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First-Ever Possible Treatments For MERS; Researchers Identify Two Promising Candidates

As the South Korean MERS outbreak continues, researchers have discovered and validated two therapeutics that show early promise in preventing and treating the disease, which can cause severe respiratory symptoms, and has a death rate of 40 percent.

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Study Shows Acute Pulmonary Fibrosis May Respond to Autoimmune Disease Therapy

Patients with acute exacerbations of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis responded well to therapies similar to those used to treat autoimmune diseases, suggesting that autoantibodies may play an important role in patients with acute exacerbations of IPF, a devastating lung disease.

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American Thoracic Society Issues Recommendations on Healthy Sleep

The American Thoracic Society has released a policy statement with recommendations for clinicians and the general public on achieving good quality sleep and getting an adequate quantity of sleep.

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UGA Researchers Find Potential Treatment for Fatal Lung Diseases

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Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that the drug triciribine may reverse or halt the progression of pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension, two respiratory diseases that are almost invariably fatal. They published their findings in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

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Physical Activity Decreases over Time at All Levels of COPD Severity, Leading to Further Decline

Physical activity decreases substantially over time in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at all levels of severity, according to a new study from researchers in Germany.

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Why Obesity Predisposes to Severe Respiratory Failure

A hormone that regulates blood sugar levels may be the key to reducing the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome in obese patients.

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Community Acquired Pneumonia Increases Long-Term Morbidity and Mortality

Having had community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) greatly increases the risk of long-term morbidity and mortality compared to the general population who have never had CAP, according to a new study from researchers in Canada, the longest and largest outcomes study of patients with CAP reported to date.

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UAB Emphysema Patient Has Good Result From Experimental One-Way Valve Procedure

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An experimental procedure using one-way valves to achieve lung volume reduction shows promise for an emphysema patient at UAB.

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Gut Check: Does a Hospital Stay Set Patients Up for Sepsis by Disrupting the Body’s Microbiome?

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Can a routine hospital stay upset the balance of microbes in our bodies so much that it sets some older people up for a life-threatening health crisis called sepsis? A new study suggests this may be the case.

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Study Shows Treatment for Genetically Caused Emphysema Is Effective

A landmark clinical study in the Lancet provides convincing evidence that a frequently overlooked therapy for genetically-caused emphysema is effective and slows the progression of lung disease.