Navigation Links
Queen's University Belfast lung injury study could save lives in critically ill
Date:10/13/2010

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast are investigating a potential new treatment for lung disease that could save many lives each year.

The research team is studying how statins, drugs which are commonly used to treat high cholesterol, can be used to treat lung disease.

There is currently no effective treatment for acute lung injury. The team hopes the work could boost survival rates for those who become critically ill and suffer lung failure after incidents such as road traffic accidents or severe infections.

Leading the research is Professor Danny McAuley from Queen's Centre for Infection and Immunity. He said: "When people are critically ill their lungs can fail. This is termed 'acute lung injury' and means that the lungs fill with water instead of air. Breathing becomes difficult and a ventilator is needed to take over.

"Statins have the potential to improve lung injury by reducing inflammation in the lung, reversing the damage and therefore decreasing the amount of water in the lungs. This helps fight infection."

The team includes Queen's researchers, Dr Celia O'Kane and Professor Cliff Taggart, along with Professor John Laffey from National University Ireland, Galway.

The research has the potential to free up healthcare resources and allow more people to return to the workplace sooner following spells in hospital.

Professor McAuley added: "There may be up to 45,000 cases of acute lung injury each year in the UK and Ireland and up to 22,000 deaths. Only around half of those who survive are able to return to work 12 months after discharge from hospital. After recovery from lung injury, patients can go on to experience a poorer quality of life and many are unable to look after themselves.

"But this treatment has the potential to reduce the impact of acute lung injury and the time patients need to stay in intensive care units. It could also significantly reduce the strain on hospital beds."

The study is being managed by staff from the Clinical Research Support Centre in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and has been supported by the infrastructure provided by the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network. The Clinical Research Facility at NUI Galway is providing additional support. The study is taking place over four years in approximately 25 other intensive care units throughout the UK and Ireland.


'/>"/>

Contact: Donna McCullough
comms.office@qub.ac.uk
44-289-097-5391
Queen's University Belfast
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Unlike us, honeybees naturally make quick switch in their biological clocks, says Hebrew University researcher
2. University of Utah microbubbles clean dirty soil in China
3. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev hosts UNESCO conference on drylands, deserts and desertification
4. Brown University chemists simplify biodiesel conversion
5. New fisheries system will save about $20 million, Iowa State University researchers find
6. Hebrew University research holds promise for development of new osteoporosis drug
7. Auxogyn licenses noninvasive embryo assessment technology from Stanford University
8. Iowa State University researcher examines mosquito gene for new disease response
9. WSJ honors university-created LLC with Innovation Award
10. University of Nevada, Reno, demonstrates successful sludge-to-power research
11. University of Nevada, Reno demonstrates successful sludge-to-power research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/8/2017)... Mass., Feb. 7, 2017  Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... today reported financial results for its quarter and year ended ... quarter of 2016 was $3.9 million compared to $6.9 million ... fourth quarter of 2016 was $0.6 million compared to $2.6 ... the fourth quarter of 2016 was $0.5 million, or $0.02 ...
(Date:2/8/2017)... , Feb. 7, 2017 Report Highlights ... by 2021 from $8.3 billion in 2016 at a ... to 2021. Report Includes - An overview of ... market trends, with data from 2015 and 2016, and ... - Segmentation of the market on the basis of ...
(Date:2/7/2017)... York , February 7, 2017 ... ID Global Solutions Corporation [OTC: IDGS], ("Ipsidy" or the ... and electronic transaction processing services, is pleased to announce ... the Company. Effective January 31, 2017, ... Board of Directors, CEO and President.  An experienced payment ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017  Aethlon Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... authored by its Chairman and CEO, Jim Joyce ... Munich Security Conference last Saturday, Bill Gates ... kill more people than nuclear weapons. Mr. Gates expressed ... U.K. intelligence agencies, that scientific terrorists have access to ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... FireflySci, Inc is an explosive small business ... had the goal of bringing their powerful cuvette and spectrophotometer calibration to ... that FireflySci is going on as they add yet another mark on the global ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... YORK , Feb. 23, 2017 ... digital health company, and Digital Noema Telehealth ... remote patient monitoring, announce they are partnering to ... DN Telehealth maximizes collaboration compatibility for its ... beyond a physical clinical setting to include fully ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... 2017  MIODx announced today that it has ... technologies from the University of California, San Francisco ... monitor a patient for response to immune checkpoint ... second license extends the technology with a method ... have an immune-related adverse event (IRAE) from their ...
Breaking Biology Technology: