Monthly Archives: June 2011

June 27 2011 Duke researchers learn how lung fibrosis begins and could be treated

DURHAM, N.C. – An invasive cell that leads to fibrosis of the lungs may be stopped by cutting off its supply of sugar, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), which affects about 100,000 people … Continue reading

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June 9 2011 – Ascend Trial – Efficacy and Safety of Pirfenidone in Patients With Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

PIPF-016 (ASCEND) is a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled, Phase 3 Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Pirfenidone in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. The study objectives are to confirm the treatment effect of pirfenidone compared with placebo on change … Continue reading

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June 8 2011 Research: A promoter SNP rs4073T>A in the common allele of the interleukin 8 gene is associated with the development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis via the IL-8 protein enhancing mode

(Please open provisional PDF near he bottom) Abstract (provisional) Background Interleukin-8 (IL-8) is a potent chemo-attractant cytokine responsible for neutrophil infiltration in lungs with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The IL-8 protein and mRNA expression are increased in the lung with … Continue reading

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June 4 2011 U.S. to Lower Public Insurance Premiums for People with CF and other Pre-Existing Conditions

U.S. to Lower Public Insurance Premiums for People with CF and other Pre-Existing Conditions June 2, 2011 A public insurance program designed for people with pre-existing conditions like cystic fibrosis will soon be cheaper and easier to sign up for. … Continue reading

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