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PREPARE project to support monitoring of Zika virus

30 June, 2016

Research tools developed by the EU-funded PREPARE project are currently being used to collect data on the outbreak of the Zika virus, which the…
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The Forum of International Respiratory Societies Supports World Cancer Day on 4 February

30 June, 2016

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies and its global members aim to raise awareness about lung cancer on World Cancer Day.
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Long-term exposure to ozone may increase lung and cardiovascular deaths

30 June, 2016

A study has found that adults with long-term exposure to ozone (O3) may have increased risk of dying from respiratory and cardiovascular…
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Portuguese-speaking respiratory societies form new alliance

30 June, 2016

A group of Portuguese-speaking respiratory societies have formed a new alliance in partnership with ERS and the Asociación Latinoamericana de…
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ERS at The Union Conference

30 June, 2016

ERS has recently attended the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Cape Town, South Africa. Members of the ERS leadership delivered…
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WHO calls for research to ensure preparedness for major epidemics

29 June, 2016

WHO calls for urgent research and development into a list of emerging pathogens it considers most likely to cause major epidemics in the future.
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Study sheds light on how drug molecules regulate protein linked to asthma

29 June, 2016

A new study has shown how various pharmaceutical drugs activate or deactivate a signalling protein linked to asthma, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
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Bronchoscopic lung-volume reduction in emphysema patients without interlobar collateral ventilation

29 June, 2016

Endobronchial-valve treatment significantly improves pulmonary function and exercise capacity in patients with severe emphysema when the patient…
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New vaccine strategy reduces risk of flu infections in cancer patients

29 June, 2016

A recent study has found that administering a high-dose flu vaccine followed by a second high-dose booster shot one month later can reduce the…
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Air pollution is the single largest environmental health risk in Europe

29 June, 2016

A report published this week by the European Environment Agency (EEA) states that 58,000 premature deaths could be avoided if the EU Clean Air…
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World AIDS Day 2015

29 June, 2016

Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) Urges Continued International Efforts to Fight acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) on…
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Vitamin D does not reduce colds in asthma patients

29 June, 2016

Vitamin D supplements do not reduce the number of or severity of colds in asthma patients, according to a new study published in the American…
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The Stop TB Partnership warns of insufficient funding to tackle tuberculosis

29 June, 2016

The Stop TB Partnership, an organisation created by the World Health Assembly in 2000 and whose membership includes WHO and the Forum of…
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Gene therapy: A promising candidate for cystic fibrosis treatment

29 June, 2016

A new study has achieved positive gene therapy treatment results for cystic fibrosis (CF) in mice and in cell cultures derived from human CF…
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Antibiotic awareness

29 June, 2016

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria present a growing public health problem and related infections have become an everyday occurrence in hospitals. A…
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EU puts spotlight on ERS’s fellowships for future respiratory leaders

29 June, 2016

An ERS Fellowship programme aimed at nurturing future leaders of respiratory medicine was showcased this week (10 December, 2015) at the Marie…
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Coverage from the ERS summer schools 2016

29 June, 2016

The ERS summer schools in adult/paediatric respiratory medicine were held in Lisbon, Portugal on 15–18 June with the aim of providing a…
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Complete phase-out of harmful CFCs achieved

29 June, 2016

The complete phase-out of the production of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that were damaging the ozone layer, has been finally achieved with the…
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Patients affected by depression less likely to adhere to COPD maintenance medication

29 June, 2016

A study conducted by researchers from the University of Maryland found that patients with COPD are less likely to adhere to recommended…
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Dedicated medical training centres - a standard in European respiratory medicine?

28 June, 2016

Sylvia Hartl: Respiratory trainees often complain that specialist respiratory training does not fulfil their expectations in terms of quality…
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Yes we will! Bottom-up research priorities

28 June, 2016

Are we sharing a frustration?…
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Take the active option

27 June, 2016

For the duration of the ERS conference, Amsterdam was invited to think about the consequences of physical inactivity. Pedometers were given away…
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Advancing towards a common goal

27 June, 2016

I am privileged to be the first writer of this new Respiratory Worldwide Column. In creating this new central space online, we aim to give…
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Unifying Russian-speaking respiratory professionals

27 June, 2016

During the 2015 Congress of the European Respiratory Society, for the first time, the Russian symposium was held for Russian-speaking…
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Advancing Lung Health in Africa, a global imperative: The Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS)

27 June, 2016

Africa carries a disproportionately high burden of respiratory morbidity and mortality relative to the population size. The burden of both…
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