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Smoggy Beijing Testing a 23-Foot-Tall Air Purifier
When people think of cities with terrible air pollution, Beijing is usually towards the top of the list. That’s why Chinese officials are trying something new to fight catastrophic levels of air pollution in the form of a two-story-tall Smog Free Tower.
Daan Roosegaarde, the project’s lead designer, said his 23-foot-tall tower can eliminate 70 to 80 percent of impurities in the air from an area the size of a football stadium in 36 hours. Roosegaarde will be setting up the tower in Beijing next month. Though Chinese officials don’t think this will cure all of China’s pollution problems, it serves as a way to raise awareness among citizens to help fight pollution.
For more information, check out the New York Times.
Department of Defense Grants $11.5 Million to Study Lung Disease
The Department of Defense has awarded National Jewish Health $11.5 million in grants to research and treat soldiers with lung disease. National Jewish Health, an academic medical research facility located in Denver, Colo., will be looking specifically at warfighters who were deployed to Southwest Asia.
Warfighters sent to that region come down with a wide variety of lung disease at almost twice the rate as soldiers deployed in other regions of the world. Since 2001, more than 2.8 million military personnel, contractors and non-governmental organization employees have been sent to the region, specifically Iraq and Afghanistan. Those deployed were more likely to report suffering from respiratory disease, ranging from chronic asthma to bronchiolitis obliterans.
For more information, go the PR Newswire.
Scientists Look into New Method of Boosting Stem Cell Production
Researchers have discovered a new method of creating human stem cells which can lead to understanding the cell’s potential. Currently, the study of stem cells has been limited due to many factors making it difficult to harvest large amounts of quality stem cells. This new method could lead to quicker and cheaper larger scale industrial production. This discovery was made by several scientists from the University of Nottingham, Uppsala University and GE Healthcare in Sweden.
Learn more by going to the University of Nottingham’s website.
Johnson & Johnson Developing Early Detection, Treatment Plan for COPD
Since 2015, healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson has been working on a project to learn how to predict and treat diseases in the early stages. In March, J&J gave an update on two projects stemming from this idea. One of the projects is to identify and treat people who are at risk or in the early stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Researchers from J&J have said this project has become more feasible thanks to recent scientific advancements, including the mapping of the human genome.
For more information, go to Fox News Health.
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 diseases 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.