rapid-response test could help identify patients with the deficiency before significant lung damage has occurred. (2006-10-23)
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's lung cancer research program awarded $100,000 grant
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's researcher Raffaella Sordella, PhD was awarded $100,000 by Joan's Legacy: The Joan Scarangello Foundation to Conquer Lung Cancer. (2008-01-10)
EURTAC Phase III study: Erlotinib nearly doubles progression-free survival vs. chemotherapy
In the first phase III study to include Western lung cancer patients, first-line treatment with erlotinib (Tarceva) nearly doubled progression-free survival compared with chemotherapy, according to research presented at the 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Amsterdam, hosted by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. (2011-07-05)
FDA approves new lung cancer therapy for patients who develop resistance
The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer commends the US Food and Drug Administration's decision to grant accelerated approval for osimertinib (TagrissoTM), an oral medication for advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients with a specific epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation (T790M) and following progression after previous EGFR inhibitor therapies. (2015-11-16)
COPD, even when mild, limits heart function
A common lung condition, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) diminishes the heart's ability to pump effectively even when the disease has no or mild symptoms, according to research published in the Jan. (2010-01-20)
SBRT considered safe treatment option for patients with multiple (2-4) metastases
The NRG Oncology clinical trial BR001 tested the hypothesis that stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) could be used safely in oligometastatic patients with multiple metastases. (2018-10-23)
Lung cancer mortality rates linked to primary care provider density
In a recent study published in the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer's Journal of Thoracic Oncology researchers found lower mortality was associated with higher primary care provider density. (2013-04-22)
Risk of lung cancer from passive smoking may have been overstated
Previous studies examining the effect of passive smoking on lung cancer, may have overstated the risk, say statisticians from the University of Warwick in this week's BMJ. (2000-02-10)
Wistar Scientist Awarded American Cancer Society Grant For Study Of Tumor Suppressor Proteins
Wistar scientist, Ronen Marmorstein, Ph.D., has been awarded a $322,000 three-year grant from the ACS to study the structure and function of proteins involved in tumor development. (1998-05-22)
Findings suggests that blocking estrogen may be crucial to lung cancer survival
New and effective treatments for lung cancer may rest on their ability to hinder the action of estrogen in lung cancer cells, according to two studies published in the current issue of Cancer Research. (2005-02-15)
Recommendations for treatment of inherited lung disease are unjustified
An expensive treatment recommended for a genetic disorder called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency has no proven clinical benefit, according to a systematic review by Cochrane researchers. (2010-07-06)
No consensus on how the microbiome affects tuberculosis, review finds
Inconsistencies across studies and sampling errors remain major barriers to understanding how the lung microbiome changes with tuberculosis, according to a review published today in Clinical Microbiology Reviews. (2016-09-07)
DNA repair activity may be associated with risk of lung cancer
People with reduced DNA repair activity, as determined by a blood test, appear to be at a higher risk of developing lung cancer than people with average DNA repair activity, according to a study in the September 3 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The findings suggest a genetic predisposition to lung cancer in some individuals and may explain why only a fraction of smokers develop the disease. (2003-09-02)
High-volume lung transplant centers have lower costs and readmissions
High-volume lung transplant centers have lower transplantation costs and their patients are less likely to be readmitted within 30 days of leaving the hospital following surgery, according to a new study of more than 3,000 Medicare patients who received lung transplants. (2016-04-14)
Tumors stopped from spreading to new sites
For several types of cancer, persistently high levels of the soluble factor TGF-beta in the blood after surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy correlate with increased risk of early metastasis and a poor prognosis. (2007-04-05)
New mediator of smoking recruits
Current research suggests that smoking increases the production of osteopontin in the lungs, which contributes to the development of smoking-related lung disease. (2009-04-24)
AI helps to fight against lung cancer
Lung cancer has been the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in 2015 in United States. (2017-06-29)
Active surveillance of lung subsolid nodules reduces unnecessary surgery and overtreatment
Subsolid nodules (SSN) can be considered a biomarker of lung cancer risk and should be managed with long-term active surveillance. (2018-07-16)
High prevalence of restrictive lung disease in people with type 2 diabetes
Breathlessness and conditions of restrictive lung disease (RLD), such as pulmonary fibrosis, may be a late complication of type 2 diabetes. (2018-07-11)
Patients' pretreatment quality of life can predict overall lung cancer survival
Research published in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology has found that an individual's quality of life prior to treatment can help predict the overall survival of patients with advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer. (2009-09-02)
Infant nose, lung cells possess remarkably similar RNS patterns
Cells from an infant's nose are remarkably similar to those found in the lungs, a discovery that could lead to much more precise diagnosis of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other infant lung diseases. (2016-10-17)
Just one to four cigarettes daily triples risk of dying of heart disease or lung cancer
Smoking just one to four cigarettes a day almost triples a smoker's risk of heart disease and lung cancer, reveals a large study in Tobacco Control. (2005-09-21)
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