Dog detectives sniff out harmful bacteria causing lung infections

Sniffer dogs have been trained to detect ultra-low concentrations of bacteria which cause lung infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. In a study by Imperial College London and the charity Medical Detection Dogs, researchers found that specially trained medical detection dogs were able to detect ultra-low concentrations of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Continue Reading

Air pollution can accelerate lung disease as much as a pack a day of cigarettes

Air pollution—especially ozone air pollution which is increasing with climate change—accelerates the progression of emphysema of the lung, according to a new study led by the University of Washington, Columbia University and the University at Buffalo. While previous studies have shown a clear connection of air pollutants with some heart Continue Reading

Innovative patient-centred lung clinic reduces suffering along with costs

A unique clinic for patients with terminal lung disease is leading to dramatic reductions in hospital deaths, better symptom management and lower costs for the health-care system. The multidisciplinary team at Alberta Health Services’ Kaye Edmonton Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic delivers palliative care and encourages treatment at home for patients Continue Reading