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  • Secondhand Smoke, Third-Rate Science

    12/18/2013 8:55:01 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 42 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/18/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    In a perfect world, it wouldn’t be necessary for me to begin this article by affirming that I am not a supporter of smoking, nor am I a paid shill of the tobacco industry. But in our real world–in which a goodly amount of scientific research grant money is awarded on the basis of sensationalized fearmongering results–those who question the validity of such results are often attacked. “Kill the messenger” is hardly a new phenomenon, having been recorded as early as 442 BC in the play Antigone by Sophocles. That said, let’s proceed to the matter at hand: The overblown...
  • Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds

    11/11/2013 7:31:11 PM PST · by carlo3b · 54 replies
    NBC NEWS, HEALTH ^ | JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News
    Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News Jan. 29, 2013 at 4:35 AM ET About 13 percent of double-lung transplants in the U.S. came from donors who were heavy smokers, a new study finds. Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe. What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already...
  • Woman Dies After Receiving Smoker's Lungs in Transplant

    12/19/2012 9:23:13 AM PST · by Baynative · 37 replies
    GMA news ^ | 12/19/12 | LIZ NEPORENT |
    Jennifer Wederell, a 27-year-old British woman with cystic fibrosis, died of lung cancer after she received the lungs of a heavy smoker in an organ transplant.
  • Officials investigate human organs found in storage unit

    08/29/2012 12:00:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | August 28, 2012 6:37 PM | TOM McLAUGHLIN
    Some of the more than 100 human organs Dr. Michael Berkland was believed to have stashed over the years in a storage facility in Pensacola had been meticulously preserved. Others, like one found in a 32-ounce cup purchased at the Dodge Store in Fort Walton Beach and another stashed in a Glad brand plastic bag, were haphazardly handled. “The various different ways he stored them was very odd,” said Jeff Martin, the chief investigator for the First Judicial Circuit’s Medical Examiner’s Office. Berkland, an associate medical examiner who covered Okaloosa and Walton counties from 1997 to 2003, is believed to...
  • Officials investigating possible lungs found on South L.A. sidewalk

    06/11/2012 10:00:54 PM PDT · by null and void · 117 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 11, 2012
    Los Angeles County officials are investigating what appeared to be a pair of lungs found on a sidewalk in unincorporated South Los Angeles. A citizen called to report what she thought were the organs about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the 13100 block of Avalon Boulevard, said Sgt. Robert Dean of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
  • Queens Killer Ripped Out Victim's Heart And Lungs

    01/31/2010 3:31:02 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 925+ views
    Gothamist ^ | 1/23/10
    A Queens man is accused of ripping out a woman's heart and lungs after she turned down his romantic advances and didn't find him a job, according to investigators. After harassing 46-year-old victim Qian Wu for years, 47-year-old suspect Huang Chen is accused of bludgeoning and stabbing her to death and removing her organs, which have not been recovered. Chen, who lives two doors away from Wu's Flushing apartment, met the woman in 2006 when he went to an employment agency she ran out of her home. Apparently, Wu was unable or unwilling to find Chen a job, and the...
  • Naturally occurring lipid blocks RSV infection in lungs

    12/26/2009 8:25:43 AM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 641+ views
    Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered that a naturally occurring lipid in the lung can prevent RSV infection and inhibit spread of the virus after an infection is established. RSV is the major cause of hospitalization for children in the first two years of life, and is increasingly recognized as a dangerous pathogen in adults with chronic lung diseases, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals. Currently, there is no effective vaccine for the virus. The findings, published in the December 21, 2009, issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also help explain how the lipid, known as...
  • Plague or Plan? Ukraine's mystery disease 'burns out lungs'

    11/19/2009 7:18:36 PM PST · by Kartographer · 18 replies · 1,432+ views
    British scientists suspect that swine flu virus has mutated in Ukraine. Some doctors say that flu in the country has shown unprecedented symptoms, creating the effect of burnt lungs
  • Lungs of fatal swine flu patients badly damaged

    09/03/2009 11:39:02 AM PDT · by neverdem · 159 replies · 4,963+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | Sep. 3 2009 | NA
    TORONTO -- The lungs of people who have died from swine flu look more like those of the victims of H5N1 avian influenza than those of people who succumb to regular flu, the chief of infectious diseases pathology at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says. Study of about 70 fatal H1N1 cases so far also reveals there may be more incidences of co-infections with bacteria than was earlier thought, Dr. Sherif Zaki told The Canadian Press in an interview. The damage to lung tissue is consistent with that inflicted by ARDS or acute respiratory distress symptom, Zaki says, referring...
  • WHO Warns Of Severe Form Of Swine Flu

