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Experimental drug shows promise for early cystic fibrosis patients

An experimental drug named denufosol, helps improve cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract of patients, claims a new study.

E-cigarettes require harder puffs--study

According to a new research, electronic cigarettes, an innovation which lets smokers get their nicotine fix without producing unpleasant tobacco smoke may require a greater degree of suction than traditional cigarettes, which may make them less healthy.

Fatty foods may worsen asthma

High-fat meals like burgers and French fries can worsen your asthma, a new research has revealed. Researchers in Australia have warned that eating fast food may be especially bad for asthmatics, as it increases inflammation in their lungs, and hinders with the effect of inhalers.

Scientists repair damaged lungs for transplantation

Washington, October 29 -- As per a latest study published Wednesday, damaged lungs can finally be repaired by performing a genetic patch job. Researchers from Canada fixed up worn out lungs that had been donated, using outside-the-body gene therapy.

Study leads to new schistosomiasis insight

Minneapolis -- University of Minnesota Medical School researchers say they've found how a commonly prescribed drug may work to treat the parasitic disease schistosomiasis.

The schistosomiasis parasite flatworm infects about 200 million people in tropical areas worldwide and is endemic in more than 70 countries, where people become infected simply by bathing, drinking or cooking with water contaminated with the parasite. Although not immediately deadly, left untreated the scientists said the disease can permanently damage the lungs, kidneys, liver and intestines, and ultimately lead to death.

A drug called praziquantel has been used as the main treatment for several decades but scientists have never understood how the drug works.