Medical research

Lung experts aim to combat COPD more effectively worldwide

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the most common chronic respiratory disease worldwide and the third leading cause of death. In Germany, about 10% of the population is affected. Fatigue, coughing and persistent ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Better Asthma and COPD Drugs with Fewer Side Effects Are Within Reach

Bronchodilators, the most common type of asthma-fighting drug, inhibits contractions of airway smooth muscle that are induced by stimulating receptors on the muscle's surface. New research highlights a novel mechanism for ...

Medications

Repurposing existing drugs to fight new COVID-19 variants

Finding new ways to treat the novel coronavirus and its ever-changing variants has been a challenge for researchers, especially when the traditional drug development and discovery process can take years. A Michigan State ...

Medications

Why Viagra may be useful in treating lung diseases

You may be surprised to learn that the medication sildenafil—better known by its brand name Viagra—has other medical purposes aside from treating male erectile dysfunction. It can also be used to treat lung diseases that ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Blood clot risk remains elevated nearly a year after COVID-19

People who got COVID-19 had a higher risk of dangerous blood clots for close to a year later, according to a large new study on the aftereffects of a SARS-CoV-2 infection during the period before vaccines became available.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Spirometry may aid diagnosis of asthma versus COPD in primary care

The ability of physicians to differentiate between asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the primary care setting may be improved with the addition of spirometry testing, according to a study published ...

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