October 30, 2006 |
Statin drugs, which have become the world's No. 1 selling drugs by cutting cholesterol and the risk of heart attacks and stroke, may also slow the lung damage done by smoking, researchers have reported. Current and former smokers who used statins lost less of their lung function than those who did not, researchers said at a meeting last week of the American College of Chest Physicians.
December 25, 1989 |
Doctors say heavy smoking of crack is making addicts critically ill with symptoms similar to pneumonia, according to a published report. The condition, which has been dubbed "crack-lung," is not readily detected unless patients tell doctors of their crack addiction, the New York Times said Sunday. If not treated properly, it can lead to death.
April 7, 1998 |
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 |
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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
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.
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June 6, 1994 |
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 |
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.