Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, or COPD, is a common disease suffered mostly by current or former cigarette smokers. COPD can be debilitating, limiting lung function and restricting activity. Current treatments for COPD only slightly improve symptoms and do not have an affect on mortality rate. Here are some ways that researchers are trying to use [Read More]
Respiratory disease is not a common condition, but it is one that affects thousands each year in the United States. Respiratory disease has a few different potential causes, but the treatments are typically the same. Respiratory disease usually involves blockage of the trachea. Learn more about respiratory disease and the revolutionary treatments being explored. What [Read More]
Stem cell research is breaking new ground and making the transition from the lab to the real world. Scientists have succeeded in growing a new trachea from a patient’s stem cells and transplanting it back to replace a diseased windpipe. The breakthrough could hold new hope for patients battling serious medical conditions such as heart [Read More]
Researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center have developed mini lungs or organoids in the laboratory to help study respiratory diseases. The 3-D structures closely mimic adult-sized lungs and have been created from pluripotent stem cells to serve as models of lung diseases in the laboratory. The findings were reported in Nature Cell Biology.
Researchers are conducting an exciting new clinical trial with the hope of finding a way to reduce the severity of organ injury and improve recovery in people with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Phase 2 of the study is in progress and participants are being recruited at University of California – San Francisco, Ohio State [Read More]
Researchers at Australia’s Monash University have developed a new stem cell treatment that could benefit people who suffer from chronic asthma. Scientists at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute have conducted experiments with pluripotent stem cells with early results reported as promising.
Researchers at UCLA’s Ell and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have grown a three-dimensional lung in the laboratory to aid pulmonary disease research. The scientists coated sticky hydrogel beads with stem cells derived from lung tissue. These beads grew into the shape of air sacs in real human lungs, thus [Read More]