Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Kills Two In Yosemite National Park

Four cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome have been identified so far at Yosemite National Park, two of the infected people have died, according to an announcement by the National Park Service Office of Public Health. All the current infections occurred in people who visited that park in June of this year and stayed at Curry Village in "Signature Tent Cabins"...

Fear Of Losing Licence Cited For Understatement Of Sleep Apnoea Symptoms By Commercial Drivers

People who drive commercial vehicles, such as buses, taxis, trucks and aeroplanes, could be incorrectly reporting their symptoms of sleep apnoea due to their fears of endangering their employment, according to a new study. The research will be presented on 1 September 2012 at the European Respiratory Society's (ERS) Annual Congress in Vienna...

New Model Shows How Human Lungs Brush Out Intruders

A runny nose and a wet cough caused by a cold or an allergy may not feel very good. But human airways rely on sticky mucus to expel foreign matter, including toxic and infectious agents, from the body. Now, a study by Brian Button and colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, helps to explain how human airways clear such mucus out of the lungs...

New Research Could Reduce Risks For People Who Work With Tiny Fibres Used In Manufacturing Industries

Research into the health risks posed by nanofibres - used to strengthen objects from tennis rackets to airplane wings - has pinpointed the lengths at which these fibres are harmful to the lungs. Health risks Nanofibres, which can be made from a range of materials including carbon, are about 1,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair and can reach the lung cavity when inhaled...