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Stem cells from human amnion fluid show promise against respiratory diseases
Posted On: Aug. 27, 2011
Washington, August 25 (ANI): A study has found that epithelial cells derived from human amnion fluid (hAECs) are therapeutic when transplanted into laboratory mice modelling lung disease. "Respiratory disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality," said corresponding author Dr. Euan M. Wallace, director of The Ritchie Centre, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Monash Medical Centre. "There ...
Stem cells from human amnion fluid show promise against respiratory diseases
Anxiety, depression during pregnancy may up asthma risk in kids
Posted On: July 16, 2011
Washington, July 07 (ANI): Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have indicated that anxiety, stress and depression during pregnancy may lead to a greater risk of asthma for the offspring. "Approximately 70 pc of mothers who said they experienced high levels of anxiety or depression while they were pregnant reported their child had wheezed before age 5," ...
Anxiety, depression during pregnancy may up asthma risk in kids
2-yr-old becomes 1st kid to get artificial lung
Posted On: June 18, 2011
Washington, June 17 (ANI): For the first time, Washington University physicians and surgeons have successfully used an artificial lung on a 2-year-old toddler, who suffered a heart failure and had abnormally high blood pressure. Owen Stark was given the artificial lung at St. Louis Children's Hospital under a severe condition of pulmonary hypertension, in which blood is prevented from entering ...
2-yr-old becomes 1st kid to get artificial lung
Gene linked to emphysema also implicated in lung cancer
Posted On: June 12, 2011
Washington, June 10 (ANI): Smoking was the only known risk factor previously associated with both emphysema and lung cancer, but now a new study has uncovered the genetic link between both the diseases. In a study by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers, mice bred to have the human gene pleiomorphic adenoma gene-like 2 (PLAGL2) all developed emphysema, and by gender ...
Gene linked to emphysema also implicated in lung cancer
Revolutionary new radio wave surgery heals asthma patients
Posted On: June 10, 2011
London, June 8 (ANI): A new surgery for asthma patients that uses radio waves to open up their airways has been found to dramatically reduce the debilitating symptoms and help patients lead normal lives. Repeated asthma attacks cause lung tissue to thicken but the new treatment 'burns' this away, opening up airways to make breathing easier, reports the Daily Mail. ...
Revolutionary new radio wave surgery heals asthma patients
Lung protein found to be 'good predictor' of cardiovascular disease
Posted On: June 10, 2011
Washington, June 9 (ANI): A study has found that a blood protein, known as surfactant protein-D (SP-D), which is mainly synthesised in the lungs, is "a good predictor" of cardiovascular disease. The North America study said that the circulating SP-D levels were clearly associated with CVD and total mortality in patients with angiographically diagnosed coronary artery disease independent of other ...
Lung protein found to be 'good predictor' of cardiovascular disease
Common asthma drug may help fight obesity
Posted On: June 6, 2011
Melbourne, June 5 (ANI): Researchers at Melbourne's Garvan Institute of Medical Research have found that a common asthma drug has the potential for addressing obesity epidemic. They found that the drug formoterol, used to treat asthma and lung diseases, increases metabolism and fat burning in adults who are at rest. "Research in animals has shown that formoterol can stimulate the ...
Common asthma drug may help fight obesity
Common asthma drug may help fight obesity
Posted On: June 6, 2011
Melbourne, June 6 (ANI): Researchers at Melbourne's Garvan Institute of Medical Research have found that a common asthma drug has the potential for addressing obesity epidemic. They found that the drug formoterol, used to treat asthma and lung diseases, increases metabolism and fat burning in adults who are at rest. "Research in animals has shown that formoterol can stimulate the ...
Common asthma drug may help fight obesity
Exposure to cockroach allergens may cause asthma in kids
Posted On: May 20, 2011
Washington, May 18 (ANI): Researchers have found that children suffering from asthma may be more exposed to cockroach allergens in their neighbourhoods. A study conducted by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health revealed that children living in New York City blocks where asthma is common have higher levels of exposure to cockroach allergens. Additionally, these kids were more likely ...
Exposure to cockroach allergens may cause asthma in kids
Bone marrow stem cells may cure acute lung injury
Posted On: May 16, 2011
Washington, May 13 (ANI): A new research has revealed that human stem cells derived from bone marrow significantly reduce acute lung injury. It identifies TNF-a-induced protein 6 as a major molecular component of stem cell action. Acute lung injury is a major complication of critically ill patients resulting in pulmonary edema, hypoxia and in worst cases, organ failure. According to ...
