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Respiratory medicine involves the care of patients with all forms of respiratory disease. Respiratory specialists deal with over 30 different conditions, some very common and some rare. Asthma is a chronic disease characterized by recurrent attacks of bre



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Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The first in-car measurements of exposure to pollutants that cause oxidative stress during rush hour commutes has turned up potentially alarming results.



Pulse oximetry: Uses and benefits

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

What is pulse oximetry, how do pulse oximeters work, who can benefit from them, and what should be expected from pulse oximetry? What are the limitations?



Yawning: Why we do it and what it means

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Everybody yawns, but why? In this article, learn about the possible reasons for yawning, why it is so contagious, and if it can ever be a risk to health.



Benefit of caffeine on preemie lungs endures into childhood

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A trial that is unlikely to be repeated shows that the short-term benefit to lung function of treating preterm babies with caffeine persists to age 11.



Green, yellow, or brown phlegm: What does it mean?

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:00:00 PDT

The color of phlegm can reveal important things about the state of health a body is in. In this article, learn what the different colors of phlegm mean.



Experts urge action to cut child deaths from deadly lung virus

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Vaccines to combat a virus that can lead to fatal lung infections are urgently needed to help prevent child deaths worldwide, research suggests.



Maternal sugar intake linked to allergic asthma in offspring

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 08:00:00 PDT

New research examines the link between maternal intake of sugar during pregnancy and the risk of the offspring developing allergies and allergic asthma.



Deviated septum: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

It is quite common for people to not have a straight septum. What is a deviated septum, what causes it, and how is a deviated septum diagnosed?



Steroids may do more harm than good in some cases of severe asthma

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 02:00:00 PDT

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC have uncovered the molecular mechanism underlying corticosteroid resistance in severe asthma.



Popcorn lung: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

What is popcorn lung and what causes it? Learn about this rare condition affecting the lungs, how it is diagnosed, its symptoms, and how to manage them.



Heavy breathing: Ten causes and treatments

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Heavy breathing can have a range of possible causes. In this article, learn about heavy breathing, why it happens, and how it can be treated.



Why is blood red?

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Ring-shaped chemical structures with metal irons produce color. The iron in our red blood cells makes them red, while magnesium makes plant leaves green.



Cystic fibrosis alters the structure of mucus in airways

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Mucus is important for maintaining healthy lungs. Inhaled particles, including bacteria and viruses, get trapped in mucus and then cilia - tiny hair like projections on the surface of the airway...



Secondhand smoke exposure before birth may affect lungs into adulthood

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A study of mice shows that exposing unborn offspring to secondhand smoke causes changes in lung function and structure that persevere into adulthood.



Asthma history linked to risk factor for heart failure

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People with a history of asthma may be at greater risk of left ventricular hypertrophy, the thickening of the heart's main blood-pumping chamber.



Pneumothorax: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Pneumothorax occurs when air gets in between the lung and the chest wall, causing the lung to collapse. Learn more about its diagnosis and outlook.



Sarcoidosis: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Sarcoidosis is a chronic inflammatory condition which causes persistent granulomas. It can affect any organ, but most often affects the lungs.



Histoplasmosis: Causes, risk factors, and treatment

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection with a variety of flu-like symptoms. Although it is not contagious, it can cause chronic complications. Learn more.



Gardening this weekend? Beware of the compost

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers urge gardeners to be cautious when handing compost; inhaling or ingesting it could raise the risk of Legionnaires' disease.



Fungal toxins easily become airborne, creating potential indoor health risk

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Toxins produced by three different species of fungus growing indoors on wallpaper may become aerosolized, and easily inhaled.



Pleural effusion: Causes, diagnosis, and treatment

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Pleural effusion may be caused by many disorders, but what is it? Learn about the symptoms of pleural effusion, the diagnosis, and the outlook.



New flu test: One drop of blood could save your life

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Australian researchers have developed a world first test to identify which influenza patients will need urgent, life-saving, medical treatment.



Bacteria from cystic fibrosis patient could help thwart antibiotic-resistant TB

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The number of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) cases is rising globally. But a newly discovered natural antibiotic - produced by bacteria from the lung infection in a cystic fibrosis patient - could...



What happens after you quit smoking: A timeline

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Quitting smoking can be very daunting but some of the benefits may come faster than anticipated. What happens days, months, and years after quitting?



Wildfires pollute much more than previously thought

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Data from flights through plumes reveal three times the fine particle levels than officially inventoried.Summer wildfires boost air pollution considerably more than previously believed.