Photo: A house in Africa with solar panels on the roof

Saved by the sun

30/06/2016

A new twist on the use of renewable energy is saving children's lives in Africa. The innovation - a solar powered oxygen delivery system - is providing concentrated oxygen in hospital for children suffering from severe pneumonia.
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Photo: Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the causative agent of tuberculosis

Faster detection of pathogens in the lungs

27/06/2016

What used to take several weeks is now possible in two days: Thanks to new molecular-based methods, mycobacterial pathogens that cause pulmonary infections or tuberculosis can now be detected much more quickly. Time-consuming bacteria cultures no longer need to be taken from the patient samples, meaning that a suitable therapy can be started quickly.
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Photo: mouse lungs

Taking control of key protein stifles cancer spread in mice

24/05/2016

For cancer to spread, the cells that take off into the bloodstream must find a tissue that will permit them to thrive. They don't just go looking, though. Instead, they actively prepare the tissue, in one case by co-opting a protein that suppresses defenses the body would otherwise mount.
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Graphic: Lungs in the human body

Risk of mortality linked to interstitial lung abnormalities

17/05/2016

New research uncovering a link between Interstitial Lung Abnormalities (ILA) and an increased risk of in-hospital mortality was shared at the ATS 2016 International Conference.
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Photo: Hand holds a mobile phone

Health sensing tool measures lung function over a phone call

03/05/2016

Most people in the developing world who have asthma, cystic fibrosis or other chronic lung diseases have no way to measure how well their lungs are functioning outside of a clinic or doctor visit.
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Photo: Woman smoking e-cig

Studies of e-cigs suggest more benefit than harm

26/04/2016

Seven top international tobacco control experts are prompting regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to have a broad "open-minded" perspective when it comes to regulating vaporized nicotine products, especially e-cigarettes.
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