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One Step Closer To A Breath Test For Lung Cancer

Fred R. Hirsch, MD, PhD, investigator at the CU Cancer Center and professor of medical oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
Source; University of Colorado Cancer Center

Results of a University of Colorado Cancer Center study presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) show that a test of organic compounds in exhaled breath can not only distinguish patients with lung cancer from patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but can also define the stage [...]

Inhaling Hypertonic Saline Decreases Hospital Admissions In Children With Bronchiolitis

Susan Wu, MD
Source: The Saban Research Institute

A team of researchers, led by physicians from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, have found that infants with bronchiolitis who were treated with inhaled hypertonic saline in the emergency department (ED) were less likely to require admission to the hospital compared to infants treated with normal saline. The study, conducted at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and [...]

Breakthrough: Nasal Spray May Soon Replace Pills For Delivering Drugs To The Brain

When a patient sprays a solution with active drugs into his nose cavity, the solution will hit the nasal wall and wander from here through the nasal wall to the relevant places in the brain.
Source: © kirillica / Fotolia

When the doctor gives us medicine, it is often in the shape of a pill. But when it comes to brain diseases, pills are actually an extremely inefficient way to deliver drugs to the brain, and according to researchers from University of Southern Denmark we need to find new and more efficient ways of transporting [...]

Five Lung Transplants Performed At Hospital In 24 Hours

Loyola University Medical Center performed lung transplants on five patients in just over 24 hours. They are, from left, Robert Senander, Karen Emerich, Julie D'Agostino, Linda Kern and Roderick Beck.
Source: Loyola University Medical Center

Loyola University Medical Center recently performed five successful lung transplants in just over 24 hours. Put in perspective, five is the average number of lung transplants performed each day throughout the entire country. The patients, all doing well, are a teacher, a judge, an executive director, a grandmother and an extraordinary young woman who beat [...]

Windshield Washer Fluid A Source Of Legionnaires: Found In Most School Buses

A form of bacteria responsible for respiratory illness, including the deadly pneumonia known as Legionnaire's disease, may be able to grow in windshield washer fluid and was isolated from nearly 75% of school buses tested in one district in Arizona.
Source: Otto Schwake

A form of bacteria responsible for respiratory illness, including the deadly pneumonia known as Legionnaire’s disease, may be able to grow in windshield washer fluid and was isolated from nearly 75% of school buses tested in one district in Arizona, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. [...]