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Automated Imaging Method Seen to Accurately Capture PF Severity

A new, automated computer image analysis technique was able to accurately assess and measure the severity of pulmonary fibrosis (PF) using patients’ lung tissue samples, a study reported. According to its researchers, this technique may complement conventional measures of disease severity, and could prove useful in assessing a range…

Nominations Open for 2022 Eurordis Black Pearl Awards

Nominations are now open for the worldwide 2022 Black Pearl Awards from Eurordis-Rare Diseases Europe. The 12 award categories recognize individual advocates, policy makers, researchers, organizations, and companies who work to make a difference for the global rare disease community. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 10…

Enrollment Resumes in GALACTIC-1 Trial of Inhaled Therapy GB0139

Enrollment has resumed, under a revised trial protocol, in the Phase 2b study GALACTIC-1, which is evaluating Galecto’s investigational inhaled therapy GB0139 in adults with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Galecto in March had been advised to stop recruiting and treating certain trial participants after disparities were…

NeRRe Raises £20M to Develop Orvepitant for IPF Chronic Cough

NeRRe Therapeutics has raised £20 million (nearly $28 million) to develop orvepitant as a treatment for the chronic cough that can impact quality of life for people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Orvepitant’s efficacy has been demonstrated in patients with refractory or unexplained chronic cough associated with reflex…

Study to Test If Wearable Device Can Predict Symptom Worsening

Researchers at the University of Alberta are studying whether combining a commercially available wearable device with artificial intelligence can effectively predict symptom worsening in people with chronic lung conditions, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Developed by New York-based Health Care Originals to monitor asthma, the ADAMM-RSM…

PFF Summit Will Focus on Research, Quality of Life

With an emphasis on research and how well patients are living, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s (PFF) PFF Summit 2021 is set to take place virtually Nov. 8–13. The global biennial pulmonary fibrosis (PF) conference, which is sponsored in part by Boehringer Ingelheim, will offer live, interactive educational…

Gefapixant Safe, But Failed to Reduce Cough Frequency

Gefapixant (MK-7264), an investigational cough suppressant, was safe and well-tolerated by patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), but did not significantly reduce chronic coughing, according to data from a Phase 2 clinical trial. Results from this trial were shared in the study, “Treatment of Persistent Cough in Subjects…

Tyvaso Improved Lung Function in IPF Patients With PH

Four months of treatment with Tyvaso (inhaled treprostinil) significantly improved lung function in adults with pulmonary hypertension associated with interstitial lung disease (PH-ILD), according to a post-hoc analysis of data from the Phase 2/3 INCREASE clinical trial. PH-ILD comprises a group of conditions characterized by significant lung scarring (fibrosis), including…