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Ground-breaking blood test could reduce lung cancer deaths

Ground-breaking blood test could reduce lung cancer deaths

Technology
A ground-breaking blood test could cut the number of people who die from lung cancer each year.Lung cancer is the third most common cancer but it has a very high mortality rate. Less than 9% of patients survive more than five year after diagnosis - often because it is spotted too late. A trial of 12,209 high-risk patients in Scotland found that those who took the blood test were diagnosed at an earlier stage than those who received standard care.Oncimmune Holdings, the global company that designed the test, said it works by detecting autoantibodies made by the body's immune system as a natural defence against cancer cells.In a statement, it said: "Lung cancer was chosen as the first target of the technology because it is the world's leading cause of cancer-related death and is often detect...
Easy Rider star Peter Fonda dies after lung cancer battle

Easy Rider star Peter Fonda dies after lung cancer battle

Entertainment
Easy Rider actor and writer Peter Fonda has died aged 79 after respiratory failure from lung cancer, his family have said.The son of actor Henry Fonda and the brother of actress Jane Fonda died at his home in Los Angeles on Friday morning. Image: Peter Fonda in the 1969 road movie classic Easy Rider In a statement his family said: "While we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life."In honour of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom."Fonda was born in New York in 1940 to Hollywood star Henry and his socialite wife Frances Ford Seymour. Advertisement He carved his own path ...
Pembrokeshire girl, 10, dies waiting for lung transplant

Pembrokeshire girl, 10, dies waiting for lung transplant

Health
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

Health
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

Health
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...