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Study establishes lung health response to cement dust exposure
Long-term exposure to cement dust at levels that are comparable to the present occupational exposure limits could cause a decline in lung volumes, according to a new study.
The research, published today (21 April, 2016) in the European Respiratory Journal, is the first study to assess whether differing levels of exposure have a different level of impact on lung health.
High numbers of patients in poorer countries are missing essential lung cancer tests and treatment
Severe inequalities exist between countries regarding the availability of an essential lung cancer test and a drug which together can improve outcomes for patients through a personalised approach to treatment.
Health experts call for improved TB care for refugees
Refugees traveling across countries in Europe must have better access to Tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics and treatments in order to prevent a rise in new cases of the disease, according to experts writing in the European Respiratory Journal today.
Physical activity found to decrease risk of dying in COPD
Any amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity can effectively reduce the risk of dying after hospitalisation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study.
Asthma linked to an increased time to pregnancy
Asthma has been associated with a prolonged time to pregnancy and a decreased birth rate in a new clinical observation study.
Air pollution exposure during pregnancy linked with asthma risk
Babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic sources during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing asthma before the age of 5 years, according to new findings.
Do asthma and COPD truly exist?
Defining a patient’s symptoms using the historical diagnostic labels of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an outdated approach to understanding an individual’s condition, according to experts writing in the European Respiratory Journal today.
Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis: rationale and clinical guidelines for diagnosis and management
The world’s first guidelines for chronic fungal lung infections for doctors and laboratories have been published today, by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID).
First international patient registry launched for rare lung disease, primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD)
The first international patient registry has been launched for primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) – a rare lung disease causing long-term and recurring respiratory infections, with no approved treatments and no cure.
Risk of childhood wheeze from antibiotic use in third trimester of pregnancy
Antibiotic use in pregnancy is a widely debated topic. A new study has examined the relationships between antibiotic use during the third trimester of pregnancy and the risk of childhood wheeze, finding an increased risk of wheeze associated with antibiotic use.
Major European study moves a step closer to treatments for severe asthma
Initial findings from a major European study have helped identify key characteristics of severe asthma, which will help with the development of new treatments for patients with the condition.
Novel treatment algorithm launched in ESC/ERS pulmonary hypertension guidelines
A novel treatment algorithm for pulmonary arterial hypertension is launched today in new pulmonary hypertension guidelines from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Respiratory Society (ERS). The protocol aims to give patients the best chance of a good clinical outcome in a condition with dismal prognosis which puts severe limitations on patient choices including avoiding pregnancy, excessive physical activity and certain types of travel.
Smoking legislation prevents more than 11,000 child hospital admissions in England each year
The introduction of smoke-free legislation in England was associated with over 11,000 fewer admissions to hospital a year from respiratory infections in children, according to a new study.
ERS and ATS publish statement on the current state and future directions of COPD research
The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and American Thoracic Society (ATS) have published a statement describing the current evidence on the diagnosis, assessment and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), identifying gaps in knowledge and making recommendations for the directions of future research.
Dramatic rise expected in adults living with cystic fibrosis
The number of people living with cystic fibrosis into adulthood is expected to increase dramatically by 2025, prompting calls for the development of adult cystic fibrosis services to meet the demand.
ERS and WHO publish TB elimination framework
A landmark article on the new action framework targeting the elimination of TB in over 30 countries has been published by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and World Health Organization (WHO) today.
Air quality in nursing homes affecting lung health of residents
Exposure to high levels of PM10 and NO2 was significantly associated with breathlessness and cough. High levels of PM0.1 were associated with wheeze during the last year and high concentrations of formaldehyde were linked with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Higher rate of asthma seen in toddlers who share a bed with their parents
New research suggests that toddlers who share a bed with their parents might have an increased risk of asthma in later childhood.
High incidence of bowel disease seen in people with lung conditions
People with airway diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), have a higher incidence of inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to the findings of a new study.
New study reveals strong link between higher levels of pollution and lung health of European citizens
This study confirms previous findings that children growing up in areas with higher levels of pollution will have lower levels of lung function and a higher risk of developing symptoms such as cough and bronchitis symptoms.
Higher death rates for weekend hospital stays regardless of day of admission
People hospitalised with COPD or pneumonia are more likely to die during a weekend stay in hospital, according to a new study.
Sleep apnoea linked with blood sugar levels
Sleep apnoea has been linked with elevated blood sugar levels, suggesting people with the condition could be at an increased risk of cardiovascular illness and mortality.
New consensus reached to help tackle multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant TB
New consensus statements have been developed to help tackle the growing threat of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB).
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This page was updated on 31 March, 2016