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The concentration of metals in electronic cigarette aerosols — or vapor — has increased since tank-style electronic cigarettes were introduced in 2013, scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have found[1]. Electronic cigarettes, which consist of a battery, atomizing unit, and refill fluid, are now available in new tank-style designs, equipped with more powerful batteries… Read more

The cytokine, Interleukin 27 (IL-27), may be the key to fighting and treating respiratory syncytial virus infections, research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine suggests. Viral infections that occur in a patient’s lungs are a significant cause of hospitalization and death… Read more

Starving immune cells of key nutrients blunts their ability to launch an allergic response, according to new research from a multi-institutional collaboration led by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators. The findings illuminate how nutrients help drive tissue inflammation caused by the immune system. The insights could lead to new treatments for a wide range of inflammatory… Read more

Taking a deep breath might be a bit harder for children exposed early in life to a widely used class of pesticides in agriculture, according to a new paper by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. A new study has linked the levels of organophosphate pesticide metabolites in the urine of 279 children living… Read more

Adult asthma patients who are obese have worse lung function and more difficulty controlling their symptoms than asthma patients who are not obese. A new study traces the path toward worse lung function in children and young adults who become obese as they age. The study followed more than 750 children ages 5-12 into early… Read more