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Workplace exposure to metalworking fluid may cause irreversible lung disease

Occupational exposure to fluid commonly used in metal machining operations may be related to a rare, irreversible lung disease, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society’s (ERS) International Congress today (28 September, 2015). Although metalworking fluid is known to be associated with lung diseases involving the immune system, such as asthma and hypersensitivity [...]

Targeted method of drug delivery to lung developed

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have developed a new method that can target delivery of very small volumes of drugs into the lung. Their approach, in which micro-liters of liquid containing a drug are instilled into the lung, distributed as a thin film in the predetermined region of the lung [...]

Understanding lung disease in Aboriginal Australians

A new study has confirmed that Aboriginal Australians have low forced vital capacity-or the amount of air that can be forcibly exhaled from the lungs after taking the deepest breath possible. The finding may account for the increased overall impact of lung disease among Aboriginal people in Australia that has previously been attributed to chronic [...]

We’re all going to die; DNA strands on the end of our chromosomes hint when

BYU biologist Jonathan Alder has a startling secret he doesn’t freely share: he knows when most of us are going to die. OK, he doesn’t know exactly the day or time, but he has a pretty good idea, thanks to his research on tiny biological clocks attached to our chromosomes. These DNA end caps, called [...]

Drugs used to treat lung disease work with the body clock

Scientists from The University of Manchester have discovered why medication to treat asthma and pneumonia can become ineffective. The findings, published in Nature Medicine, show that drugs widely used to treat lung diseases work with the body clock. In the UK pneumonia, which is caused by an infection, affects around 1 in 1000 adults each [...]