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Smog Linked to Organ Rejection, Deaths in Lung Transplant Patients

Posted 29 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 – Living near busy roads with high levels of air pollution raises lung transplant patients' risk of organ rejection and death, but some antibiotics lower that risk, a new study shows. Researchers examined data gathered from more than 5,700 lung transplant patients in 10 European countries between 1987 and 2013. The analysis revealed that patients who lived in areas where air pollution was above maximum levels recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) were 10 percent more likely to die than those in areas with lower levels of pollution. But this increased risk of death was not seen among patients who took a class of antibiotics called macrolides, which include azithromycin (Zithromax) and clarithromycin (Biaxin), according to the study presented Tuesday at a meeting of the European Respiratory Society in Amsterdam. "Short and long-term exposure to air ... Read more

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3D 'Printout' Device Keeps Very Ill Babies Breathing

Posted 29 Apr 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 – An implant created with a 3D printer has saved the lives of three baby boys near death from a rare airway disease. University of Michigan researchers are calling the implant a "4D" device because they successfully engineered it to adapt to the children's growth over time. The boys – from 3 months to 16 months old – suffered from a condition called tracheobronchomalacia, which occurs when the airway walls are too weak and collapse during breathing. "It's hard to convey how very sick these children were," said senior author Dr. Glenn Green, an associate professor specializing in pediatric otolaryngology. The children had been in an intensive care unit for months, he said. Breathing tubes were implanted into their necks, and they were kept on ventilation under heavy sedation. One "was unable to have any food in his stomach without having cardiac arrest," ... Read more

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