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Friday, August 7, 2015

Pulmonary Research: Nicotine-chomping bacteria ♦ Sulfur dioxide air pollutant still a concern for asthmatics ♦ Missed diagnostic testing found among lung cancer patients

Emissions have declined, but sulfur dioxide air pollutant still a concern for asthmatics Emissions of the air pollutant sulfur dioxide have been dramatically decreased during the past 30 years but for some people even a little inhaled sulfur dioxide may still be too much.
Delay in treatment, missed diagnostic testing found among lung cancer patients Patients undergoing surgery for lung cancer may wait too long to receive treatment, and too many patients skip vital diagnostic steps that are needed to help determine the best possible treatment, researchers report.
On-chip processor the first step in point-of-care asthma and tuberculosis diagnostics A device to mix liquids utilizing ultrasonics is the first and most difficult component in a miniaturized system for low-cost analysis of sputum from patients with pulmonary diseases such as tuberculosis and asthma
Nicotine-chomping bacteria may hold key to anti-smoking therapy A new study explores a bacterial enzyme that might be used as a drug candidate to help people quit smoking. The research shows that this enzyme can be recreated in lab settings and possesses a number of promising characteristics for drug development.

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