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

Image 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, […]

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Mumbai hospitals and doctors notice a spike in respiratory ailments

Pune: Maha govt signs MoU with Chest Research Foundation to start centres for COPD, asthma

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive and irreversible disease of the lungs which makes it difficult to breathe. More than 55 million people are suffering from it in India. But there are hardly a few people, who are aware of this respiratory condition. The lacunae in healthcare services are making it an underreported […]

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World Asthma Day: Not only traffic pollution, even agarbatti smoke can trigger asthma

Asthma is a heterogeneous disease, characterised by long-standing airway inflammation. It is manifested by respiratory symptoms such as wheeze, shortness of breath, chest tightness and a dry cough that varies over time & intensity. According to the statistics provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 383,000 deaths due to asthma in 2015. In […]

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

Adults 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 […]

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Burning wood indoors to cook increase COPD risks for rural dwellers

These cooking practices are inefficient, and use fuels and technologies that produce high levels of household air pollution with a range of health-damaging pollutants, including small soot particles that penetrate deep into the lungs. The World Health Organisation in 2004 labelled household pollution, “The Killer in the Kitchen.” Women and children nearest the hearth paid […]

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Exposure to air pollution on daily basis can lead to development of COPD in the long run

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive life-threatening lung disease that causes breathlessness (initially with exertion) and predisposes to exacerbations and serious illness. Risk factors The primary cause of COPD is tobacco smoke (including second-hand or passive exposure). Other risk factors may include: Indoor air pollution (such as solid fuel used for cooking and […]

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Climate fluctuations: Know how to take care of your lungs this winter

Climate fluctuations: Know how to take care of your lungs this winter

After a scorching summer and a wearisome monsoon, winter is almost here. The nights are getting longer and festival decorations are going up, 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 illnesses. Cold weather, and particularly cold air, can […]

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No smoking: Meet Disha, a girl who aims to make India a tobacco-free country

So far, in our series of strong independent women who are working for noble causes, we have featured women who have made a contribution to the medical world through their selfless services. We have also included women who are working for the betterment of society, who are associated with various social causes and making a […]

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