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  • Study in mice suggests how anesthesia may fight lung infections

    Respiratory / Asthma News From Medical News Today
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    In use for more than a century, inhaled anesthetics like nitrous oxide and halothane have made modern surgery possible.
  • Medicinal marijuana: Patients battle stigma and misunderstanding

    Asthma News -- ScienceDaily
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    New research examines the experiences of California residents who have been prescribed medical marijuana and the stigma they experience from public opinion.  The findings indicate that the stigma of using medical marijuana may contribute to the under-treatment of those who might benefit from medical marijuana. 
  • Gut bacteria in children may help ward off some illnesses

    Asthma News
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:49 pm
    … and a later development of asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and childhood … we read that fibre improves asthma it makes sense because fibre …
  • Talking to people with hearing loss

    Respiratory Therapy Cave
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:49 am
    So on Sunday I instructed my RT Cave Facebook Page followers to read the transcripts from the August 30, 2015, Rush Limbaugh show where Rush explains how it felt to go deaf. Trust me, folks, this has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with how to deal with deaf people or people with hearing loss, people we deal with on a daily basis and still have to communicate with.  Basically, what I wanted people to read was the following. I was playing golf one day, and I ran into a guy I didn't even know. It was up at Jupiter Hills and I ran into a guy. I was coming off the…
  • Takes 25 pounds of grapes to make 1 bottle of Grand Marnier 40% alcohol

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    Padraic Guilfoyle
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:26 am
    Grand Marnier ‏GrandMarnierUSA 4m4 minutes ago It takes more than 25 pounds of Ugni Blanc grapes to make a single bottle of Grand Marnier.
 
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  • Medicinal marijuana: Patients battle stigma and misunderstanding

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    New research examines the experiences of California residents who have been prescribed medical marijuana and the stigma they experience from public opinion.  The findings indicate that the stigma of using medical marijuana may contribute to the under-treatment of those who might benefit from medical marijuana. 
  • Meningitis: Research advances on 'scourge' of transplant wards

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:59 pm
    The fungus Cryptococcus causes meningitis, a brain disease that kills about 1 million people each year. It's difficult to treat because fungi are genetically quite similar to humans, so compounds that affect fungi tend to have toxic side effects for patients. Now, researchers have identified 18 proteins that play a role in spore formation and germination. The findings raises the possibility of preventing the disease by blocking the spores' germination.
  • E-cigarette use linked to cough reflex sensitivity

    20 Aug 2015 | 10:47 am
    The popularity of electronic cigarettes has steadily increased worldwide, but little is known about their effects on health. New research suggests that the single use of an electronic cigarette approximating the nicotine exposure of one tobacco cigarette reduces the sensitivity of the cough reflex.
  • Study reveals new insights into how asthma 'pathways' could be blocked

    19 Aug 2015 | 11:11 am
    New insights have been gained into how asthma may be caused, by identifying three distinct groups of asthma patients characterized by the activity of different genes in an individual’s airways.
  • Breastfeeding could reduce commons infections among Indigenous infants

    17 Aug 2015 | 5:54 am
    Promoting breastfeeding could lead to a substantial reduction in common infections and even deaths that are more common in Indigenous infants than non-Indigenous infants, a new study suggests.
 
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  • Talking to people with hearing loss

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:49 am
    So on Sunday I instructed my RT Cave Facebook Page followers to read the transcripts from the August 30, 2015, Rush Limbaugh show where Rush explains how it felt to go deaf. Trust me, folks, this has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with how to deal with deaf people or people with hearing loss, people we deal with on a daily basis and still have to communicate with.  Basically, what I wanted people to read was the following. I was playing golf one day, and I ran into a guy I didn't even know. It was up at Jupiter Hills and I ran into a guy. I was coming off the…
  • Some asthmatics are good actors

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:09 am
    Carrie would come into the hospital and every doctor, nurse and respiratory therapist knew she was exaggerating it for attention. What was it this time? Was she fighting with her husband? Was she getting our of some work she didn't want to do? Was she stressed? Regardless, we all knew she was exaggerating.And, lo and behold, she was admitted with exaggeration of asthma.  My publisher preferred the name actor, and so it became actor asthmatics. Thus was the theme for cartoon #7.  You can read the accompanying article: "Exaggeration of Asthma."Carrie would cough, wheeze and frown to…
  • The phlegmatic asthmatic

