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Study Says: Any Level of Smoking Can Lead to Long-term Lung Damage
January 20, 2020

Study Says: Any Level of Smoking Can Lead to Long-term Lung Damage

Former smokers and people who smoke relatively few cigarettes per day may experience a faster decline in lung function than people who have never smoked, although they still have a slower decline in lung function than current smokers, a new study suggests. The study, “Lung function decline in former smokers and low-intensity current smokers: a…

Study Says: Any Level of Smoking Can Lead to Long-term Lung Damage
Studies Find: Ozone, Wood Smoke Raise Odds of COPD in Smokers and Nonsmokers
January 05, 2020

Studies Find: Ozone, Wood Smoke Raise Odds of COPD in Smokers and Nonsmokers

High levels of ozone and wood smoke each increase the risk for lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among smokers and nonsmokers alike, two new studies find. People with COPD gradually lose their ability to draw a decent breath. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause, but COPD also can be caused by regular…

Studies Find: Ozone, Wood Smoke Raise Odds of COPD in Smokers and Nonsmokers
Not just counterfeit: Legal THC vaping products linked to lung illnesses
December 12, 2019

Not just counterfeit: Legal THC vaping products linked to lung illnesses

New evidence shows that legitimate THC vaping products are also making people sick, meaning that illegal, off-brand vapes aren’t the only products to blame for the current outbreak of vaping-related illnesses. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that at least six patients suspected of having the vaping lung illness purchased THC products at licensed…

Not just counterfeit: Legal THC vaping products linked to lung illnesses
Vaping Cases Continue to Climb
November 19, 2019

Vaping Cases Continue to Climb

Another 121 people have fallen ill, and three more people have died from a vaping lung disease that has now sickened 2,172 people and killed 42, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said November 14th. Federal health officials have been trying to control an outbreak of a mysterious lung disease since the summer. They’re…

Vaping Cases Continue to Climb
Associations Between Sex Hormones and Asthma in Adults
October 22, 2019

Associations Between Sex Hormones and Asthma in Adults

In adults in the United States, sex hormones play a role in gender differences in asthma, and obesity modifies the effects of these hormones, according to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Elevated levels of free testosterone in serum are associated with reduced odds of asthma in women, elevated…

Associations Between Sex Hormones and Asthma in Adults
How Juul’s reputation went from high-tech cool to hazardous and deadly
October 02, 2019

How Juul’s reputation went from high-tech cool to hazardous and deadly

The pendulum swing in the reputation of Juul Labs — from a less-harmful cigarette alternative to a public danger — has engulfed the vaping company in crisis. The company ousted its CEO, suspended advertising and committed to back the Trump administration’s eventual regulations on e-cigarettes. Taken together, the developments underscore how Juul is scrambling to preserve its core…

How Juul’s reputation went from high-tech cool to hazardous and deadly
Identifying Protein Biomarkers for COPD from Exhaled Air Condensate
September 17, 2019

Identifying Protein Biomarkers for COPD from Exhaled Air Condensate

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a medical condition where damage to the airway leads to a chronic inflammatory response. In Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a medical condition where damage to the airway leads to a chronic inflammatory response. In th this case study, scientists from Peking and Shanghai identified novel protein biomarkers…

Identifying Protein Biomarkers for COPD from Exhaled Air Condensate
Study Questions Mainstay Treatment For Mild Asthma
September 02, 2019

Study Questions Mainstay Treatment For Mild Asthma

Steroid inhalers commonly used to prevent asthma attacks may not work any better than a placebo for many people with mild asthma, according to recent research. Synthetic corticosteroids mimic the steroid hormone cortisol, reducing inflammation in the airways. But the drug targets a type of inflammation that may be found in far fewer patients than…

Study Questions Mainstay Treatment For Mild Asthma