Author Archives: Steve Bryson PhD

Chinese Remedy XBCQ Improved Lung Function in COPD Mice

A Chinese remedy called Xuanbai Chengqi decoction, or XBCQ, used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), modulated immune cells, improved lung function, and reduced lung inflammation by potentially changing the gut microbiome of mice with the disease, a study suggested. “XBCQ could alleviate COPD exacerbations by reshaping the gut…

Blowing Cool Air on Face Can Ease Breathlessness While Walking

A hand-held fan blowing air on the face eased breathlessness in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) during short periods of low-intensity walking exercise, a small study reports. “Our positive preliminary findings suggest that fan therapy merits further investigation in larger and more methodologically rigorous studies,” the researchers…

Grants Awarded to Gut Microbiome, Influenza Research in Australia

Researchers at the Centenary UTS Centre for Inflammation in Australia have been awarded grants to investigate potential therapeutics for respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). One of the awards is a $5-million National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Synergy Grant that will investigate methods in…

Pollution, Distance From Green Spaces Tied to Quality of Life

The health-related quality of life of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) living in Barcelona, Spain, is negatively affected by exposure to air pollution and living farther away from green or blue water-rich spaces, a study suggests. “This study, performed for the first time on a Mediterranean population,…