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    There was an asthma kit I received when I was 14 with a game a comic book and an asthma game that taught you how to deal with an asthma attack.  One of the things it mentioned was the wet noodle technique to help you relax. You just basically pretend you are a wet noodle and go limp. It was actually a nice way of teaching kids to work on relaxation techniques, or to be more like a peaceful phlegmatic asthmatic.  Thus was the topic of comic strip #6. You may also read the accompanying post: "The Phlegmatic Asthmatic."John Bottrell has had asthma so long that it has become a normal…
  • 'Olins: Part 3

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The following is a continuation of our list of various types and forms of racemic and actual ventolin-tyes (o'lins) that we doctors keep esoteric from respiratory therapists so they continue to have procedures to justify their existence.  Oh, and the treatments actually do help for the various disorders listed below. Seriously, we are not making this up. 235.  Medicine:  HistorolinDiagnosis:  AsthmaFrequency:  Q4-6Effect:  It is proven that keeping beta 2 receptors saturated with ventolin particles will keep asthma in remission.  Such therapy may be deemed…
  • Albuterol leading treatment for random dyspnea

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:02 pm
    While it has always been assumed, the Real Physician's Creed Association has now officially declared Albuterol a top line treatment for all dyspnea. "Treat as bronchospasm first and then differentiate.  Never doubt that there is underlying bronchospasm," said RPCA chair Dr. Ven Tolin. The decision was the result of a five minute panel discussion based on a complaint by RATS NEST president Mike Olin.  "We are deeply disappointed in this decision," Olin said, "We figured they would have at least given equal time to considering FUROSESONEROLAQUINOX, the latest treatment for…
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  • Takes 25 pounds of grapes to make 1 bottle of Grand Marnier 40% alcohol

    Padraic Guilfoyle
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:26 am
    Grand Marnier ‏GrandMarnierUSA 4m4 minutes ago It takes more than 25 pounds of Ugni Blanc grapes to make a single bottle of Grand Marnier.
  • Heineken does movies. Sells alcohol

    Padraic Guilfoyle
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:24 am
    Heineken UK retweeted Picturehouse Cinemas ‏picturehouses 5m5 minutes ago Be among the first to see Legend HackneyPH courtesy of Heineken_UK! http://ow.ly/RHACJ
  • NoHassle AeraMax 100 Home Air Purifier for Allergies and

    trictabofa1972
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:52 am
    NoHassle AeraMax 100 Home Air Purifier for Allergies and Asthma with 4Stage Purification Working an air purifier can be a single of the smartest selections that you can make for the comfort and safety of your very own home. It will support you with removing all of the contaminates from your house which can affect your allergies and even asthma in you or your loved ones. Odors can be handled if you decide on the appropriate product of purifier and you can also operate at removing the presence of bacteria, fungi, and viral infections in the air. But, there are a lot of diverse sorts of…
  • The Yin Yang of Mast Cells and Histamine Intolerance

    Helen Denton the Anti-Inflammatory Foodist
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    ‘Life’s a Balance’. The gynaecologist I was under many years ago used to repeat this to me every time I saw him. I was a young girl with unexplained amenorrhea (absence of menstrual periods). It frustrated me. It was the only advice he could offer for the-medical-profession-has-no-answers-for-you diagnosis that would become a recurrent theme in my medical history. Over the decades the specialists have come and gone (General Practitioners, Integrative Health Doctor, Urologist, Gynaecologist, Endocrinologist, Gastroenterologist, Clinical Psychologist, Dieticians) with no answers to my…
  • “Parsley - is a Very Powerful Healing Herb”

    Dr. Paul Haider
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:52 am
    Parsley is that green garnish that most people throw away when they go to a restaurant. But parsley is amazingly healing because it’s a powerful antioxidant, great for pain, lowers blood pressure, helps with asthma, arthritis, cancer, urinary tract infections, lowers blood sugar, a great diuretic, helps with anemia, it’s alkalizing, helps with stress, and so much more.   Parsley is Extremely Healthy Parsley will do the body good… I recommend having parsley on hand at all times. Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist Watch and Find Out More — See Link to Video…
 
