Author Archives: Magdalena Kegel

Sputum Analysis Could Be an Alternative Source of Biomarkers for IPF

Measuring disease-associated factors in sputum may be a less invasive way of tracking molecular changes in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) than bronchoalveolar washing, which involves sucking material from the lungs with a syringe, according to a study. Researchers found several factors in IPF patients at higher levels than in healthy people…

Bleomycin-triggered Lung Disease May Be Treated with Esbriet, Case Report Suggests

A case report illustrates the possibility of treating cancer patients who develop bleomycin-triggered lung disease with Esbriet (pirfenidone) — a drug approved for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) treatment. Researchers acknowledged that further studies are needed, but they said combining Esbriet and corticosteroid drugs could completely reverse lung disease and prevent…