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Minimal air pollution can trigger lung conditions in kids

Minimal air pollution can trigger lung conditions in kids

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April 13 (UPI) -- Brief exposure to minuscule air pollution particles trigger acute lower respiratory infection in young children, according to research.Scientists from Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, Brigham Young University and the University of Utah studied exposure to PM2.5, pollution-causing particles that measure about 3 percent of the diameter of a human hair. Their findings were published Friday in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, an American Thoracic Society journal.The study involved 146,397 patients with acute lower respiratory infection in Utah between 1999 and 2016. The researchers said this is the largest study involving air pollution and children."The most important finding of this study is that infectious processes of respiratory disease may...
Portsmouth hospital missed lung cancer cases

Portsmouth hospital missed lung cancer cases

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A hospital failed to spot cases of lung cancer because it did not check patients' chest X-rays properly, the Care Quality Commission has found.The health watchdog found that three patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth suffered "significant harm". It emerged that junior doctors complained they had been asked to carry out specialist radiology work without the appropriate training.The CQC has now launched a review of NHS radiology services in England.All NHS bodies have been instructed to provide details about their backlogs, turnaround times, staffing and arrangements for routine reporting of images.Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust said it had made an unreserved apology to the families of the three patients, two of whom have died.During their visit in July, CQC inspectors also fou...
Girl's lung collapsed after screaming at One Direction

Girl's lung collapsed after screaming at One Direction

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A 16-year-old fan's 'lung collapsed' after she screamed too much at a One Direction concert, an emergency doctor told the BBC.The girl became short of breath during the concert but continued cheering "because she was a super fan".When she attended the hospital straight afterwards, they found air had leaked into three different anatomical spaces.Published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, it's the first time a case of this kind has been documented.Dr J Mack Slaughter treated the girl, (who remains anonymous) at the Children's Medical Centre in Dallas: "Her oxygen levels were fine. She didn't look like she was seriously ill," he said."But instead of breathing a normal 12-16 times a minute, she was breathing 22 times a minute. So we knew something was a little off by that." In a physical ...