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  • A List of Foods that can cause Allergies

    admin2
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:53 pm
    A food allergy is caused when your immune system reacts differently and abnormally after you eat or drink something. Millions of people all around the world suffer from different food allergies and the symptoms varies from mild to severe. Children are most likely to experience food allergies. It is not that common in adults as they learn with time what does not suit their immune system and tend to avoid eating them. Below given are the eight most common allergy causing food: Eggs Cow’s milk Shellfish like crab, lobsters, shrimps etc. Peanuts Fish Tree nuts like almonds, hazelnut, walnuts…
  • Common Allergic Reactions to Antibiotics

    admin2
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Antibiotics are the most common form of medication prescribed all across the world. The therapeutic action of an antibiotic is desirable but it is often accompanied with different unwanted reactions or side effects. When taken in prescribed dose, antibiotics are more or less safe with no or very few side effects. However, just like other drugs, antibiotics can also trigger allergic reactions if you take other medicines along with it or the course is incomplete.  These unwanted reactions can range from severe unbearable reactions to mild allergic rashes. Allergenic reactions are the most…
  • Tips to Help a Patient with Asthma Attack

    admin2
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:26 pm
    An asthma attack is an unexpected worsening of any of the asthma symptoms and it is caused when the muscles around the trachea gets tightened, a condition better known as bronchospasm.  The lining of the trachea may get swollen or inflamed during asthma and more than normal mucus is produced. Some of the common symptoms of asthma attack include coughing, difficulty in breathing, wheezing, shortness of breath and the likes. How to Understand an Asthma Attack? Some people with asthma might go without an asthma attack for a long period of time and that might get interrupted due to excessive…
  • Effective Tips to Avoid Allergies while Travelling

    admin2
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Travelling exposes you to numerous things that can bring on allergies and some of them can be really severe. Pollens, certain foods, birds, insects and even fruit bats can bring on allergies. Seasonal allergies usually happen at certain times of the year, and the most common symptoms of getting an allergic reaction is itchy nose and throat, frequent sneezing, wheezing, coughing and even burning eyes. Many people can even develop asthma while travelling just because of allergies. Here are some useful guidelines that will help you to check the possibilities of allergies while travelling –…
  • Bronchitis vs Asthma Symptoms and Treatments

    admin2
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Both Bronchitis and Asthma cause breathing difficulty and are lung diseases in which the lower airways swell, that causes inflammation. While bronchitis can be a short term illness which lasts for several weeks, asthma can be a recurring disease which causes airway narrowing at regular intervals. Even though similarities exist between the two diseases, asthma and bronchitis are two different ailments with distinct treatment strategies. Difference Between Bronchitis and Asthma Bronchitis is caused due to an infection in the airway coating with a cough, which can last for several weeks. Some of…
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  • Respiratory allergy caused by house dust mites: Inhaled mite aeroallergens are unusually virulent (2015 review)

    Ves Dimov
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The house dust mite (HDM) is a major perennial allergen source and a significant cause of allergic asthma. However, awareness of the condition remains generally low. Prevalence data for HDM allergen sensitization vary from 65 to 130 million persons in the general population worldwide to as many as 50% among asthmatic patients. Inhaled mite aeroallergens are unusually virulent: they are able to activate both the adaptive and innate immune responses. Translation of silent sensitization into symptomatic disease is still incompletely understood. Improved understanding of HDMs, their allergens,…
  • The next generation sequencing of microbiome of lower airways

    Ves Dimov
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    For many years, the human lower airways were considered a sterile environment where the presence of microorganisms was interpreted as an abnormal health state. Not anymore. High-throughput sequencing-based studies have led to a shift in this perception. Even in healthy conditions the lower airways show either a transient presence or a permanent colonization by microorganisms. This review summarizes the methodology pertinent to high-throughput sequencing studies, based on amplicon sequencing, and discusses good practices and common pitfalls: http://www.waojournal.org/content/8/1/23The…
  • Genetic profiles for personalized and precision medicine in asthma

