Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

Partnership Brings Quantitative Imaging Analysis to Diagnosis, Care

A new collaboration is seeking to bring quantitative imaging analysis to diagnosis and care of patients with chronic lung diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema. The agreement is between Spesana, a healthcare platform focused on molecular diagnostics and in building an accessible database for physicians,…

Trixeo Aerosphere Approved in EU for COPD

The European Commission has approved AstraZeneca‘s triple combination therapy Trixeo Aerosphere as a maintenance treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The approval, which follows a positive recommendation from the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), covers the therapy’s use in adults with moderate-to-severe COPD…

Vaping Linked to Higher Respiratory Disease Risk in Large US Study

Use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is associated with an increased risk of respiratory diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), among young adults, irrespective of other tobacco product use, a large U.S.-based study shows. Compared to healthy people, those currently using e-cigarettes, commonly called vaping, had a 43% increased…

Exosomes Released by Immune Cells Can Cause COPD, Study Finds

Exosomes — tiny vesicles used for cell communication, released from specific activated immune cells called polymorphonuclear leukocytes — can induce chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) when transferred to the lungs of healthy mice, a study by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) shows. The study, “Activated PMN exosomes: Pathogenic…