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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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South African study provides compelling new evidence on role of person-to person transmission in drug-resistant TB epidemics

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine provides compelling evidence that extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) is spread from person-to-person in the KwaZulu-Natal...



Protein IL-33 found to drive allergic sensitivity in the neonatal lung

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Scientists from the lab of Bart Lambrecht (VIB-UGent) and Erasmus University have found evidence that interleukin-33 (IL-33), a protein created by white blood cells, is a key driver of allergic...



Early-life asthma may contribute to childhood obesity

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

A new study examines the link between early-life asthma and the risk of developing obesity in childhood. The research also investigates asthma medication.



Time to put TB on a diet!

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Global Tuberculosis Report, the disease kills over 1.5 million people a year.



Community-acquired pneumonia can spread year-round

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research indicates that community-acquired pneumonia should not be regarded as a seasonal disease, as it occurs throughout all seasons; however, the pathogens that cause the condition are...



A third of asthma patients are misdiagnosed, study finds

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Canada finds almost a third of adults recently diagnosed with asthma do not actually have it.



Nanoparticle exposure can awaken dormant viruses in the lungs

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Nanoparticles from combustion engines can activate viruses that are dormant in in lung tissue cells.



Cleverly designed tuberculosis vaccine shows promise in mice

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A clever new tuberculosis vaccine has shown promise in trials in mice. If it succeeds, it will be the first new TB vaccine in a century.



Rural Americans at higher risk of death from five leading causes

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new CDC study demonstrates that Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from five leading causes than their urban counterparts.



Why is asthma worse in black patients?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

African Americans may be less responsive to asthma treatment and more likely to die from the condition, in part, because they have a unique type of airway inflammation, according to a study led by...



Heartburn pills in pregnancy may be linked to childhood asthma

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Children born to mothers who take heartburn medication during pregnancy may have a greater risk of developing asthma, research suggests.



Reducing drug dosage, and hearing loss in TB patients without reducing efficacy

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Aminoglycosides, recommended by the World Health Organization to treat multidrug resistant tuberculosis, cause hearing loss and kidney damage in a dose dependent manner.



Researcher turns 'SARS mask' into a virus killer

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A University of Alberta engineering researcher has developed a new way to treat common surgical masks so they are capable of trapping and killing airborne viruses.



Investigators identify optimal conditions for growth of legionella bacteria

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

The bacteria that cause Legionnaire's disease grow well in warm tap water installations with ample dissolved organic matter - conditions that support the growth of biofilms.



High monthly vitamin D reduces respiratory infections, may increase falls for older adults

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

In people over the age of 65, acute respiratory infections - such as the common cold, influenza, or pneumonia - can lead to potentially life-threatening complications.



Breathing Exercises for People with COPD

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

COPD has no cure but it can be alleviated. Learn about what activities and types of breathing can aid people with COPD and how pulmonary rehab may help.



Fish oil during pregnancy may reduce risk of childhood asthma

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

New research may add to the existing list of omega-3 health benefits, as study investigates the effects of fish oil on childhood asthma.



COPD and Life Expectancy: What's the Outlook?

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Learn about COPD and the different stages of COPD. Can the condition affect lifespan, how is COPD managed, and what lifestyle tips can help?



Dyspnea: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Dyspnea involves a shortness of breath. Causes include illness, heart problems, and altitude. Find out what dyspnea is and how to reduce its impact.



Interleukin-1α causes people to choke on air

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists at the Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC) at Osaka University, Japan have pinpointed a specific molecular events that could explain allergic reactions to air pollution.



COPD vs. Emphysema: What's the Difference?

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

What is COPD and what is emphysema? Learn about their causes and symptoms, when to see a doctor, how they are treated, and tips to manage them at home.



Ancient Chinese malaria remedy fights TB

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

A centuries-old herbal medicine, discovered by Chinese scientists and used to effectively treat malaria, has been found to potentially aid in the treatment of tuberculosis and may slow the...



Tuberculosis virulence factor identified, may be target for new drug

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Scientists have discovered the mechanism that hijacks the immune system's response to tuberculosis, revealing an important new drug target for the disease that kills more than 1 million people each...



COPD - what causes the lungs to lose their ability to heal?

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the patients' lungs lose their ability to repair damages on their own.



Computer model predicts potential impact of short-course therapy against multidrug-resistant TB

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a computer simulation that helps predict under which circumstances a new short-course treatment regimen for drug-resistant tuberculosis could substantially...