Researchers draw more links between vaping, smoking, young people, and coronavirus

Vapers, smokers, and non-smokers with chronic conditions are all at higher risk for COVID-19. The scientific explanation behind this is complex and not yet certain — but it may boil down to an enzyme known as ACE2, that lives on the surface of many…

Bronchitis as a child predicts worse lung health in middle age

People who had bronchitis at least once before the age of seven are more likely to develop lung problems in later life, according to new research. However, the lung diseases they suffer from by the age of 53 were usually asthma and pneumonia rather…

Protein produced by the nervous system may help treatments for inflammatory diseases

Researchers have discovered a protein produced by nervous system may be key to treating inflammatory diseases like asthma, allergies, chronic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

New practice guidelines on non-invasive ventilation in chronic stable Hypercapnic COPD

Medical researchers have released new clinical practice guidelines to help advise clinicians on the optimal management of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic hypercapnia. Hypercapnia is the buildup of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream.

Asthma does not seem to increase the severity of COVID-19, research team finds

Researchers say further study is needed, but those with the chronic respiratory disease don’t appear to be at a higher risk of getting extremely ill or dying from coronavirus.

Undersized airways may explain why nonsmokers get COPD

A mismatch between airway and lung size may explain why some nonsmokers get COPD and some heavy smokers do not, according to a new study.

Mucus breakthrough could help patients breathe easy

New insights into the molecular mechanisms driving mucus viscosity were have been discovered. A discovery about how mucus thickness is regulated could help to improve airway-clearing treatment options for people with chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease…

COPD and smoking associated with higher COVID-19 mortality

Current smokers and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have an increased risk of severe complications and higher mortality with COVID-19 infection, according to a new study.

COPD as a lung stem cell disease

Two stem cell researchers have found an abundance of abnormal stem cells in the lungs of patients who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a leading cause of death worldwide. The team, who used single cell cloning of lung stem cells to make…

COPD linked to heightened risk of lung cancer in people who have never smoked

COPD, short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is linked to a heightened risk of lung cancer in people who have never smoked.