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Pembrokeshire girl, 10, dies waiting for lung transplant

Pembrokeshire girl, 10, dies waiting for lung transplant

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Media playback is unsupported on your device A 10-year-old girl on a waiting list for an emergency double lung transplant has died before a donor could be found.Belle Curran had the rare condition Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), which meant she required a constant supply of oxygen and had to use a wheelchair.Belle, from Pembrokeshire, was diagnosed aged two and had been on the Great Ormond Street transplant list for 18 months.The Belle's Story Facebook page confirmed she died on Friday.Belle, from Wolf's Castle near Haverfordwest, had won lots of bravery awards and inspired many groups and individuals to raise money for charity.She was taken behind the scenes at her favourite TV show Masterchef, visiting the studio in London and met presenter...
Heart disease in short people comes from poor lung function, study say

Heart disease in short people comes from poor lung function, study say

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March 29 (UPI) -- When it comes to developing heart disease, a person's height may matter more than their diet. For shorter people, having poorly functioning lungs can cause heart disease, according to new research published Wednesday in Communications Biology. "Understanding the causal relationship behind an observation such as the inverse relationship between adult height and heart disease risk is important in advancing our knowledge about the disease and has the potential to point towards lifestyle interventions that can impact disease prevention," said Panos Deloukas, a researcher from Queen Mary University of London and study senior author, in a news release. The researchers found that the lung function had a bigger impact on whether shorter people developed traditional risk factors...
Children's noses 'hold clues' to serious lung infections

Children's noses 'hold clues' to serious lung infections

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Examining the bacteria and viruses in the noses of children could give clues to improve the diagnosis and treatment of severe lung infections, a new study has found. Lung infections are a leading cause of death in under-fives worldwide. The study found the make-up of bacteria and viruses was altered in the noses of children with respiratory infections. Researchers say the study helps explain why some children are more prone to developing infections than others. It could also be key to preventing serious lung infections. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that the differences indicated the severity of the condition and could help doctors predict how long the child needs to stay in hospital.They said that in less serious cases, it could reduce...
Lung transplant waiting list rise prompts donation plea

Lung transplant waiting list rise prompts donation plea

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The number of people waiting for a lung transplant has gone up by 46% over the past five years, according to official figures.NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said the challenge of matching lungs of the right size and a rising number of ageing donors are possible factors.It called on people to talk about organ donation, because lung transplants are the only hope for those on the list.The overall waiting list for organs has come down over the same period.There are now 354 people waiting for a new lung in the UK, compared to 242 in 2012-13 - Laura Beattie from Greater Manchester is one of them.'I get breathless even getting dressed'Laura, 29, from Stretford, has cystic fibrosis and was added to the transplant waiting list just over...
Child passive smoking 'increases chronic lung risk'

Child passive smoking 'increases chronic lung risk'

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Non-smoking adults have a higher risk of dying from serious lung disease if they grew up with parents who smoked, according to US research.The researchers said childhood passive smoking was "likely to add seven deaths to every 100,000 non-smoking adults dying annually".The study of 70,900 non-smoking men and women was led by the American Cancer Society.Experts said the best way to protect children was to quit smoking.If participants lived with a smoker during adulthood, there were other health implications, the study found.Smoke exposure of 10 or more hours every week increased their risk of death from ischemic heart disease by 27%, stroke by 23% and chronic obstructive lung disease by 42% compared to those who lived with non-smokers.The study was publish...