2018 Press Releases


  • E-Cigarette Flavorings, Additives Increase Inflammation and Impair Lung Function

    Released October 11, 2018 - Flavoring and additive ingredients in e-cigarettes may increase inflammation and impair lung function, according to new research. The study, published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, also found that short-term exposure to e-cigarettes was enough to cause lung inflammation similar or worse than that seen in traditional cigarette use. The research was chosen as an APSselect article for October.
  • Obesity Alters Airway Muscle Function, Increases Asthma Risk

    Released September 13, 2018 - New research suggests that obesity changes how airway muscles function, increasing the risk of developing asthma. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.
  • Estrogen May Protect Against Depression after Heart Attack

    Released August 9, 2018 - Estrogen may protect against heart failure-related depression by preventing the production of inflammation-causing chemicals in the brain. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Heart and Circulatory Physiology.
  • Stem Cell Transplant Drug May Protect against Smoke-related COPD Symptoms

    Released July 3, 2018 - New research suggests that a drug shown to mobilize stem cells in patients with certain cancers that need stem cell transplantation may also protect against cigarette smoke-induced lung injury. The study, published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, was chosen as an APSselect article for July.
  • Aging + Lung Stiffening = Function Decline

    Released March 8, 2018 - New research suggests that certain areas of the lungs are more likely than others to show age-related damage that compromises respiratory function. The paper is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.