Heart & Lung Health

UBC researchers are fast becoming international leaders in understanding and eliminating heart and lung diseases.

In collaboration with international partners in healthcare and government, our researchers are crossing divisional and departmental boundaries to develop tests, biomarkers and clinical therapies that will predict, treat and cure two of the world’s leading causes of death.

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UBC contributes to international hunt for asthma genes

Denise Daley led the Canadian arm of the study, which found five new genes associated with the condition.
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A hidden threat of high cholesterol – weakened tendons

A UBC team analyzes the damage that cholesterol inflicts on the Achilles tendon, and looks for ways to improve diagnosis.
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UBC tries tele-health to stop revolving door for chronic heart and lung patients

TEC4Home is the largest-ever clinical trial of tele-health in Canada.
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Education can make difference in cardiac arrest outcomes

Comprehensive public health initiatives around CPR and defibrillation led to greater use of the procedures, especially at home.
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UBC recognizes three of Canada’s top health scientists

Stanley Nattel, Ian Mackenzie and Eduardo Franco are being honoured for their accomplishments in heart health, brain health and cancer.
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UBC finds potential biomarker for a surprising health hazard

The Western red cedar, B.C.'s official tree, causes asthma in some people who cut and mill it.
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Yeast found in babies’ guts increases risk of asthma

Microbiologist Brett Finlay will now re-examine the Canadian samples and look for the presence of yeast in the gut of infants.
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UBC maps cardiac arrest across metro Vancouver

Neighborhoods with higher proportions of ethnic Chinese residents had a higher frequency of bystanders performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
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Asthma medication adherence would have dramatic effect on health costs

90 per cent of asthma patients have asthma that could be controlled, but only 25 to 30 per cent of patients are managing their condition properly.
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COPD could overwhelm healthcare systems within two decades

Mohsen Sadatsafavi's findings contradict the widespread assumption that the decline in smoking is making COPD a disease of the past.
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