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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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Himalayan powerhouses: How Sherpas have evolved superhuman energy efficiency

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Sherpas have evolved to become superhuman mountain climbers, extremely efficient at producing the energy to power their bodies even when oxygen is scarce, suggests new research published in the...

Researchers pinpoint how diesel fumes could cause 'flare up' of respiratory symptoms

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Scientists have shown how diesel fumes trigger respiratory reflexes which could potentially worsen underlying conditions, such as asthma.

Antibiotic therapy for nearly 1 in 4 adults with pneumonia does not work

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Approximately one in four (22.1 percent) adults prescribed an antibiotic in an outpatient setting (such as a doctor's office) for community-acquired pneumonia does not respond to treatment, according...

Smokers with low muscle mass may be likelier to die

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study finds a correlation between a loss of chest muscle mass and death risk among smokers with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Lung nodules; Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Sat, 20 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Lung nodules are common, but what are they? In this article, learn about lung nodules, how they are caused and diagnosed, and how they may be prevented.

Proof-of principle study finds imatinib improves symptoms for patients with severe asthma

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Mast cells, a type of white blood cell, are present in the airways of severe asthmatics even in the face of aggressive treatment, and their presence is associated with key indicators of severe asthma.

Effects of diabetes on the body and organs

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In this article, we look at how diabetes affects different organs and bodily processes. What can be done to minimize complications?

Scientists discover abundance of uncommon superbug strain in Greater Houston area

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists used genome sequencing to discover that an otherwise rare strain of a superbug was found in more than one-third of the Houston patients studied.

New lung 'organoids' in a dish mimic features of full-size lung

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Mini organs' may aid in understanding, treating respiratory diseases.New lung "organoids" - tiny 3-D structures that mimic features of a full-sized lung - have been created from human...

Respiratory infections raise heart attack risk by 17 times

Mon, 15 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A new study suggests that during the first 7 days of a respiratory infection, the risk of having a heart attack is 17 times higher.

Drug-resistant tuberculosis set to increase in four high burden countries

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis are forecasted to increase in the four high burden countries (India, the Philippines, Russia, and South Africa) between 2000 and 2040, with the upturn likely to...

Quit-smoking drug safe for patients with lung disease, study finds

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Medication that helps smokers to quit is safe for use by people with chronic lung conditions, research suggests.

Low vitamin D does not raise risk of asthma or dermatitis, study shows

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study examines whether vitamin D supplementation decreases the risk of childhood and adult-onset asthma, atopic dermatitis, or allergies.

Cheyne-Stokes respiration: What you need to know

Sat, 06 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In this article, we look at an abnormal breathing pattern called Cheyne-Stoke respiration, including its symptoms, treatment, and possible prevention.

Spirometry: What to expect with the lung function test

Wed, 03 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

What are spirometry tests and why are they performed? Learn about the procedure, how the results are read, and what other testing methods may be available.

Tonic water compounds prevent allergic asthma in mice

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A new study reveals that two compounds used to flavor tonic water - chloroquine and quinine - prevented airway inflammation in mice with allergic asthma.

Scientists uncover interactions between bacteria that infect the lungs in cystic fibrosis

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Substances produced by a harmful bacterium in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients may enhance the growth of other bacteria that, in turn, inhibit the harmful bacterium's biofilm, according to new...

Ancient enzyme protects lungs from common irritant produced by bugs and mold

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The beetle's tough shell and the crab's sturdy armor both owe their strength to a compound called chitin (pronounced "KAI-tin"), one of the toughest known natural materials and also one of most...

Inhaled steroids may increase pneumonia risk in people with asthma

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Use of inhaled corticosteroids was linked with an increased risk of pneumonia in a study of individuals with asthma.

Study defines thunderstorm asthma epidemic conditions

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

As allergy sufferers can attest, thunderstorm activity can exacerbate asthma and respiratory ailments.

Common antibiotic azithromycin not linked to increased risk of abnormal heartbeat

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The commonly used antibiotic azithromycin is not linked to an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmia, an often life-threatening rapid, irregular heartbeat, according to a large study published in...

Experimental drug targets nucleus of allergen-sensitized cells

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Transcription factors, the tiny proteins that switch genes on or off in the nucleus of cells, are considered unreachable molecular targets for drugs attempting to treat medical conditions.

Legionella bacteria's escape route revealed

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The precise mechanism used by Legionella bacteria to escape the body's defences has been unpicked in intricate detail and is described for the first time in the journal eLife.

Tuberculosis: Researchers uncover how bacteria burst our cells

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists based in Vienna unveil the complex molecular structure that causes lethal infections by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb).

Potential new treatment for cystic fibrosis uncovered

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

New research suggests that thymosin alpha 1 can correct the genetic defects typical of cystic fibrosis and stop the progression of the disease.