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Fat a Culprit in Fibrotic Lung Damage

Researchers debate whether the lung tissue in pulmonary fibrosis is directly damaged, or whether immune cells initiate the scarring process – an important distinction when trying to find new ways to battle the disease. Now research shows that both processes may be important, and suggest a new direction for developing novel therapies.

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Salk Scientists Deliver a Promising One-Two Punch for Lung Cancer

A combination of two unexpected drugs targets tumors

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World Pneumonia Day on November 12, 2014

World Pneumonia Day, held annually on November 12, is an opportunity to raise awareness about pneumonia globally; to promote prevention and treatment; and to generate action to fight the illness. World Pneumonia Day is designed to create public awareness about pneumonia, promote interventions for preventing and treating pneumonia, and support action plans to combat pneumonia.

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Media Alert: Medicare Approves Lung Cancer Screening Coverage

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American Thoracic Society and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. Partner with Football Legend Darrell Green to Help COPD Patients Manage Their Disease

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) today announced a new program, produced with support from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., to provide materials to educate patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) about this progressive lung disease and how it can be managed.

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Asthma vs. COPD, Similar Symptoms – Different Causes and Treatment

According to a presentation at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting, as many as 50 percent of older adults with obstructive airway disease have overlapping characteristics of asthma and COPD. And this percentage increases as people get older.

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Experimental Rapid Test Could Tell Sinusitis Sufferers if They Need Antibiotics - or Just Patience

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Each year, 36 million people with chronic congestion and runny noses seek treatment from their primary care physicians. Without a way for doctors to easily distinguish viral from bacterial infections, more than half of patients will end up getting antibiotics for an infection that they don’t actually have. The invention of a rapid, in-office test, based on bacterial biomarkers, could help physicians identify the infections that need antibiotics while helping reduce the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

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UB Study: COPD Patients Breathe Easier with Lung Flute

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Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) report improved symptoms and health status when they use a hand-held respiratory device called the Lung Flute®, according to a new study by the University at Buffalo.

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Coping Techniques Help Patients With COPD Improve Mentally, Physically

Coaching patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to manage stress, practice relaxation and participate in light exercise can boost a patient’s quality of life and can even improve physical symptoms, researchers at Duke Medicine report.

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New Research Outlines Promising Therapies for Small Cell Lung Cancer

Two recently published studies by a research team at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center have the potential to advance treatments for small cell lung cell cancer (SCLC). This aggressive form of lung cancer has seen no treatment advances in 30 years and “is a disease in urgent need of new drug therapies,” write the study’s authors.

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