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April 7, 1998 | From Associated Press
Pediatricians unable to trace the cause of bleeding lungs in infants should ask parents whether they've had severe water damage in their homes, a national pediatricians group recommended Monday. Severe water damage in wood, wallpaper, ceiling tiles and paper products can sometimes give rise to toxic mold called "stachybotrys" that can attack the lungs of infants and cause bleeding, the American Academy of Pediatrics said.
September 22, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
British researchers have successfully implanted lung cells grown from embryonic stem cells into the lungs of mice, in a move that may one day provide treatments for humans with severe breathing problems. Until now, stem cells have been seen as a promising avenue for conditions such as diabetes and Parkinson's disease, but respiratory ailments have not been considered because of the highly complex nature of lung tissue.
July 27, 2000
Two groups of scientists have simultaneously identified a genetic mutation associated with primary pulmonary hypertension, or PPH, a rare but devastating lung disease. PPH is characterized by uncontrolled proliferation of cells in blood vessels in the lungs. This causes blockages that force the heart to pump harder, increasing blood pressure in the pulmonary artery.
December 25, 1998
Cyndee Spurling of Phoenix might not have made it to Christmas this year if not for a gift from two of her brothers. Spurling, who hovered near death this week because of pulmonary fibrosis, received transplanted lungs Thursday from her brothers, Samuel and Gilbert at USC University Hospital. Vaughn Starnes, the doctor who performed the operation, said Spurling would probably have died within a few days without the surgery.
February 7, 1996
During Black History Month, the American Lung Assn. reports that the mortality rates due to lung disease among blacks is 19.6% higher than that of whites. Other facts: * In 1993, the prevalence of asthma among blacks was more than 22% higher than among whites; blacks represented 12% of the population in the United States, but constituted 21% of all asthma deaths.
September 4, 2006 | From Times wire reports
Lung power normally declines as a person ages but being angry and hostile can speed up the process, researchers said last week. In a study of 670 men ages 45 to 86, they found that males who had higher levels of long-standing anger at the start of the eight-year project had significantly poorer lung function at the end of it. The scientists, who used a scoring system to measure the levels of anger of each of the men, tested their lung power three times during the study.
June 6, 1994 | DAVID REYES
Debi French, the 18-year-old student who contracted tuberculosis while attending La Quinta High School, got a warm welcome from a group of friends and relatives Sunday at John Wayne Airport after returning from a Denver hospital where she had a lung operation. "She's in excellent health," said French's mother, Patti French. "I'm very thankful." Last year, 17 La Quinta students, including French, were found with active cases and another 175 had been exposed to tuberculosis.
June 16, 1988 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Medical Writer
Respiratory disease rates have risen to disproportionately high levels among minority groups in the United States at a time when the tobacco industry is intensifying its efforts to woo minority smokers, health officials said Wednesday. Public and private health officials at a national meeting in Los Angeles said there is a growing gap between whites and minority groups in their rates of lung cancer, tuberculosis, asthma, pneumonia and other conditions that affect the lungs.
November 7, 1988 | From Times staff and wire reports
Babies who are at increased risk for developing respiratory problems later in life appear to have reduced lung function very early in life, researchers have found. Dr. Lynn M. Taussig and her colleagues at the Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson tested 124 babies and found those who had poorer lung function as newborns were much more likely to develop lower respiratory tract illness during their first year of life.
January 14, 1990 | From Associated Press
Twelve people who were exposed to the metal beryllium while working at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant have contracted a deadly lung disease, an Energy Department study obtained by a newspaper says. Eight current Rocky Flats workers and four retired employees tested positive for berylliosis, the Denver Post reported in Sunday editions.
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