    08/28/2009 4:46:26 PM PDT · by Brugmansian · 73 replies · 1,683+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 28, 2009 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Doctors are reporting a severe form of swine flu that goes straight to the lungs, causing severe illness in otherwise healthy young people and requiring expensive hospital treatment, the World Health Organisation said on Friday.
  • WHO Warns Of Severe Form Of Swine Flu [This Is Very Scary: Directly Attacks The Lungs]

    08/28/2009 10:37:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 49 replies · 1,708+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 28, 2009
    WHO warns of severe form of swine flu By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Doctors are reporting a severe form of swine flu that goes straight to the lungs, causing severe illness in otherwise healthy young people and requiring expensive hospital treatment, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Some countries are reporting that as many as 15 percent of patients infected with the new H1N1 pandemic virus need hospital care, further straining already overburdened healthcare systems, WHO said in an update on the pandemic. "During the winter season in the southern hemisphere, several countries have...
  • 'I'm Better Off Dead. I'm Done': Michael Jackson's Fateful Prediction Just A Week Before His Death

    06/28/2009 10:10:22 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 1,793+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 28, 2009 | Ian Halperin
    'I'm better off dead. I'm done': Michael Jackson's fateful prediction just a week before his death By IAN HALPERIN 28th June 2009 Genetic condition had ruined his lungs and left him unable to sing He became so skeletal, doctors believed he was anorexic He had nightmares about being murdered – and wanted to die He used swine flu as an excuse to avoid coming to England He thought he was agreeing to 10 concerts – it was 50 Whatever the final autopsy results reveal, it was greed that killed Michael Jackson. Had he not been driven – by a cabal...
  • Another try!

    12/08/2008 4:06:13 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies · 785+ views
    self | 120808 | swampsniper
    I got out of the hospital this afternoon, didn't have to rotoroot the heart plumbing as expected, just some newer therapy on my lungs. I'm hoping to get off the oxygen at least some of the time, I feel pretty good right now. Got to grab some new pictures!
  • Getting a Lungful of Stem Cells

    07/10/2008 6:28:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 581+ views
    Treating lung diseases is a high priority--chronic lung diseases are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Now a Canadian team has successfully treated a rare, progressive lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, using the patient's own genetically-modified adult stem cells.   The company Osiris has also started a Phase II clinical trial using its adult stem cell product, Prochymal, for moderate to severe chronic obstructive lung disease. Researchers at Vermont College of Medicine have also shown that cord blood stem cells has the potential to regenerate lung tissue.
  • Good News: Adult Stem Cells Treat Lung Disease

    06/27/2008 8:53:23 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 120+ views
    Citizen Link ^ | 06.25.08
    Two Canadians have been injected with a genetically modified version of their own adult stem cells in an attempt to cure pulmonary hypertension, a rare, debilitating lung disease. The procedure, which has successfully cured rats with pulmonary hypertension, has halted the progress of the disease in the patients. The first patient, who has had the disease for 13 years, is reporting no ill effects from the treatment and has seen her condition improve. Researchers are hopeful that the treatment eventually will reverse or even cure the disease. "The use of ethical stem cells to treat disease is a positive and...
  • Treatment For Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Successful In Animal Model

    01/02/2008 8:04:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 71+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Jan. 1, 2008)
    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a disease with unknown cause with a very severe prognosis; when detected, it is already in an advanced stage. Patients suffering from it cannot develop with normality pulmonary gas exchange, and have a very reduced quality of life. Because of lack of an effective treatment, they rarely survive 5 years after being diagnosed. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis affects 13 out of 100,000 men and 7 out of 100,000 women, normally over 40 years of age. Researchers from the Biomedical Research Institute of Barcelona CSIC (IIBB-CSIC), a centre developing research in the framework of the Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques...
  • Doctor Links a Man’s Illness to a Microwave Popcorn Habit