    Ves Dimov
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Pharmacogenetic approaches have already become useful in other pulmonary diseases to identify individuals most likely to respond to costly biologic therapies. One example is the discovery of ivacaftor for treatment of cystic fibrosis related to CFTR Gly551Asp gene. Is asthma next? It is possible that variants in in IL4RA gene could serve as biomarkers for biologic drugs currently under development, such as dupilumab.DNA should be collected in drug trial cohorts and made available for pharmacogenetic studies. In time, the costs of high-throughput genotyping and DNA sequencing will continue to…
  • Assessment of Small Airways with Computed Tomography (CT) Leaves More to be Desired

    Ves Dimov
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Computed tomography (CT) assessment of air trapping has been considered useful as a measure of small airway disease. Mean lung density (MLD) and the percentage of the lung field occupied by low attenuation area (LAA%) can be evaluated automatically, and their expiratory/inspiratory (E/I) ratios correlate with asthma severity and spirometry parameters. However, mosaic attenuation, another indicator of air trapping, has been assessed visually, and its functional relevance remains controversial.This retrospective study of 36 nonsmoking patients with stable asthma attempted to correlate mosaic…
  • Real-Time Activation of One Mast Cell - NEJM video

    Ves Dimov
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Real-Time Activation of a Mast Cell by Substance P: Photomicroscopy of one human mast cell placed between two cover slips and perfused with the neuropeptide substance P shows degranulation in real time as observed with the use of Nomarski (three-dimensional) optics. See the related NEJM article, "Mast Cells, Mastocytosis, and Related Disorders" http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra1409760 Posted at Allergy Notes. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
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  • Asthma Tree

    breathinstephen
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    We all have an upside down tree in our chests. The trunk resembles the main bronchus (the windpipe), the branches are the large and small airways, and the bright green leaves are the little air sacs (alveoli) where oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange takes place. These are healthy lungs…. In some forms of COPD, such as Emphysema, the trunk, the branches, and the leaves become stiff and brittle, and the tree slowly withers away. With severe asthma, the trunk and branches can become stiff and scarred, but the leaves often remain green. The tree struggles, but it manages to survive for long…
  • Downsizing

    breathinstephen
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    Makes me kinda sad seeing this (makes my wallet sad too, $150 down the drain). This is the race I was supposed to do in October. It would have been my 10th full marathon, a nice round number to retire with. I registered for it way back in January on the heels of last years race, during a time when I was feeling strong and confident about doing one more marathon. All of that changed 3 months ago when I got sick. What started off with some mild fatigue and breathlessness, turned into a weird syndrome of almost daily fevers and flu like symptoms, which eventually made my asthma spiral out of…
  • 23rd time’s a charm

    breathinstephen
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:19 pm
    No..not as in hospitalizations ( I’ve lost count of those,) I’m talking about my 23rd endotracheal intubation with mechanical ventilation for respiratory failure. You heard that right, Ive been intubated 23 times now! That’s gotta be some kind of weird worlds record or something. How is this even possible ? Once, maybe twice… but not dozens of times? This just doesn’t happen. Granted, most of these intubations have been relatively brief, but some of these have lasted as long as 8 days. Making this number even more astonishing, is that the decision to intubate a…
  • Survive an attack, register for a marathon

    breathinstephen
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Makes sense to me…… Get really sick, spend time in the hospital, come home exhausted and depressed, and then immediately sign up to do a 26.2 mile foot race. But then again I’m probably not your typical chronic lunger. After finishing my 8th marathon back in 2011, I had basically shrugged off the notion of ever attempting to do another. I mean, what would be the point.. right? I had trained hard and walked my ass off for the past 7 years trying to do what few people with severe lung disease had ever done. I exceeded in that endeavor and have a wall full of shiny medals to…
  • 6 times a day

    breathinstephen
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    I had planned to write a post about my nebulizer treatment routine, but then I thought what the heck… I’ll just video it! The point Im trying to make in the clip, is that the daily nebbing routine for many of us is a lot more time consuming than one would think. Managing asthma, COPD, CF or any severe lung condition can become a full time job.
 
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