2017 Press Releases


  • Exercise May Help Protect Smokers from Inflammation, Muscle Damage

    Released November 28, 2017 - Regular exercise may protect smokers from some of the negative effects associated with smoking, such as muscle loss and inflammation, according to a new study. The article is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.
  • Sickle Cell Conference to Discuss Causes and Pathways to a Cure

    Released October 31, 2017 - Leading experts in the field of sickle cell disease (SCD) research will convene in Washington, D.C., for the Physiological and Pathophysiological Consequences of Sickle Cell Disease conference (November 6–8). The conference will explore SCD—the world’s most prevalent single gene mutation disease—and new research on preventing and reversing its deadly consequences.
  • Taking It to the Clinic: Using Mitochondria to Diagnose Disease

    Released August 28, 2017 - Leading researchers will discuss advances in understanding the role of mitochondria in health and disease and the use of the “powerhouse of the cell” as a clinical diagnostic tool during the “Translating the Mitochondria—Taking It to the Clinic” symposium at the American Physiological Society’s (APS’s) Physiological Bioenergetics: Mitochondria from Bench to Bedside conference.
  • E-Cigarette Use Accelerates Effects of Cardiovascular Aging

    Released August 12, 2017 - A new study suggests that a single exposure to e-cigarette (e-cig) vapor may be enough to impair vascular function. Researchers from West Virginia University will present findings today at the Cardiovascular Aging: New Frontiers and Old Friends meeting in Westminster, Colo.
  • Pollution Exposure during Pregnancy Increases Asthma Risk for Three Generations

    Released July 18, 2017 - Exposure to environmental pollutants during pregnancy may increase the risk of asthma for as many as three consecutive generations, according to new research. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.
  • Older Adults’ Lungs Remain Strong during Exercise

    Released June 20, 2017 - Highly active older adults experience no limitations in the lungs’ capacity to exchange gases (lung-diffusing capacity) during physical activity, researchers have found. The study is published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
  • Global Warming May Cause Spike in Asthma, Allergy Symptoms

    Released June 6, 2017 - A new study finds that exposure to a widespread outdoor fungus can increase cell damage (oxidative stress) in the airways. This spike weakens the airways’ barrier defense system that, when functioning normally, removes infection- and allergy-causing organisms (mucociliary clearance). The study, published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology, was chosen as an APSselect article for June.
  • High-Fat Diet during Pregnancy Compromises Offspring’s Lung Health

    Released March 29, 2017 - Women who follow a high-fat diet during pregnancy may increase their children’s risk for asthma. A mouse study by Oregon Health and Science University researchers suggests that consistent consumption of fat-laden foods may change the immune response of the offsprings’ respiratory system. The article is published in Physiological Reports.
  • Caffeine Reduces Oxidative Stress, Improves Oxygen-Induced Lung Injury

    Released March 8, 2017 - A new study finds that caffeine may protect the lungs from damage caused by prolonged oxygen therapy, such as oxygen supplementation given to premature babies. The article is the first of its kind to study the positive effects of caffeine on the lungs’ minute tissue structures. It is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.