Author Archives: Forest Ray PhD

Certain Mitochondrial Protein May Help Protect Airways in COPD

Scientists have found that a certain protein helps cells in the airways to clear away mucus, such as the mucus that builds up in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This discovery, they noted, suggests that boosting the activity of this protein, called adenine nucleotide translocase (ANT), could become a…

Belluscura’s Portable Oxygen Concentrator Cleared for US Market

X-PLO₂R, a portable oxygen concentrator developed by Belluscura and its research partner Separation Design Group, has been cleared for commercialization in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the company’s premarket notification, or 510(k), and granted marketing authorization to the new device. Premarket notification is a formal…

COPD Seen as Potential Risk Factor for Lung and Other Cancers

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appears to be a risk factor for lung cancer, liver cancer, and colorectal cancer, regardless of smoking status, a data study from Korea reported. The study, “Cancer development in patients with COPD: a retrospective analysis of the National Health Insurance Service-National…

Undersized Airways May Explain Why Some Nonsmokers Develop COPD

Having small airways compared to lung size may contribute to the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in many non-smokers, a retrospective study has found. The finding broadens understanding of the risk factors involved in COPD, say  Columbia University Irving Medical Center researchers, whose work, “Association of Dysanapsis…