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An inquest has heard that a man from Suffolk died from a blood clot in his lung ten days after a tattoo on his leg became infected.An inquest has heard that a man from Suffolk died from a blood clot in his lung ten... more
Analysis from experts at Cancer Research UK has predicted that rates of lung cancer will fall by almost a fifth over the next 20 years.Analysis from experts at Cancer Research UK has predicted that rates of lung cancer... more
Study: Process of breast-feeding for more than 4 months aids lung capacity
Children who are breast-fed for at least 4 months may have better lung function than children who are breast-fed for shorter periods of time and children who are bottle fed, a new study suggests.
Among 10-year old children, researchers found greater lung function and capacity in those who were breast-fed for 4 months or longer during infancy.
"The physical exercise caused by suckling at the breast — about six times daily on average for more than 4 months — may result in increased lung capacity and increased airflow in breast-fed children compared with bottle-fed children," Dr. Ikechukwu U. Ogbuanu told Reuters Health.Study: Process of breast-feeding for more than 4 months aids lung capacity Children... more
Discovery-News.com: Researchers at Draper Labs have developed a new type of endoscope that sees deep into tissue. Discovery News finds out how this might be able to give a more rapid diagnosis of cancer.
For more technology news stories, check out http://dsc.discovery.com/technologyDiscovery-News.com: Researchers at Draper Labs have developed a new type of endoscope... more
A British Medical Journal study found smokers are twice as likely to quit if their doctor tells them how old their lungs are.
We teamed up with the British Lung Foundation to test six volunteers using a spirometry test, which measures how much air you can expel from your lungs in the first second of breathing out.
Lung age is then calculated using a mathematical formula that compares the readings to those of healthy non-smokers.A British Medical Journal study found smokers are twice as likely to quit if their... more
Newborn babies who are exposed to air pollution in the womb have to breathe faster to get more oxygen into their lungs, according to research confirming environmental fumes can damage a child's lungs before birth.
A study of 241 Swiss infants shows for the first time that the more pollution a pregnant woman breathes in, the more her baby will struggle for breath.
Australian child health experts say the findings support recent research on Brisbane mothers and help build a case for more environmentally-friendly town planning and better efforts to avoid pollutants in pregnancy.
"This is scary proof that we need to be paying a lot more attention to how we are designing our cities," said Professor Peter Sly, director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on Children's Environmental Health in Perth.
Respiratory specialists at the University of Bern measured the day-to-day air quality of a group of pregnant women and measured lung health of their babies at five weeks.
Babies of mothers who had the highest exposure to pollution breathed an average of 48 times a minute, compared with 42 for those less exposed.
They also had higher levels of exhaled nitric oxide, a marker of airway inflammation.
Those living within 150 metres of a major road were most affected, lead researcher Philipp (Philipp) Latzin told the European Respiratory Society congress in Berlin.
Previous studies have only shown lung damage from air pollution in school-aged children.
Dr Latzin said he was uncertain of the mechanisms but it was possible that oxidative stress and inflammation in the mother's lungs may stifle blood flow to the placenta, reducing nutrient supply.
If the popular theory that exposure to toxins in the womb has lasting effects proves true, "then these early influences on the respiratory system will lead to an increase in lung disease in adulthood and reduce life expectancy," Dr Latzin said.
Prof Sly said this was further evidence for a need to strengthen pollution reduction measures and improve town planning.
"With too many road developments in Australia the only concern is moving traffic and that has to change," Prof Sly said.
"Air pollution has a serious impact on people living near major roads and these roads are everywhere.
"Climate change is going to increase humidity and make the situation worse so we need to get smart about it now."Newborn babies who are exposed to air pollution in the womb have to breathe faster to... more
7-year-old Natalie Archibald suffers from a potentially lethal illness and is kept alive by four daily doses of Viagra.
When Natalie first fell ill 18 months ago, doctors put it down to over-excitement. But she was later found to be suffering from the lung condition primary pulmonary hypertension, a rare affliction in children. She was taken to Great Ormond Street children's hospital in London, where she was prescribed Viagra, better known for helping men's sex lives.
Mother Janis Archibald, 46, said: "At first when we saw the programme of drugs, Viagra was given the proper medical name (of Sildenafil or Revatio) so we didn't know what it was. It was only when we looked into it a bit more and, of course, then came all the jokes. But seriously, it has transformed her life. I've never seen her so happy. She can run, jump, skip – all the things her friends do."
Since starting the programme of drugs, Natalie is no longer experiences such symptoms, but the condition still threatens her life. The incurable illness causes high blood pressure in the lungs and strains the heart, with potentially fatal consequences. Viagra opens the arteries and improves blood flow to her lungs.
7-year-old Natalie Archibald suffers from a potentially lethal illness and is kept... more
Cuban scientists on Tuesday unveiled a therapeutic lung cancer vaccine which they say is the first in the world and extends the lives of victims by up to five months. Gisela Gonzalez at the Havana Molecular Immunological Center, where the unveiling was held, said that research on the Cimavax EGF vaccine began in 1992, with the first clinical test in 1995.
It is the first registered vaccine in the world designed to battle lung cancer, said Gonzalez, who heads the medical team that developed the compound.The vaccine, based on two proteins, triggers an immune response from the victim's body and has no side effects, Gonzalez said.
The research team's director of clinical investigations, Tania Crombet, said that the vaccine serves as a compliment to conventional methods like chemotherapy and radiotherapy, allowing cancer victims to live between four and five months longer, and improves their breathing and decreases their pain.
The vaccine is available in Cuba, and will be commercialized in Latin America, starting in Peru, Gonzalez said.Cuban scientists on Tuesday unveiled a therapeutic lung cancer vaccine which they say... more