Is cadmium a factor in flu, pneumonia, COVID death rates?

New research suggests a link between cadmium exposure and deaths from influenza, pneumonia, and possibly COVID-19.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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New role for ultrasound: Imaging lungs

Scientists once thought ultrasound would never be useful in looking at lung health. An expert explains how new advances are changing that.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Dec. 3, 2020 ~12 min

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Vaping may up your risk of lung disease by over 40%

People who used e-cigarettes in the past were 21% more likely to develop respiratory disease, and current users had a 43% higher risk, a new study finds.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
Nov. 30, 2020 ~6 min

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‘Cytokine storms’ aren’t behind most COVID-19 lung failures

Few people with severe COVID-19 suffer from unbridled inflammation, researchers report. That suggests anti-inflammatory drugs may not help most patients.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Nov. 23, 2020 ~9 min

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Cystic fibrosis mucus acts like sushi rice

Excess mucus that affects people with cystic fibrosis stick together when compressed. Think of it the same way compressed rice sticks to food to make sushi.

Amerigo Allegretto-Pitt • futurity
Nov. 16, 2020 ~5 min

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Cigarette smoke can reprogram cells in your airways, causing COPD to hang on after smoking ends

A new discovery offers hope for ways to treat a debilitating disease that has become a leading cause of death in the US..

Bradley Richmond, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~8 min

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Lab-made mini-lungs mimic real COVID infections

Living human lung air sacs grown in a lab in tiny dishes mimic the real thing. These mini-lungs could accelerate COVID-19 research, scientists report.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
Oct. 26, 2020 ~7 min

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‘Mini-lungs’ reveal early stages of SARS-CoV-2 infection

‘Mini-lungs’ grown from tissue donated to Cambridge hospitals has provided a team of scientists from South Korea and the UK with important insights into how

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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3 factors shed light on COVID-19 oxygen level mystery

Researchers have begun to solve the mystery of how COVID-19 causes "silent hypoxia," where oxygen levels in patients become abnormally—and dangerously—low.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~8 min

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Nickel alloy in e-cig devices may harm lungs

Nickel alloy heating elements in e-cigarette devices may pose more risk for significant lung injury than nicotine, THC, or vitamin E do, a new study shows.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
Oct. 2, 2020 ~6 min

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