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Biomass smoke can scar and inflame the lungs. thinboyfatter/ Flickr

Bushfire smoke harms the lungs like cigarette smoke

Bushfire smoke can damage the lungs in a similar way to smoking-related emphysema, according to a study from the Woolcock…
Growing evidence suggests asbestos exposure may cause many more diseases than we thought. Natalie Blackburn

Asbestos still haunts those exposed as kids in mining towns

The relationship between asbestos exposure and diseases such as malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer is well established. But now other diseases not typically associated with asbestos may possibly be…
Non-communicable diseases are the silent assassins in global health. Risk exposure begins in early childhood, and accumulates across the lifespan. michaelwhays

One year on, what has the UN meeting on non-communicable diseases achieved?

What causes two out of every three deaths in the world, has been described by the Director-General of the World Health Organisation as “a slow motion disaster” and by the Secretary-General of the UN a…
Many emphysema sufferers cannot breathe without the aid of an oxygen tank. Flickr/corey.wagehoft

Could a drug reverse emphysema?

Tests on mice have given German researchers fresh hope that existing drugs could be used to reverse the debilitating effects…

DNA link to asthma

A study involving thousands of people has revealed two distinct DNA areas in asthma patients. “Two regions of the DNA were…

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