News on Lung Diseases

woman sleeping in bed.
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News Release
Researchers have identified 57 genetic variations of a gene strongly associated with declines in blood oxygen levels during sleep. Low oxygen levels during sleep are a clinical indicator of the severity of sleep apnea, a disorder that increases the risk of heart disease, dementia, and death. The study, published today in the American Journal of...
Microscope view of the lungs
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Research Feature
Might pave the way for new and improved treatments for a wide variety of respiratory diseases Maps may be great tools for helping you find your way around unfamiliar places, but in the future, a new type of map well might help save your life. Welcome to the Molecular Atlas of Lung Development Program, or LungMAP, a historic effort to help...
Health professional reviewing radiography of lungs
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News Release
A new study provides evidence to support a simple measurement for diagnosing clinically significant airflow obstruction, the key characteristic of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. The study found that a 70% ratio of two indicators of lung function proved as or more accurate than...
illustration of the lungs
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Statement
On World Asthma Day 2019, the National Institutes of Health stands with patients, families, advocates, researchers and health care professionals around the globe to raise awareness about this common chronic respiratory disease. In 2016, asthma affected 26 million Americans and nearly 340 million people worldwide, according to the Global Burden of...
A healthcare provider examines a chest x-ray to look for signs of COPD or other problems with the lungs.
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Statement
On November 21, World COPD Day 2018, the National Institutes of Health unites with millions of people to renew our long-standing commitment to reducing the burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD ), a serious and debilitating lung disease. A leading cause of death, COPD impacts an estimated 251 million people worldwide . While many...
3D Illustration of lungs with a person's arm reaching out. Stock photo.
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Research Features
More than 30,000 people in the United States live with cystic fibrosis , a life-threatening genetic disorder that causes serious damage to the lungs and digestive system. Though it affects people of all racial and ethnic groups, the disease is most common among Caucasians. And while the median age of people who have it is 42, advances in the...