    09/05/2007 8:12:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies · 1,390+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 5, 2007 | GARDINER HARRIS
    A fondness for microwave buttered popcorn may have led a 53-year-old Colorado man to develop a serious lung condition that until now has been found only in people working in popcorn plants. Lung specialists and even a top industry official say the case, the first of its kind, raises serious concerns about the safety of microwave butter-flavored popcorn. “We’ve all been working on the workplace safety side of this, but the potential for consumer exposure is very concerning,” said John B. Hallagan, general counsel for the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States, a trade association of companies...
  • Nutrition: A Healthy Diet May Keep Chronic Lung Disease at Bay

    05/23/2007 9:39:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 426+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 22, 2007 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry and whole grain foods may offer protection against chronic lung disease, a new study suggests, in addition to the other benefits of such a regimen. Researchers studied more than 42,000 male health professionals enrolled in a long-term study that began in 1986. All filled out food frequency questionnaires, and the scientists ranked them by how closely they followed what the authors call the “prudent” diet, or how much they stuck to a “Western” diet dominated by refined grains, cured and red meats, sweets and French fries. The study appeared online May 15...
  • Too Much Bacon 'Bad For Lungs'

    04/17/2007 1:11:46 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 731+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-16-2007
    Too much bacon 'bad for lungs' Scientists says nitrites in cured meats could be a risk factor COPD Eating large quantities of cured meats like bacon could damage lung function and increase the risk of lung disease. A Columbia University team found people who ate cured meats at least 14 times a month were more likely to have COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, kills around 30,000 people in the UK each year. The report, in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, said nitrites in meat may be to blame....
  • Stem Cell Finding Could Help Reduce Transplant Rejection

    03/08/2007 6:44:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies · 119+ views
    Newswise ^ | 03.08.07
    A new study involving a type of stem cells from the lungs of transplant patients demonstrates for the first time that these progenitor cells reside in adult organs and are not derived from bone marrow, which leads to the possibility that the cells may be able to help with the rejection of donated organs and with various kinds of lung disease. The study by University of Michigan Health System researchers is significant because of the large number of lung transplant patients who experience chronic rejection of donated lungs, with rejection rates of about 60 percent during the first five years...
  • Salve For The Lungs: Aspirin Might Prevent Asthma

    01/26/2007 3:46:21 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 1,022+ views
    Science News ^ | 1-27-2007 | Ben Harder
    Salve for the Lungs: Aspirin might prevent asthma Ben Harder Regular use of aspirin may prevent healthy adults from developing asthma, according to a 5-year study of male doctors. Inflammation in the lungs characterizes asthma. During an attack, inflamed airways constrict, obstructing air flow. The disease affects about 5 percent of men and more than 8 percent of women and children. It most frequently develops during childhood, and some kids outgrow it. For the current study, epidemiologist Tobias Kurth of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and his colleagues analyzed data on some 22,000 male physicians who had participated in...
  • Prayer for dear friends

    12/04/2006 9:39:38 AM PST · by hoppity · 56 replies · 670+ views
    Now | Me
    Hi all, A dear friend of my wife's and mine is very sick. She has a lung disease that no one can figure out. Her doctors at UCLA have said they have never seen anything like this. The symptoms most closely resemble rheumatoid and lupus, I guess. She's 28, and has emphysema, but has never smoked, nor lived with a smoker. She is on the verge of being put on the lung transplant list, but at her age, her immune system might be too strong for new lungs. Here is the link to her blog if you want to learn...
  • Stagnant Air over the PNW Health Alert Vanity

    12/02/2006 6:37:45 AM PST · by Global2010 · 6 replies · 374+ views
    Self | Dec 2 06
    Just a heads up to those who do home medical care esp with those with pulomonary issues. We could not figure out why lung issues started, no infection. We have been self sufficiant after training (on going and many decades) and Doctors to support us to do home health care. However this last week with neb treatments ect ect..the lungs are really junky. Well the air is stagnent. So if others are having issues we just want to remind them to sit up often (our situtation being quad is no easy but ya do what you need to) or what...
  • U of MN researchers turn cord blood into lung cells

    11/09/2006 9:46:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies · 615+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 11. 01.06 | Sara E. Buss
    Discovery step toward developing treatment for various lung diseasesResearchers at the University of Minnesota have, for the first time, coaxed umbilical cord blood stem cells to differentiate into a type of lung cell.  The cord blood cells differentiated into a type of lung cell called type II alveolar cells. These cells are responsible for secreting surfactant, a substance which allows the air sacs in the lungs to remain open, allowing air to move in and out of the sacs. The cells are also responsible for helping to repair the airway after injury.  "In the future, we may be able to...
  • Lung Patients See a New Era of Transplants

