January 14, 1990 |
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.
January 6, 1996 |
Controversial lung surgeries that draw hundreds of desperate emphysema sufferers each year to Orange County specialists no longer will be covered by Medicare, until the federal government is satisfied the procedures are safe and effective. The announcement has forced at least two hospitals in the county with growing surgical programs for emphysema patients to notify scores of seriously ill people across the country that their scheduled operations must be put off indefinitely.
October 25, 1991 |
Scientists here have developed an artificial lung substance that in animal tests prevented respiratory distress syndrome--a significant killer of adults and premature babies, according to a study published today in a scientific journal. Researchers have labored for years to develop a synthetic form of the substance, called surfactant. Each year about 39,000 premature babies are born without surfactant and develop respiratory distress syndrome, an inability to keep air sacs open in the lungs.
November 16, 1994 |
A new study proves for the first time that smokers who quit wind up with healthier lungs, no matter how long they have smoked, researchers said Tuesday. The study involved more than 5,800 smokers who were victims of chronic obstructive lung disease, a combination of emphysema and bronchitis that is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. "This is the first time we've seen proof that if you stop smoking at any age, you will have healthier lungs," said Dr.
January 22, 1990 |
Doctors at Penn State University's Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., say they are ready to implant the world's first artificial lung into a human recipient. They said a membrane lung similar to those in heart-lung machines is ready to be tested, and the search for a patient has begun. The new device will be the first ever to be directly inserted in the body.
May 28, 1996 |
Dr. Robert Kovan, a psychiatrist, was forced into retirement in 1994 because he could no longer talk to his patients. His lungs, scarred by a lifetime smoking habit of two packs a day, would not provide him enough breath to speak in complete sentences. Kovan became permanently linked to an oxygen tank, his outside excursions limited to brief trips on an electric cart. "I was drained all the time from struggling to breathe," Kovan said. "It's like suffocating.
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November 7, 1996 |
Before being born in August at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, the fetus had a bowel movement in the womb that got into her lungs, producing chemical pneumonia. After delivery, physicians at Harbor-UCLA were unable to get enough oxygen into the infant's blood and transferred her to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, which has state-of-the-art technology for the management of lung disease. None of the new technology worked, however, and Dr.
February 7, 1990 |
A teen-age girl died this morning 4 1/2 days after becoming the world's first recipient of an implanted device that works like a lung. LDS Hospital spokesman Tim Madden said Melicia Harvey, 16, of Arthur City, Tex., died of pulmonary failure at 5:30 a.m. The experimental IntraVascular Oxygenator--a 20-inch bundle of hollow synthetic fibers that delivers oxygen to the blood--functioned as intended until the girl's death, Madden said.
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February 27, 1997 |
Nitric oxide, an ingredient in smog that is also used by the body to control blood pressure, kill tumor cells and boost erections, may help newborn babies with lung problems breathe more easily. Two studies in the Feb. 27 New England Journal of Medicine show that newborn babies with breathing difficulties did not need drastic treatment if they inhaled small amounts of the gas.
July 13, 1986 |
In 1906, an English physician published one of the first reports of death by asbestos, writing of "spicules of asbestos" in the lungs of a 33-year-old factory worker who died of pulmonary fibrosis. Despite such early links to respiratory disease, the use of asbestos grew with the century. An easily mined mineral, it could be woven like cotton into a fabric that resisted flames and acids. Easily fabricated, it was tough enough to brake speeding locomotives.