News on the Division of Lung Diseases

Set of asthma inhaler, accuhaler and anti-allergy pills for treatment asthma. Asthma controller, reliever equipment on dark background. Bronchodilator and steroids drug for severe asthma
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Research Features
Here’s a sobering thought: Nearly half of Americans with severe asthma do not respond to conventional drugs, leaving them with few ways to minimize the often-debilitating symptoms of the chronic disease. But researchers at NHLBI have developed a new treatment that has the potential to dramatically change that: A synthetic peptide that mimics the wo...
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News Release
Researchers have discovered that genetic variations in the anatomy of the lungs could serve as indicators to help identify people who have low, but stable, lung function early in life, and those who are particularly at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) because of a smoke-induced decline in lung function. The results of the study...
Patient being examined with a stethescope.
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News Release
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), along with federal and non-federal partners, today released the first-ever COPD National Action Plan, a detailed, patient-centered roadmap for addressing one of the most urgent health concerns facing Americans. The plan was released at the American Thoracic Society International Conference meet...
human lung anatomy
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Research Feature
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now the third leading cause of death in the United States. But thanks to a pair of studies supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), scientists are continuing to shed new light on this chronic lung disease in the hope of reducing its impact through a better understanding of t...