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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...
New drug may treat difficult lung, pancreatic cancer tumors

New drug may treat difficult lung, pancreatic cancer tumors

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May 29 (UPI) -- A new class of drugs, known as SHP2 inhibitors, may be effective against a wider range of cancers than previously thought, including treating pancreatic and lung cancer tumors, the Technical University of Munich said Tuesday. The drugs, which are typically not used on patients with hard-to-treat tumors, are currently being tested on patients with aggressive cancers, TUM said in a statement. Both pancreatic and lung cancers are collectively classified as KRAS tumors, due to their shared genetic error. The genetic error means that cell proteins, which are involved in cell division, no longer work properly and are always active -- leading to overactive cell division and tumor formation. Because KRAS proteins also play a crucial role for healthy cells, deactivating the protei...
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...