    09/24/2006 12:10:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 677+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 24, 2006 | DENISE GRADY
    A quiet revolution in the world of lung transplants is saving the lives of people who, just two years ago, would have died on the waiting list. In the past 16 months, waits have shortened, lists have shrunk, and the number of lung transplants has gone up. Further improvements are expected this year. The changes have all but erased the need for transplants from live donors — desperate, last-ditch operations requiring two donors per patient, usually relatives and friends who risk major surgery in hopes of rescuing a loved one whose time is running out. “It’s almost as if it’s...
  • Extra organs found in body[Dublin]

    09/04/2006 7:12:25 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 73 replies · 2,390+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 04 Sep 2006 | The Scotsman
    A MAJOR investigation has been launched at a Dublin hospital after the remains of a British tourist were sent home containing two hearts and four lungs. The organs were discovered inside the body of 55-year-old Louis Selo during a second post-mortem examination in the UK. Mr Selo, from New Malden in Surrey, died of a massive heart attack at Dublin Airport on 2 August. Mr Selo hit the headlines five years ago when he flew his son to Australia for extremely rare brain surgery.
  • nvestigative Report: Flavoring agent destroys lungs

    08/01/2006 9:06:58 AM PDT · by SheLion · 74 replies · 3,428+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | July 30, 2006 | Chris Bowman
    LOS ANGELES -- Hacking and gasping, Irma Ortiz could cart her groceries only so far before she'd catch other shoppers glaring at her. Mortified, she'd abandon her cart on the spot and bolt for the door. Frank Herrera could gun his dirt bike only so far before choking on the rush of air. Go. Stop. Go. Stop. Exasperated, he gave up riding. Ortiz, 44, and Herrera, 34, are odd candidates for lung transplants, being nonsmokers and having considerable youth on their side. How they lost 70 to 80 percent of their breathing capacity is no less astonishing. They acquired the...
  • WTC Morgue Worker Dies of Respiratory Illness

    03/20/2006 7:42:56 PM PST · by Calpernia · 33 replies · 1,287+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Monday, 20 March 2006 10:29PM
    NEW YORK -- A 41-year-old paramedic who worked at a morgue for months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center was buried Monday after dying of an asbestos-related cancer. Deborah Reeve, a 17-year paramedic, died on March 15 of mesothelioma, a lung cancer associated with exposure to asbestos, her family said. Reeve developed a cough in late 2003 and retired at the end of 2004 after becoming too ill to work. Her doctors and family say her cancer was caused by exposure to toxic dust from the World Trade Center site. City health officials say it's...
  • Vitamin D 'Key For Healthy Lungs'

    12/17/2005 9:30:32 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 838+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-17-2005
    Vitamin D 'key for healthy lungs' Vitamin D is essential for the processing of calcium Vitamin D could play a role in keeping the lungs healthy, research suggests. Patients with higher vitamin D levels in their blood had significantly better lung function, a University of Auckland team found in a study of 14,091 people. The difference between the two was more marked than that between smokers and those who had quit, the study published in the journal Chest said. Dietary supplements could boost lung function, the team suggested, but they added that more research was needed. "Low levels of vitamin...
  • Helping emphysema patients breathe easier

    10/30/2005 11:10:25 AM PST · by ddtorquee · 1 replies · 269+ views
    Over 3.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with emphysema, and its aftermath: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is the fourth-highest cause of death in the US. (The article describes joint US-Israel clinical trials of a new non-invasive approach to treating emphysema) The technique involved injecting the lungs with material described as "biological glue" which completely destroyed the cell connections in the damaged portions and "sealed them up," combined with antibiotics to prevent infection. In the sheep, the damaged lung areas collapsed and scarred, leaving only the healthier, better-functioning parts of the lung intact - the technique essentially reduced the...
  • WARNING: Whooping Cough Outbreak

