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Delhi ‘lungs’ turn sickly brown in days

NEW DELHI: A pair of artificial lungs put up in New Delhi to demonstrate the lethal effects of smog have turned a sickly dark brown within 10 days of their installation, underscoring the city's pollution crisis. Delhi, the world's most polluted major city, has been covered in a toxic grey haze since the onset of winter last month, with pollution levels several times higher than the World Health Organization's safe limits. The oversized lungs, put up on November 3 on the premises of the Sir Ganga Ram hospital and white…

Doctors rarely discuss end-of-life care for chronic lung conditions

COLORADO: Though most people suffering from chronic respiratory diseases want to discuss their preferences for end-of-life care with medical providers, they seldom do, a new review of past research suggests. “It’s easier to avoid the conversation, which is rarely a brief one,” said Dr. Cari Levy, a professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. “Our systems are not designed to allow for meaningful conversations that may take some time.” Levy, a palliative-care physician who routinely…