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Study of emergency workers in New York City shows COVID-19 risk to firefighters and emergency medical workers

Firefighters and emergency medical workers in New York City were 15 times more likely to be infected during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the general public, according to a study published in ERJ Open Research. [1] … Continue reading

Published Friday, October 30th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Study estimates exposure to air pollution increases COVID-19 deaths by 15% worldwide

Long-term exposure to air pollution has been linked to an increased risk of dying from COVID-19 and, for the first time, a study has estimated the proportion of deaths from the coronavirus that could be attributed to the exacerbating effects … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology, Infectious diseases, Respiratory

First trial of personalised care for children with asthma suggests benefits of prescribing according to genetic differences

Selecting treatments according to genetic differences could help children and teenagers with asthma, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] The trial, which compares patients treated according to small genetic differences with patients treated according … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

COVID-19 patients suffer long-term lung and heart damage but it can improve with time. Coronavirus patients recover faster if they undergo rehabilitation as soon as possible after coming off ventilators or leaving intensive care

COVID-19 patients can suffer long-term lung and heart damage but, for many, this tends to improve over time, according to the first, prospective follow-up of patients infected with the coronavirus, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] Researchers … Continue reading

Published Monday, September 7th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Bronchitis as a child predicts worse lung health in middle age

People who had bronchitis at least once before the age of seven are more likely to develop lung problems in later life, according to new research presented at the ‘virtual’ European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] However, the lung diseases … Continue reading

Published Friday, September 4th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

‘Social smokers’ face disproportionately high risk of death from lung disease and lung cancer

‘Social smokers’ are more than twice as likely to die of lung disease and more than eight times as likely to die of lung cancer than non-smokers, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] The … Continue reading

Published Friday, September 4th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Respiratory

Chemicals in e-cigarettes mix together to form new, unexpectedly toxic compounds

Flavourings combine with solvents in e-cigarettes to produce new toxic chemicals that irritate the airways, triggering reactions that can lead to breathing and heart and blood vessel problems, according to new research presented at the ‘virtual’ European Respiratory Society International … Continue reading

Published Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

Exposure to cadmium in the womb linked to childhood asthma and allergies

Babies born with higher levels of cadmium in their umbilical cord blood may be more likely to develop childhood asthma and allergies, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] Cadmium is known to be hazardous … Continue reading

Published Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

Long-term exposure to air pollution within EU regulations linked to impaired breathing in children and new cases of asthma in adults

Babies exposed to levels of air pollution within EU standards develop poorer lung function as children and teenagers, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] The study also suggests that some of the risk from … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory

Smartphone app can predict asthma deterioration by measuring night-time coughing

Researchers have shown that night-time coughing, measured via a smartphone app, can indicate that asthma is getting worse. The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress [1], is the first of its kind to measure patients’ coughing over … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 at 12:01 am
Posted in Respiratory