Bone marrow stem cells may cure acute lung injury
Now, detect lung cancer early with a simple blood test!
Posted On: May 16, 2011
Washington, May 13 (ANI): Characteristic patterns of molecules called microRNA (miRNA) in the blood of people with lung cancer that might reveal both the presence and aggressiveness of the disease, and perhaps who is at risk of developing it have been identified by researchers. These patterns may be detectable up to two years before the tumour is found by computed ...
Now, detect lung cancer early with a simple blood test!
Avoid eating grilled meat if you are taking asthma drugs
Posted On: May 16, 2011
London, May 16 (ANI): An expert has warned that people who are taking asthma drugs should avoid eating grilled meat as many foods considered essential for a balanced diet could interfere with some of the most commonly prescribed medicines - either rendering them useless or increasing the dosage to a dangerous level. "The key thing is not to dramatically change ...
Avoid eating grilled meat if you are taking asthma drugs
Jet particles can easily penetrate brain, lungs
Posted On: May 16, 2011
Washington, May 13 (ANI): Experts from the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, US, have shed light onto how sunlight transforms jet engine exhaust to potentially toxic particles. In the groundbreaking study, researchers have discovered that drops of oil created by idling aircraft engines can over time turn into tiny particles that can easily penetrate the lungs and brain. In the ...
Jet particles can easily penetrate brain, lungs
Discovery of human lung stem cell could make chronic lung diseases history
Posted On: May 16, 2011
London, May 12 (ANI): Scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have identified a human lung stem cell that is self-renewing and capable of forming and integrating multiple biological structures of the lung including bronchioles, alveoli and pulmonary vessels. The discovery provides new hope for development of new clinical treatments for those with lung disease for which no therapies exist. ...
Discovery of human lung stem cell could make chronic lung diseases history
Nasal cells may help identify lung cancer in earliest stages
Posted On: May 16, 2011
Washington, May 16 (ANI): A study conducted by researchers in Boston has indicated that a simple, minimally-invasive technique using cells from the interior of the nose could help clinicians detect lung cancer in its earliest - and most treatable. "Our data suggests that evaluating gene expression changes in nasal cells found in the interior surface of the nose may serve ...
Nasal cells may help identify lung cancer in earliest stages
Tuberculosis enzyme responsible for lung destruction identified
Posted On: April 27, 2011
Washington, Apr 26 (ANI): Scientists have identified a key enzyme responsible for destroying lung tissue in tuberculosis (TB), a finding that could lead to new treatments. The new research shows that in patients with TB, there is an increase in levels of an enzyme called MMP-1 in their lungs. When the researchers infected human immune cells with TB in the ...
Tuberculosis enzyme responsible for lung destruction identified
Healthy liver-cell transplants may help treat genetic liver-lung disorder
Posted On: April 23, 2011
Washington, April 23 (ANI): A animal study has found that transplanting cells from healthy adult livers may work in treating a genetic liver-lung disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. The genetic disorder, alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency, is the most common potentially lethal hereditary disease among Caucasians. AAT is a protein made by the liver that is essential for lung ...
Healthy liver-cell transplants may help treat genetic liver-lung disorder
Inhaled corticosteroid therapy helps reduce pneumonia mortality
Posted On: April 18, 2011
Washington, April 16 (ANI): An analysis has indicated that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are hospitalized for pneumonia and treated with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) have decreased mortality when compared to those who are not treated with ICS. The use of ICS in COPD patients reduces exacerbations, but increases the rate of pneumonia. Mortensen and colleagues examined the ...
Inhaled corticosteroid therapy helps reduce pneumonia mortality
Viral infection likely to encourage pneumonia spread: Study
Posted On: April 12, 2011
Washington, April 11 (ANI): Bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis are only able to spread when individuals are infected with flu, according to a new study. The finding could have implications for the management of influenza pandemics and could help reduce incidence of pneumococcal infections in very young children, who are more susceptible to disease. Streptococcus pneumoniae, the bacteria that ...
Viral infection likely to encourage pneumonia spread: Study
Soy ups radiation's ability to destroy lung cancer cells
Posted On: April 11, 2011
Washington, April 8 (ANI): A new research has shown that a component in soybeans increases radiation's ability to destroy lung cancer cells. "To improve radiotherapy for lung cancer cells, we are studying the potential of natural non-toxic components of soybeans, called soy isoflavones, to augment the effect of radiation against the tumor cells and at the same time protect normal ...
Soy ups radiation's ability to destroy lung cancer cells
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