Health News

Combat Cough Revisited
American veterans serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home with more than honor and dignity. Our soldiers are coming home with a respiratory disease the government is calling Iraq-Afghanistan War Lung Injury (IAW-LI).
Cystic Fibrosis Drug Treats 'Celtic Gene'
New research has shown that the basic defect in those with cystic fibrosis (CF) can be treated with a new drug which can lead to better lung function and alleviation of symptoms.
Inhaler Linked to Increased COPD Deaths
Johns Hopkins-led research suggests using Respimat Soft Mist Inhaler to deliver tiotropium (Spiriva) to chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) patients is linked to a 52 percent increase in risk of death.
Non-invasive Ventilation Trumps Other Weaning Methods
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may also suffer from chronic hypercapnic respiratory failure (CHRF).
E-Waste May Cause Lung Problems
E-waste, or electronic waste, describes computers, televisions, printers and mobile phones that have gone on to meet their maker. Safely processing the 20-50 million tons of e-waste should adhere to worldwide standards.
Cockroach Allergens Linked To Asthma
Children can live as little as two blocks from each other in New York City and have an asthma occurrence two to three times greater in one neighborhood as opposed to the other. Researchers decided to take a look at each asthmatic's home environment.
Biological Agent Could Fight Antibiotic Resistance
A new class of antibiotics has been discovered from the family of bacteria called Burkolderia, a bug that usually causes disease in patients with cystic fibrosis
Extinguishing Tobacco Deaths Around the World
Did you know that tobacco will kill 6 million people around the world this year? And by 2030, that number will be 8 million. The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading the fight against this epidemic.
Personal Medicine Goes High Tech With Online Journal
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) has published a free, easy-to-use online tool to track exercise-induced asthma symptoms. This high tech journal is designed for patients to record asthma attacks triggered by exercise.
Treasures in Clay Jars
Johns Hopkins Institute for Genetic Medicine researchers working in conjunction with the North American Cystic Fibrosis Consortium have discovered two regions of the genome that affect the severity of cystic fibrosis.