2015 Press Releases


  • Lung Disease May Increase Risk of Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, Mouse Study Suggests

    Released September 30, 2015 - Numerous studies have identified obesity and poor diet as risk factors for insulin resistance and diabetes. Now, a new study adds another risk factor to the list: inflammatory lung disease. The article is published ahead-of-print in the AJP - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.
  • Mechanical Ventilators: From Breathing Help to Breathing Handicap

    Released September 10, 2015 - Researchers explore cell-level changes that weaken the diaphragm after prolonged ventilator use Abstract: Mechanical ventilators are routinely used in both surgical and emergency situations every day in U.S. hospitals. Though often life saving in the short term, prolonged use of ventilators can lead to diaphragm weakness, and problems commonly arise—roughly 20 to 30 percent of the time—when weaning the patient off of the ventilator. In a new study, researchers at the University of Florida provide insights into what causes the weakness on a cellular level. Their result could lead to strategies that hospitals can use to help prevent ventilator-related diaphragm damage.
  • E-Cigarette Vapor—Even when Nicotine-Free—Found to Damage Lung Cells

    Released May 26, 2015 - With the use of e-cigarettes on the rise, especially among young people, research to uncover the health effects of e-cigs is becoming increasingly important. In a new study published ahead of print in AJP-Lung, researchers find that e-cig solution and vapors—even those that are nicotine-free—damage lung health.
  • A New Use for Statins: Asthma

    Released May 26, 2015 - Researchers report that statins inhaled as a spray can treat symptoms of asthma. The findings support that statins should be explored as a new class of inhaler therapy for asthma.