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Can Caffeine Affect Your Circadian Rhythm?


Your circadian rhythm regulates your sleep cycle by telling your body when it’s time to sleep and when it’s time to be awake. This system can be disrupted by many external factors, including light exposure, food consumption, physical activity and certain medications. It’s well-known that caffeine can provide an energy boost, but is caffeine consumption […]

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The Latest in Lung Transplant Research


Sometimes patients suffer with lung diseases that don’t respond to treatment. In those instances, a lung transplant could be the only way to extend their lifespan and improve their quality of life. The lung transplant procedure is especially common in patients with end-stage lung disease. Although it is a risky surgery, advancements in pre- and […]

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Cases of Black Lung Disease Increasing Nationwide


Black lung disease is a respiratory disorder caused by breathing coal mine dust. The disease is also called coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP). The prevalence of black lung disease has increased since 2012, according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Current statistics report one in ten coal miners who worked in coal mines […]

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Obesity Strongly Linked to COPD in Non-Smokers

Obesity Strongly Linked to COPD in Non-Smokers

An estimated 15 million Americans live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and it is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The most common cause of COPD is cigarette smoking; however, 23 percent of COPD patients have never smoked. New research indicates that obesity may be one contributing factor to those […]

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How to Clean your CPAP Machine

How to Clean your CPAP Machine

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a standard treatment for patients with obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep-related breathing disorders. Because patients use the machines every night, they need to be regularly cleaned and cared for. Neglecting to clean a CPAP machine can lead to bacterial growth that causes odor. In some cases, the bacteria […]

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Vitamin C Could Help Infant Lungs if Mother Smoked During Pregnancy

Vitamin C Could Help Infant Lungs if Mother Smoked During Pregnancy

Smoking cigarettes is an unhealthy habit that is especially dangerous for women who are pregnant. Despite these risks, smoking during pregnancy is still a common problem. More than 12% of women who smoke are unable to quit while they are pregnant. Women who are unable to quit smoking during their pregnancy put themselves and their […]

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Inhaled Chemotherapy: A Promising Treatment for Lung Cancer

Inhaled Chemotherapy: A Promising Treatment for Lung Cancer

Globally, lung cancer is responsible for more than 1.7 million deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization. Although cancer treatments have become increasingly personalized and precise in recent years, current treatments still expose large portions of a patient’s body to toxicity. Therefore, traditional treatment options like radiation and chemotherapy often lead to unpleasant […]

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Tips for Recovering from Jet Lag

Tips for Recovering from Jet Lag

Traveling for your dream vacation or an important business trip often requires flying to different time zones. Our bodies can have trouble adjusting, especially when we cross three or more time zones in one day. This results in circadian desynchrony, a phenomenon more commonly known as jet lag. In the past, jet lag was merely […]

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What is Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome?

What is Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome?

Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night is vital to your body’s ability to function properly throughout the day. Those with Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS) are frequently deprived of quality rest. DSPS is a disorder in which a person’s normal sleep is delayed by two or more hours. For example, a person with […]

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Wasp Venom May Combat Lung Diseases

Wasp Venom May Combat Lung Diseases

When you think of wasp venom, you typically associate it with disrupting a person’s breathing, not improving it. However, along with toxic properties, some insect venom is full of compounds that kill bacteria. The venom’s toxicity makes it impossible for us to use it as an antibiotic drug, but variants of a peptide with antimicrobial […]

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