UNC Health Talk

Category: Lung Health

E-cigarettes

September 3, 2017

Can E-cigarettes help COPD patients quit smoking and reduce harm to...

Using data from two studies on COPD, researchers at the UNC School of Medicine are trying to understand the effects of e-cigarettes on use patterns and whether they can mitigate the worst health outcomes of COPD. Initial results of a preliminary study do not reflect positively on e-cigarettes.

COPD, News, Pulmonology, Research, Tobacco

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September 1, 2017

Chronic Bronchitis: New Insights Could Lead to First Diagnostic Tes...

A New England Journal of Medicine study describes how airway dehydration makes mucus thick—the hallmark of chronic bronchitis, the precursor to deadly COPD.

COPD, News, Pulmonology, Tobacco

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Lung Spheroid Cells

August 4, 2017

Scientists create stem cell therapy for lung fibrosis conditions

Through a joint UNC School of Medicine-NC State research project shows how to harvest lung stem cells non-invasively and then multiply healthy cells – a potentially powerful therapy against inflammatory lung conditions.

COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, News, Publications, Pulmonology, Research

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February 28, 2017

Graham’s Transplant Story Garners Statewide Attention

On Feb. 14—National Organ Donor Day—we published a video featuring Howell Graham. In 1990, Graham was the first UNC Hospitals patient with Cystic Fibrosis to receive a double lung transplant. Now, he’s the longest living lung transplant recipient in the United States.

Cystic Fibrosis, UNC Stories

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Mehmet Kesimer

October 10, 2016

Researchers show how allergic responses, build up of specific prote...

UNC scientist Mehmet Kesimer, PhD, helps medical colleagues figure out why airborne allergens can cause asthma symptoms in some people but not others. His work implicates an important protein in mucus -- MUC5AC.

Asthma, Research

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July 23, 2014

UNC researchers find unsuspected characteristics of new CF drugs, o...

The study, led by Martina Gentzsch, PhD, provides evidence that could help drug developers improve compounds aimed at correcting CFTR proteins in cystic fibrosis patients.

Cystic Fibrosis, Research

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Mehmet Kesimer

June 2, 2014

Increased mucins pinned to worsening cystic fibrosis symptoms

The discovery from UNC School of Medicine researchers overturns a controversial research study and offers a path for creating and testing CF treatments.

Cystic Fibrosis, Research

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April 8, 2014

UNC researchers find genetic trigger for RSV-induced infant hospita...

The discovery could lead to new therapies and better diagnostics, resulting in fewer hospitalizations of children with respiratory syncytial virus, the leading cause of severe lung infection in babies.

Genetics, Pulmonology, Research

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Nigel Mackman

April 1, 2013

Newly approved blood thinner may increase susceptibility to some vi...

A study led by UNC researchers indicates that a newly approved blood thinner that blocks a key component of the human blood clotting system may increase the risk and severity of certain viral infections, including flu and myocarditis.

Pulmonology, Studies

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