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Marathon runners, swimmers, and cross-country skiers beware: intensive exercise is bad for your lungs
Many scientific studies show that endurance sports can cause asthma and bronchial contraction and can in certain types of sports even aggravate allergies. At the World Congress on Lung Diseases in Florence (Italy), doctors warn of the harm sport can do to the lungs of marathon runners, swimmers and especially cross-country skiers.

Contact: European Respiratory Society Press Office
ERS@cedos.int.ch
41-22-827-3827
European Respiratory Society

 

St John's wort as effective as standard antidepressant therapy
St John's wort is as effective as imipramine - one of the most commonly used antidepressants - and should be considered as a first line treatment in patients with mild to moderate depression, according to the largest ever study of St John's wort published this week in the BMJ.

Contact: Emma Wilkinson
ewilkinson@bmj.com
44-20-7383-6529
BMJ-British Medical Journal

 

Plant compound blocks action of cancer genes
HHMI researchers have found that a plant compound that produces severe neural defects in developing embryos can block the action of mutated genes that produce basal cell skin carcinomas, the most common form of human cancer.

Contact: Jim Keeley
keeleyj@hhmi.org
301-215-8858
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

 
More than 300 regularly prescribed medicines can damage the lungs
The First World Congress on Lung Health and Respiratory Diseases (Florence, Italy, Aug 30 - Sept 3) issues a warning: more than 300 regularly prescribed medicines can damage the lungs. The lung experts meeting in Florence believe other doctors are not sufficiently aware of the danger.
funder iconDijon University Medical Center

Contact: European Respiratory Society Press Office
ERS@cedos.int.ch
41-22-827-3827
European Respiratory Society

 

Dual drug treatment prevents formation of colon tumors in mice
By combining an aspirin-like compound with a drug that inhibits epidermal growth factor activity, HHMI scientists have nearly eliminated pre-cancerous colon polyps in mice that are susceptible to developing colon tumors. The strategy could become a powerful preventive therapy for human colon cancer.

Contact: Jim Keeley
keeleyj@hhmi.org
301-215-8858
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

 

First potential 'universal' cancer vaccine shows promise in lab
Results from preliminary laboratory studies provide the first functional evidence that developing a 'universal' cancer vaccine might be possible, researchers from Duke University Medical Center and Geron Corp. reported Tuesday.

Contact: Joanna Downer
downe010@mc.duke.edu
919-684-4148
Duke University

B cells may help maintain HIV infection
NIAID scientists report for the first time that B cells - the antibody-producing cells of the immune system - help ferry HIV throughout the blood and can likely deliver the virus to nearby T cells. This discovery helps explain several phenomena associated with HIV infection and paves the way for new approaches to eliminating the virus from the blood.

Contact: Sam Perdue
sp189u@nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

 

Aerosol form of cyclosporine hits key cellular target in lung transplant patients, researchers report at international meetin
An aerosol spray that delivers the anti-rejection drug cyclosporine directly to transplanted lungs targets an important biological process not seen with other immunosuppressant drugs, including oral cyclosporine. Results from an ongoing clinical study indicate aerosol cyclosporine hinders the pumping mechanism a cell uses to spit out anything deemed undesirable, including drugs.
funder iconNational Institutes of Health

Contact: Lisa Rossi
rossil@msx.upmc.edu
412-647-3555
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

 
 
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