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This Week in Lung Disease: Stem Cells Could Change Root Canals

15 Jul 2016
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This Week in Lung Disease

Lung disease news is not always easy to find. That’s why we at the Lung Institute search the internet each week for the latest news involving chronic lung disease and stem cell therapy – so you don’t have to.

Stem Cell Research Could Lead to the End of Root Canals

Trips to the dentist may become a little less painful in the future.

Scientists from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University’s Wyss Institute are developing a new treatment that could do away with dreaded root canals. The process involves using the patient’s stem cells to help heal damaged teeth. This treatment is still in the early stages of development and has yet to be tested in people, but the scientists are optimistic about its future.

For more information about his procedure, go to CBS News.

New Lung Disease Treatments Aims to ‘Zap’ the Pain Away

A new procedure aimed to help lung disease patients breathe easier is causing quite a “shock.” An operation is being tested in hospitals in London using tiny electrodes to burn away damaged nerves in the lungs. For people with lung diseases, such as COPD, the nerves in the lungs become overactive and can create more mucus or constrict airflow. The hour-long procedure involves a surgeon sending a catheter with a balloon and electrode at the end down into the patient’s lungs. Once in the lungs, the balloon inflates to hold the electrode in place as the heat from the electrode deadens the over active nerves.

To find out more about this procedure, please go to The Daily Mail.

Rolling Walkers Help COPD Patients Walk with Ease

For those battling chronic lung disease, it might be time to get a new set of wheels. According to a trial conducted in the Netherlands, those with COPD and other chronic lung diseases found walking outdoors to be much easier with the use of a rolling walker, also known as a rollator.

In the trial, those with COPD who used a rollator walked much further and reported feeling much better using it versus people who walked without an aid device.

The lead researcher on the trial said rollators can be beneficial for those with moderate to severe COPD, but not everyone will benefit as it’s a case-by-case basis.

For more information, please check out Fox News’ website.

D.C. Braces for Heat Wave Bringing Poor Air Quality

People living around our nation’s capital are stuck in a massive heatwave. Washington D.C. is in the midst of a streak of high temperatures in the upper 90s leaving those with and without lung disease feeling the effects.

This heat wave has caused the National Weather Service to issue a code orange air quality alert, meaning small children and adults with chronic lung disease may be at risk of heat exhaustion. If you or someone you know battles chronic lung disease and lives around the D.C. area, please advise them to be safe and limit their exposure to the heat and humidity.

For more information, please read the rest of the story at The Washington Times.

Keep checking in with us for the latest lung disease news. If you or someone you know has a chronic lung disease, remember there is hope. At the Lung Institute, we specialize in stem cell treatments for those with lung disease such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. For more information about the Lung Institute or stem cell therapy, please contact one of our patient coordinators by calling (800) 729-3065 today.


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  2. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Joyce,

    We’re sorry to hear that you’ve been going through such a difficult time with pneumonia and low blood oxygen. In combination with your current treatment plan and oxygen therapy use, you could try some of the tips in our article < a href="https://lunginstitute.com/blog/improve-your-oxygen-levels/" rel="nofollow">5 Ways to Improve Your Oxygen Levels. Keep in mind that it’s important to discuss these tips with your doctor before changing or modifying your current treatment plan. We hope this information is helpful for you.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  3. wes pedersen

    3 months ago

    Very interesting, Step cell theropy is showing up in lots of fields it seems, read the other day about a person having a stroke. and showed no signs of recovery so someone tried stem cell therapy in brain and with in 24 hrs persons was showing remarkable progress. also used in spine for person paralyzed from waist down , again now showing great progress when all hope had been lost. so looks like its going to be a great future for man kind, if we dont destroy ourselves first.

  4. Joyce Willits

    3 months ago

    I have low oxygen in my blood from severe pneumonia. After the illness I returned to regular life. About 3 years later I had a hospital test and they saw that my pulse ox level was down. I went to a lung dr. And he put me on 24 hr. Oxygen. It is not the worst thing to happen but makes everyday a lot more difficult. Do you know of anything that could help me?

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