Author Archives: Marta Figueiredo PhD

Mesenchymal Stem Cells Show Potential to Treat NTM Lung Infections

Treatment with human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) effectively lessened hard-to-treat non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung infection, and its associated weight loss, in a new mouse model susceptible to these infections, an early study reported. “The potential to use human mesenchymal stem cells to treat difficult lung infections is promising,” Anthony Atala,…

FDA OKs Pivotal Trial Testing RheOx System in Chronic Bronchitis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the start of an international pivotal trial to test the RheOx System, Gala Therapeutics’ medical device, in adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who have moderate to severe chronic bronchitis. “Chronic bronchitis is a debilitating disease which results…

Noninvasive Home Ventilation Linked to Lower Risk of Death, ER Visits

Noninvasive ventilation at home, known as NIVH, is associated with a significantly lower risk of death, hospitalization, and emergency room (ER) visits among chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with chronic respiratory failure, according to a study based on Medicare data. Notably, the NIVH-associated reduced risk of hospitalization was…