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Portable Breath Analyzer Spots Lung Disease Faster Than Doctors

A small, portable breath monitor can quickly and accurately detect acute respiratory distress syndrome, researchers report. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an often deadly disease that causes fluid to leak into the lungs and demands early diagnosis. To detect the condition today, doctors rely heavily on their own judgment and time-consuming tests. The researchers […]

Myoepithelial Cells Are Reserve Stem Cells For Lung Airway Repair

A new population of stem cells that appear to be important for regenerating the airway following severe injury has been identified by researchers at the University of Iowa. The cells, known as glandular myoepithelial cells (MECs), were found to be surprisingly flexible. Our airway is a system of branching tubes that connects the nose and […]

Stem Cell Therapy Could Treat COPD Lung Damage

A cell-based therapy for treating lung tissue damaged by respiratory diseases is showing promise in early stage trials, scientists at Imperial College London and Hong Kong University report. The stem cells can reduce some of the damage seen in human lung cells exposed to cigarette smoke in the lab, as well as reducing similar effects […]

Stem Cell Therapy For Lung Fibrosis Conditions

Promising research towards a possible stem cell treatment for several lung conditions has been developed by scientists from the UNC School of Medicine and North Carolina State University. The conditions include idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cystic fibrosis — often-fatal conditions that affect tens of millions of Americans. The team […]

Corticosteroids May Make Severe Asthma Worse For Some

The molecular mechanism underlying corticosteroid resistance in patients with severe asthma has been uncovered by researchers. They also found that the drug — the main treatment for asthma — may make the condition worse for these patients. Asthma is a lifelong disorder characterized by airway inflammation that leads to wheezing, breathlessness, and coughing. It affects […]