Chemicals in e-cig flavours could harm respiratory tract, reveals study

Two chemicals commonly used as e-cigarette flavours might harm users’ airway passages, a small experiment suggests

Chemicals in e-cig flavours could harm respiratory tract, reveals studyThe results point to the need to further study how the highly popular cigarette alternatives affect human bodies, researchers say. In test tube experiments, the researchers exposed cells from the lining of human airways to two flavouring compounds: diacetyl – a chemical with a butter-like smell – and its ‘chemical cousin’ 2, 3-pentanedione. In the […]

Medical Tech: This ‘smart shirt’ can accurately monitor lung disease

A smart shirt that accurately measures breathing through measuring lung function by sensing movements in the chest and abdomen could be used to monitor patients with lung disease

Medical Tech: This ‘smart shirt’ can accurately monitor lung diseaseImage courtesy: Metro News UK The shirt has proved to be accurate when compared to traditional testing equipment, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. Researchers have used the smart shirts, together with a mobile app, to reliably measure breathing in healthy people while carrying out a range of everyday activities, […]

Air pollution, especially ozone, tied to worsening lung damage: Study finds

The more exposure people have to air pollution, especially ozone, the more lung damage they develop over time, a U.S. study suggests

Air pollution, especially ozone, tied to worsening lung damage: Study findsResearchers already knew that heavy air pollution makes lung disease worse in people who already have lung disease. The new study shows that even among people without lung disease, long-term exposure to air pollution even in relatively ‘clean’ areas can lead to signs of chronic lung disease, said Dr Joel Kaufman, a co-author of the […]

Even moderate air pollution may lead to lung disease, warns study

Even moderate levels of air pollution can cause lung function impairment that rivals the damage caused by smoking, a new study found

Even moderate air pollution may lead to lung disease, warns studyExposure to pollutants had harmful effects similar to that from smoking. Researchers studied 303,887 British men and women, with data on lung health gathered by physical examination and air pollution statistics geographically coded to the participants’ home addresses. The researchers looked at levels of PM2.5, the tiny pollutant particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres in diameter […]

Adults smoking at home can cause kids to develop COPD as grown-ups

Are you a chain smoker? Besides harming your own life, you may also be exposing your kids to second-hand smoke, which can increase their risk of death due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adulthood, researchers have warned

Adults smoking at home can cause kids to develop COPD as grown-upsAdults with long-term exposure to second-hand smoke as children are at increased risk of early death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests. The American Cancer Society study also linked exposure to second-hand smoke in adulthood with increased risk of premature death from COPD and several other conditions. “Overall, our findings provide further […]

4 possible symptoms of asthma, here’s what you need to look out for  

In order to have your asthma diagnosed as soon as possible, it is important to know about the possible symptoms. Here are four of them to watch out for

4 possible symptoms of asthma, here’s what you need to look out for  Asthma, a chronic lung disease, affects many people around the world. Though there is no cure for the condition, one can manage symptoms to a significant degree with the help of medications and other recommendations. It is important to know about these potential signs so you can have your asthma diagnosed as soon as possible: […]

Lung disease may increase dementia risk, finds American study

Dementia refers to a series of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's, where a person's memory and other cognitive abilities decline. A recent study may have found a new risk factor that might predispose people to dementia -  lung disease

Lung disease may increase dementia risk, finds American studyDementia refers to a series of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, where a person’s memory and other cognitive abilities decline. A recent study may have found a new risk factor that might predispose people to dementia: lung disease. New U.S. research has found that middle-aged adults with lung disease may have a higher risk of […]

Air pollutants trigger allergic cough in urban Indian population, states report

Living in India and inhaling lungful of polluted air every day is like being a chronic smoker according to a recent report by India’s State-Level Disease Burden Initiative

Air pollutants trigger allergic cough in urban Indian population, states reportThis partly explains why many people in urban India have a persistent dry and hacking cough even if they don’t have asthma or have never smoked. Allergic cough is more common in the winter months when drop in temperature prevents air pollutants and allergens from dissipating, trapping them close to the ground in toxic concentrations […]

Hyderabad: Son’s go on rage fuelled rampage after mother’s death, vandalise hospital

Three brothers vandalised the hospital on Monday night after the death of their mother. It was a night of mayhem as the brothers went on a rampage in the hospital, and also assaulted the policemen as well

Hyderabad: Son’s go on rage fuelled rampage after mother’s death, vandalise hospitalA mob on Monday damaged properties of the Global Hospital in Lakdi-ka-pul after the death of 45-year-old Samina Begum. Samina who was being treated for lung disease died while undergoing treatment. Angry family members damaged the furniture and tried to attack the doctors. Meanwhile, the security guards rushed in and controlled the mob. Shameen suffered […]

7 Tips to protect your lungs during the cold winter months

The winter months aren’t always full of cheer as the cold and dry conditions can make it difficult on your lungs. Sometimes the weather is frigid and cold and it can be hard to catch your breath. In nasty weather such as this, the cold weather and your respiratory system don’t mix well.

7 Tips to protect your lungs during the cold winter monthsAfter a scorching summer and a wearisome monsoon, winter has arrived. The nights are getting longer, and the New Year excitement is at peak, but for many people the winter season does not bode well. Cold weather can quickly flare up the symptoms and make you more susceptible to illness. It majorly impacts your respiratory […]