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CF Lung Microbiome: Diversity and Lung Function

The article, The Lung Microbiome and Airway Disease, published September 2016 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, describes various research studies that analyzed the relationship between the lung microbiome and airway disease. Scientists can now better examine microbial communities in the lungs, and they are looking at how …

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CFTR Function and Cigarette Smoke

Scientists are looking at how the CFTR potentiator, Ivacaftor, might be used in COPD, specifically chronic bronchitis. They found that cigarette smoking reduces CFTR activity in lung tissue, and that exposing the lung cells directly to a CFTR potentiator reverses this effect. While the vast majority of people with CF …

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The Lung Microbiome and Dysbiosis

The “microbiome” is a hot topic in respiratory medicine, with researchers from diverse fields such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchiectasis, pulmonary fibrosis, and lung transplantation seeking to use the newly accessible technology of bacterial ribosomal RNA sequencing and related technologies to characterize airway bacterial communities and to determine the …

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Webinar: Infection Prevention During Bronchoscopy

Laurence Muscarella Ph.D. and Atul Mehta M.D.   Webinar Highlights: The latest research into bronchoscope cross-contamination issues Most frequent causes of infection risks Most importantly:  what everyone who uses bronchoscope should kow to prevent risks Webinar

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Copper in Hospitals to Limit Cross-Infection

Using copper on high-touch surfaces in hospitals may reduce Hospital-Acquired-Infections, according to a report published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The New York Times article describing this report says: …on average, fixtures in copper-equipped rooms had concentrations of bacteria about 98 percent lower than in rooms furnished with …

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Distinguishing Relapse from Reinfection in MAC

In the News A study was published this month in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) that looked at the differences between relapse of infection and a reinfection of the lungs by Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC). The study was not done with CF patients, however, the findings may …

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A New Tool for CF Lung Monitoring

Ultrashort Echo-Time MRI has been shown in a recent study, published last week in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, to be comparable to computerized tomography (CT scanning) in measuring CF lung disease. This is excellent news as it offers a tool that is precise and detailed like CT, …

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Barnyard Dust and Preventing Asthma in Children

People with cystic fibrosis have infection and inflammation in their lungs, and some also have problems with asthma. From the CDC: the prevalence of asthma in the general population of the U.S. is 7-9%, and as many as one in ten grade-school children have asthma. For people with CF, the …

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New Antibiotic Discovered in our Noses

Why do some people carry Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in their noses and others don’t? Scientists at the University of Tübingen in Germany asked this question, and they found that people without Staphylococcus Aureus (about 70% of the population) have a different bacteria — Staphylococcus lugdunensis — in their noses that kills …

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Climate Change and Respiratory Infections

A recent article in the journal of the American Thoracic Society looks at how climate change is influencing respiratory infections. The authors describe studies that have shown a connection between weather events and shifting respiratory disease levels in the general populations, but more significantly in children and the elderly. The …

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