    06/09/2005 12:26:04 AM PDT · by ppaul · 211 replies · 11,722+ views
    Whooping Cough Outbreak Communities throughout the U.S. are experiencing whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks - the worst in 40 years. If the school nurse or the health department informs you that there is a pertussis outbreak in your school or community, you may need to call your pediatrician. The school or health department will tell you if your child was directly exposed and requires antibiotics. Health departments across the country are acting quickly to prevent the spread of pertussis, so your cooperation in contacting your pediatrician is crucial. Please follow the instruction of the health department. The care of children in...
  • EPA Studies Chemicals Emitted From Microwave Popcorn Linked to Lung Disease [POPCORN ALERT]

    03/11/2004 6:06:46 AM PST · by nuconvert · 47 replies · 2,759+ views
    AP ^ | Mar. 10, 2004
    EPA Studies Chemicals Emitted From Microwave Popcorn Linked to Lung Disease Mar 11, 2004 By Connie Farrow/ Associated Press Writer The Environmental Protection Agency is studying the chemicals released into the air when a bag of microwave popcorn is popped or opened. Exposure to vapors from butter flavoring in microwave popcorn has been linked to a rare lung disease contracted by factory workers in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has said it suspects the chemical diacetyl caused the illnesses. However, health officials insist people who microwave popcorn and eat it at home...
  • Update on Hubby

    02/20/2004 8:10:16 PM PST · by ETERNAL WARMING · 14 replies · 230+ views
    na ^ | Feb. 20, 2004 | ETERNAL WARMING
    Precious Prayer Warriors, My husband is finally stabilized in his breathing. Today they drained fluid from his lungs and took another CAT Scan. They found that the mass is outside the lung but he has blood clots in his lung. So tomorrow they'll take a closer look at that and deal with it first. He's doing much better and I can't tell you how relieved I am. I thankyou all from your prayers and support. I can't tell you how much it means to me. EW
  • Need my prayer warriors.

    02/18/2004 9:31:05 PM PST · by ETERNAL WARMING · 107 replies · 226+ views
    NA ^ | Feb. 18, 2004 | Eternal Warning
    My precious Prayer Warriors, Once again, we need your help and love. I had to admit Norman to the hospital yesterday. I don't understand why, because he seemed to be doing much better. His attitude was terrific, we had a peace, and I was able to get more food in him. But when he had the biopsy, he began with immediate severe pain, sweats, and more labored breathing. Yesterday when he got up he told me he didn't know whether it was morning or night and he couldn't remember our daughter's name. So I prayed all the while he was...
  • Study: Smoking Cannabis Causes Damage to Lungs

    12/05/2003 6:52:42 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 192 replies · 650+ views
    Reuters to My Yahoo! ^ | Patricia Reaney
    LONDON (Reuters) - Smoking cannabis is not the harmless recreational activity it may seem because it can cause lung damage, researchers said Friday. Regularly smoking three or four joints a week, even for less than six years, can impair lung function and rob the body of antioxidants that protect cells against damage that can lead to heart disease and cancer. "Smoking cannabis on a regular basis actually depletes your lung of protective antioxidant substances...and this may have chronic long-term implications for young individuals," said Dr Sarah Nuttall of the University of Birmingham in central England. In a small study involving...
  • Sars virus may 'permanently damage' patients' lungs

    05/10/2003 1:11:15 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies · 337+ views
    HONGKONG health officials said on Saturday they have adjusted their treatment of Sars as they revealed that 10 per cent of patients thought to have recovered from the virus could suffer lasting damage to their lungs. The government's decision to adjust the treatment protocol came as the city recorded two more deaths and seven new Sars cases, bringing the territory's death toll to 212 from 1,674 infections. Director of Health, Dr Yeoh Eng Kiong, said that the decision to adjust the treatment for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) had been taken after studies from the Hong Kong University and Chinese...
  • Prayer Request-My Sister's Terminal Lung Disease

    05/13/2002 10:13:38 AM PDT · by griffin · 354 replies · 883+ views
    Self | 5/13/02 | griffin
    My sister was diagnosed with a rare lung disease on Friday, Interstatial Lung Disease. The prognosis is terminal. She is only 29 and in otherwise good health.Appearantly, an infection, the nature of which is unknown, is producing a constant state of pneumonia. Since the doctors don't know the nature of the infection, they can not stop it. It is causing scar tissue to form all throughout the lungs. Scar tissue isn't very elastic and will not permit oxygen to travel from the lungs to the blood.End result is that the doctor said in 1 to 2 years she will suffocate.Requesting...