Study identifies a new rare genetic syndrome associated with severe infections and lung disease in infants

Study identifies a new rare genetic syndrome associated with severe infections and lung disease in infants

An international team of researchers has identified a new rare genetic condition – a chromosome breakage syndrome associated with severe infections and lung disease in infants. The discovery provides an explanation for this deadly pulmonary disease, possibilities to diagnose it and opportunities for developing alternate ways to treat it. The results appear July 18 in … Continue reading

Image of the Month — Carbon black nanoparticles at fault in emphysema

Image of the Month — Carbon black nanoparticles at fault in emphysema

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. Autopsies on smokers who died with severe emphysema reveal lungs that are black in appearance. These emphysematous lungs strain breathing structures and ultimately other organs. Until recently, researchers and physicians could only guess at the composition of the material that gave the black color to the lungs of smokers. In two … Continue reading