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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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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.

'Lung sparing effect' may protect lung function at the expense of other growth in malnourished children

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A new study suggests that in cases of severe malnutrition, the body may prioritise lung development at the expense of other less vital growth.

Common sedatives raise pneumonia risk in Alzheimer's patients

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study examines the link between the commonly prescribed benzodiazepines and the risk of developing pneumonia among people with Alzheimer's disease.

Targeted prevention of cardiovascular and digestive disorders may have the greatest effect on reducing the risk of death following joint replacement

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A study of nearly 720,000 hip and knee replacement patients has shown that clinicians should be aware of a patient's potential for post-operative complications relating to the digestive system as...

Doctors develop novel flu test to speed up respiratory treatment

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Doctors in Southampton have developed a novel way of using a swab test which can rapidly diagnose flu and other viral infections in patients with severe respiratory conditions - resulting in...

Scientists expose protein responsible for allergic diseases

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists at VIB-UGent have managed to unravel the functioning of what is thought to be the 'master protein' that drives a range of widespread allergic diseases, such as asthma and eczema.

MERS-like coronavirus identified in Ugandan bat: New viruses not likely to spread to humans

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers in the United States and Uganda has identified a novel coronavirus in a bat from Uganda that is similar to the one causing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in people...

Trial of new triple inhaler shows 20% reduction in COPD flare-ups

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Flare-ups in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the UK's fourth leading cause of death, can be reduced by 20% by a combined triple inhaler, according to the results of a trial of more than...

Discovery may help patients beat deadly pneumonia

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have found that a hormone responsible for controlling iron metabolism helps fight off a severe form of bacterial pneumonia, and that discovery may offer a simple way to help vulnerable...

A new test to rapidly identify worldwide TB infections

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Tuberculosis (TB), once better known as consumption for the way its victims wasted away, has a long and deadly history, with estimates indicating it may have killed more people than any other...

The mechanism of mucus: Discovery could lead to better cystic fibrosis treatments

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People with cystic fibrosis (CF) suffer repeated lung infections because their airway mucus is too thick and sticky to keep bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens from causing chronic infection.

Global rise of multidrug resistant tuberculosis threatens to derail decades of progress

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New antibiotics are becoming available for the first time but without accurate diagnostics, clear treatment guidelines, and improved control efforts, their effectiveness could be rapidly lost...

Lung cancer complications: Signs, treatment, and outlook

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

In this article, we discuss the most common complications that can develop from lung cancer, including neuropathy, blocked airways, and pleural effusion.

Small cell vs. non-small cell lung cancer: What are the differences?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:00:00 PDT

In this article, we take a close look at two types of lung cancer. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, and various treatments here.

Small cell lung cancer: Symptoms, treatment, and outlook

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:00:00 PDT

What is small cell lung cancer and what are the causes and associated risk factors? How is SCLC diagnosed and what are the different stages?

Old target, new mechanism for overcoming tuberculosis resistance

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In strains of tuberculosis that have developed drug resistance mutations, researchers have identified a secondary pathway that can be activated to reinstate drug sensitivity.

Living with A-fib: Tips and outlook

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In this article, learn about A-fib and the recommended lifestyle changes a person may make. What does A-fib do to the body and how might it be treated?

Ten home remedies for bronchitis

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining in the bronchial tubes. In this article, learn about natural remedies and how to cope with symptoms at home.

Novel technique helps diagnose swimming-induced respiratory condition

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Exercise-induced obstruction of the larynx, or voice box, is often a cause of respiratory symptoms in athletes and is particularly prevalent in swimmers.