Abnormal airway branching in the lung increases risk for COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease that results in damage to the airways (Bronchitis) and destruction of the small air sacs, called alveoli (Emphysema). Traditionally considered a smoker’s disease, COPD can also appear in people exposed to indoor air pollution (wood burning stoves) and air pollution. Not everyone who smokes will…

Developing a simple test for detecting respiratory viral infections

Respiratory infections affect hundreds of millions of people annually and account for nearly 4 million deaths world wide. Treatment plans will depend on the type of infection, with bacterial infections needing antibiotics and viral infections needing antivirals. Prescribing antibiotics to someone with a viral infection wont help them get better and it will add to…

Nanoparticles are able to prevent inflammation

Nanoparticles and microparticles are a new frontier in specialized disease treatment because they allow for precise targeting within the body. This technology could be especially useful for treating cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and blood vessel diseases. This area of research is new and we still don’t know how these nanoparticles interact with the different parts of…