U.S. scientists make a breakthrough in tuberculosis

Tuberculosis most commonly affects the lungs, is transmitted via the air and caused by strains of mycobacteria.

Worldwide, more than 2 billion people are struck down with tuberculosis (TB).  Scientists in the U.S. have made a medical breakthrough that could save hundreds of thousands of lives.

 

 

 

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Annual chest x-rays fail to reduce death rate from lung cancer

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Best strategy for discovering lung tumors are the more costly CT scans.

Chest X-rays done annually didn’t significantly reduce the death rate from lung cancer in a study involving more than 150,000 patients that reflects the challenges of using early detection to save lives in the battle against malignancies.

 

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Artist Turned Menstruating Lungs Into Art

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Unique Lung Art
Artists get inspirations from many things in life, but it’s probably safe to say that Lorraine Ashley’s inspiration is quite unique.You see, Lorraine suffers from a rare medical condition called catamenial pneumothorax. She has part of her womb lining her lungs, so every month, those tissues bleed. Basically, she has menstruating lungs.

After painful surgeries, Lorraine decided to turn her experience into art:

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Pro Gamers Have Brains Like Fighter Pilots, Lungs Like Career Smokers

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Gamers are often unhealthy inside and out

Well, this isn’t really that surprising. It’s pretty much a natural progression from the lifestyle of a gamer. I still remember the amount of processing power (in my brain, you understand) involved in leading off a crossbow shot according to your ping in original Half-Life multiplayer, or how much precision it took to nail a flying light armor with the lazer in Tribes at 20x zoom. But I also remember the long hours spent achieving that level of brisk cognitive potential. Healthy hours they were not. Can you say tostitos?

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Pig Lungs Could Be Transplanted Into Humans In 5 Years

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Pig lungs could soon be transplanted into humans

Following a medical breakthrough, pig lungs could be transplanted into humans to overcome a shortage of donor organs, a media report said Thursday citing Australian scientists.  Scientists have paved the way for animal-human transplanted in as little as five years, after keeping pig lungs alive and functioning with human blood.

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How Nanotechnology May Be Damaging Our Lungs

How Nanotechnology May Be Damaging Our Lungs

 Nanomaterials may cause damage to the lungs

In 2006, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars published a warning and a challenge to the scientific community about its responsible use and handling of nanomaterials, as they were known to cause damage to the lungs.  Now, research conducted at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, has unveiled how the damage occurs and a possible means of control. 

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Repairing Lungs Outside The Body

Repairing Lungs Outside The Body

Lung tissue is preserved in the Toronto XVIVO Lung Perfusion System with the aim of repairing lungs prior to transplant.  

Lung transplant offers hope of a longer life for patients with end-stage respiratory diseases such as emphysema and cystic fibrosis, with some surviving for years following surgery. But due to chronic shortages of viable organs for transplant, only about 25 percent of patients on waiting lists receive new lungs. However, a new out-of-body lung-repair technique developed at the Toronto General Hospital may dramatically increase the number of lungs that can be used in transplants and improve surgical outcome.

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British Diver Breaks Depth Record On A Single Breath

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Diving to New Depths

A woman from London has set a new freediving world record after swimming 96m (318ft) below the surface of the ocean and back in a single breath. Sara Campbell, 37, from Wandsworth, spent 3min 36sec submerged off an island in the Bahamas.

The dive in the Vertical Blue contest took her down the equivalent of the height of Big Ben’s clock tower.

In October 2007 she smashed all world depth records within 48 hours, after only nine months in the extreme sport. Her latest feat, is known as the constant weight world record, in which the diver must use just a monofin – a mermaid like tail – and their own power.

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Incubators Made Out Of Car Parts To Curb Infant Mortality In Developing Countries

Incubators Made Out Of Car Parts To Curb Infant Mortality In Developing Countries 

The heat source is a pair of headlights. A car door alarm signals emergencies. An auto air filter and fan provide climate control. But this contraption has nothing to do with transportation. It is a sturdy, low-cost incubator, designed to keep vulnerable newborns warm during the first fragile days of life.

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