January 11, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Smoking a joint once a week or a bit more apparently doesn't harm the lungs, suggests a 20-year study that bolsters evidence that marijuana doesn't do the kind of damage tobacco does. The results, from one of the largest and longest studies on the health effects of marijuana, are hazier for heavy users - those who smoke two or more joints daily for several years. The data suggest that using marijuana that often might cause a decline in lung function, but there weren't enough heavy users among the 5,000 young adults in the study to draw firm conclusions.
January 3, 2014 |
Javier Acosta, the Bronx boy who helped to improve children's access to adult donor lungs, is recovering from a double lung transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, according to his mother. But his family's fight to change lung allocation rules turned out to be moot in his own case. Javier, who has cystic fibrosis, turned 12 in August, which automatically made him eligible for adolescent or adult lungs based on his medical need. Two months later, he received lungs from a donor over age 12. "I just want to let everyone know that Javier had a lung transplant on Oct. 13 and is doing fine," his mother, Milagros Martinez, said in a statement.
June 30, 2013 |
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old whose plight led to a national change in lung-transplant rules, suffered a catastrophic complication after receiving portions of adult lungs on June 12, necessitating a second transplant three days later, her parents revealed Friday. The Newtown Square girl is still being weaned from a ventilator at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, her parents said in a statement on Facebook, but is doing better. "It all happened very fast. We weren't expecting it," Janet Murnaghan said at a news conference Friday, explaining why it took almost two weeks to publicly reveal the second transplant.
June 7, 2013 |
A federal judge in Philadelphia ordered the government Wednesday to suspend a lung allocation rule so that 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan could be considered for donated lungs from adults. Judge Michael Baylson granted a 10-day temporary restraining order in response to a lawsuit filed just hours before by Sarah's parents, Janet and Fran Murnaghan of Newtown Square. The judge instructed Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, to stop applying the "Under 12" rule, which requires that adult donor lungs be offered to waiting list patients age 12 and older before being offered to children such as Sarah.
May 21, 2014 |
They are the equine equivalent of those flexible strips that people wear on their noses to prevent snoring. With racehorses, the goal is to prevent bleeding in the lungs, ultimately allowing the animals to run faster. But do nasal strips work? Racing officials agreed Monday to allow the strips on horses competing in the Belmont Stakes on June 7 - including California Chrome, who wore the strips while winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Yet the announcement was accompanied by a statement from a state veterinarian that the strips "do not enhance equine performance.
June 9, 1998 |
Sen. Arlen Specter continued to suffer surgical complications yesterday, a week after he had a heart bypass operation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He underwent a bronchoscopy yesterday to remove fluid from his lungs. A vaguely worded press release from his office in Washington said the Pennsylvania Republican was "breathing on his own with ventilatory assistance. " His vital signs were stable, according to the release. On Sunday, Specter, 68, had surgery to drain fluid from around his heart and left lung.
October 4, 1999 |
On a smoggy day, with every breath you take, fine particles of pollution come streaming into the airways of your lungs. Those particles go deeper and stay down longer than many other pollutants, and that may be the reason why respiratory-related deaths and illness soar on smoggy days. Those are the findings reported recently by University of Delaware professor Anthony Wexler, in the Journal of Aerosol Science. "The deeper into the lungs these particles get, the longer they stay there," Wexler said, "and the more likely they can cause trouble.
September 15, 2002 |
Anthony Giordano's first six hours of breath were difficult ones. When he was born March 26 at Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, his lungs weren't inflating properly. He was transferred to Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, and finally to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's neonatal intensive-care unit in Philadelphia. Anthony wasn't expected to live, and doctors asked his father, Glassboro Police Officer Ray Giordano, whether he wanted his son baptized.
May 23, 1990 |
The "galloping" bacterial pneumonia that killed Muppets creator Jim Henson last week can be controlled - but only if a person recognizes that a mild fever and cough suddenly has become much worse. Five symptoms can signal the onset of bacterial pneumonia, a condition that can be life-threatening, according to Dr. Paul Epstein, chief of Graduate Hospital's pulmonary division. "If a person with a low-level virus suddenly develops high fever and chill, a cough with phlegm, or phlegm mixed with blood, or chest pain, or shortness of breath, these five things should tip you off that you need to see a doctor immediately.
July 10, 2013 |
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Newtown Square girl who received adult donor lungs last month after her family fought for a change in lung-allocation rules, now has pneumonia in her right lung, her mother said Monday. Through Facebook, Janet Murnaghan said that doctors believe the pneumonia was caused by "aspirations from her belly," or breathing stomach contents. She said Sarah had a "hard day" on Sunday but was more stable on Monday. She appeared to be responding to antibiotics, her mother said, but was requiring more breathing support from a ventilator.