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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...