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  • Virologists reveal transmission rate of the MERS virus

    Respiratory / Asthma News From Medical News Today
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The MERS coronavirus has caused disease outbreaks across the Arabian Peninsula and spread to Europe several times.
  • Indoor mold poses health risk to asthma sufferers

    Asthma News -- ScienceDaily
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    By critically reviewing the findings from 17 studies in eight different countries, the research has found that the presence of several types of mould can lead to breathing problems in asthma sufferers, as well as increasing the likelihood of developing the condition.
  • A Kickstarter to Hold Stingy Landlords Accountable For Withholding Heat

    Asthma News
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    … says, "I'm asthmatic, I cannot sleep without heat …
  • Non-invasive ventilation with humidification: the latest evidence

    Respiratory Therapy Cave
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    There continues to be a debate as to the effectiveness of applying humidification to noninvasive ventilation (NIV). Some argue that humidification is not indicated because, regardless of the type of mask used (oronasal, nasal, nasal plugs, face mask), air will be humidified by the patient's natural mechanism.  Yet the crux of the evidence says this is not true, and that supplemental humidification is essential.The last evidence appears in the January, 2014, issue of Respiratory Care, "Hygrometric properties of inspired gas and oral dryness in patients with acute respiratory failure…
  • Just Breathe | Golden Touch

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    renealynch
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    So, I know I’ve been MIA the last week or so.  With school getting underway, registrations, fo
 
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    Asthma News -- ScienceDaily

  • Indoor mold poses health risk to asthma sufferers

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    By critically reviewing the findings from 17 studies in eight different countries, the research has found that the presence of several types of mould can lead to breathing problems in asthma sufferers, as well as increasing the likelihood of developing the condition.
  • Repeat emergency department visits for acute heart failure suggest need for better outpatient care

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Almost one-third of acute heart failure syndrome patients seen in hospital emergency departments in one American study during 2010 had ED visits during the following year, findings that suggest a lack of appropriate outpatient care. The authors note that acute heart failure syndrome (AHFS) -- an increase in symptoms that requires urgent care -- accounts for more than 675,000 ED visits and one million hospitalizations in the U.S. each year, incurring around $31 million in costs.
  • New treatment for obstructive sleep apnea

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Certain hospitals are beginning to offer a new FDA-approved treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Previous pulmonary disease linked to increased lung cancer risk in large study

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Links between a number of common respiratory diseases and an increased risk of developing lung cancer have been found in a large pooled analysis of seven studies involving more than 25,000 individuals. "The variations in the associations between lung cancer and different patterns of previous respiratory diseases that we observed in our study may indicate differences in the underlying etiological mechanisms," said the lead author. "Better understanding of these associations may help guide the type and frequency of clinical surveillance needed for patients with each of these diseases."
  • Cystic fibrosis mucus defect present at birth, study shows

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Mucus is key to keeping our lungs clean and clear of bacteria, viruses, and other foreign particles that can cause infection and inflammation. When we inhale microbes and dust, they are trapped in the mucus and then swept up and out of the lungs via a process called mucociliary transport. New research shows that cystic fibrosis causes a specific defect in this process, reducing the ability to clear particles and germs out of the airway.
 
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    Respiratory Therapy Cave

  • Non-invasive ventilation with humidification: the latest evidence

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    There continues to be a debate as to the effectiveness of applying humidification to noninvasive ventilation (NIV). Some argue that humidification is not indicated because, regardless of the type of mask used (oronasal, nasal, nasal plugs, face mask), air will be humidified by the patient's natural mechanism.  Yet the crux of the evidence says this is not true, and that supplemental humidification is essential.The last evidence appears in the January, 2014, issue of Respiratory Care, "Hygrometric properties of inspired gas and oral dryness in patients with acute respiratory failure…
  • 5000 B.C.: An Egyptian hero thinks about air

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Note:  I know I published this post already on this blog. However, as this is part of my respiratory therapy and asthma history, I'm submitting it once again. So, if you read this already, you may enjoy a day off from reading the RT Cave.  JohnSometime around 5,000 years before the birth of Christ a man was sitting in an otherwise empty cave (it was raining outside) cutting open the body of an ox. As he set the knife upon the animal's chest he observed the chest was moving, and he cracked open the ribs and saw that the heart was still beating, although as he held it in his hands the…
  • 5000 B.C.-1700 A.D.: Natural remedies for asthma in Mesoamerica

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    If you had asthma or asthma-like symptoms and lived in America around 5000 B.C., chances are you'd pray to the various spirits for health and healing just as your ancestors did in Asia.  Although, as time passed, there were a variety of other options that were available for you to try, including an inhaler of sorts. According to Plinio Prioreschi, in his 1991 book "A History of Medicine," most of what is known about pre-Columbian medicine in America comes from Spanish writers.  The reason for this is many older texts are either too primitive and too vague to provide such knowledge,…
  • Airway remodeling discovered in mild intermittent asthma

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:36 pm
    A problem the sometimes results in patients with asthma is airway changes, or remodeling, that become permanent.  The end result here is thickening of the airway walls resulting in irreversible air-flow obstruction. What would cause airway remodeling in asthmatics:Mucosal infiltration by inflammatory cellsDeposition of connective tissue on the extracellular matricIncrease in muscle mass, mucus glands, and vessel areaSuch remodeling not only occurs in central airways but in peripheral airways as well.  What are the pathological features of airway remodeling in…
  • Ebola virus now in U.S.

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Ebola is perhaps the deadliest disease in the world.  There is no cure, so if you get it there's a 90% chance you will die.  The disease Ebola haemorrhagic fever, or what is now called Ebola virus disease, was first discovered in 1976, and the disease has never made it into the United States, until recently.It first appears as flu-like symptoms, and then it starts to cause internal bleeding. So, basically, those who get it bleed out, and this ultimately results in organ failure, followed by death.  The only treatment is supportive, and basically involves hydrating…
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  • Just Breathe | Golden Touch

    renealynch
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    So, I know I’ve been MIA the last week or so.  With school getting underway, registrations, fo
  • Extreme Heat Takes Toll on Asthma Patients

    Heather Riske
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - These past few days of high temperatures and heat indexes are hitting people with asthma hard. St. Louis City and County hospitals have treated 46 heat-related illnesses since last Thursday. But in St. Louis City on Sunday alone, there were 43 people treated in ERs with asthma-related problems. “This combined heat and humidity is really quite dangerous for people who suffer from asthma, COPD or any other type of lung condition.” St. Louis City health director Pamela Walker urges people with asthma to make sure you are up to date on your medicine and try to stay…
  • It's All In Your Head

    Jen Kerwood
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I came across this article the other day and it made me laugh. I’ve lost count of the number o
  • Stress - Natural Mood Boosters

    Lung Health Hacks
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    Keeping oneself healthy should always be at the top of your daily to-do list – especially for people who have compromised lungs.  Though we have a tendency to concentrate on laboratory values as an indicator of our physical health, we don’t consider our emotional health, seemingly, nearly as often. When was the last time your mood took a turn for the worst?  How did your body feel during this bad mood?   Did your heart start pounding and your breathing increase?  Did you get a knot in your stomach? Big, Deep, Cleansing Breaths More than likely, many of us have had all of…
  • Gut Bacteria protects against Food Allergy - Clostridia induces Immune Response

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    26 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies identified http://www.uchospitals.edu Common gut bacteria prevent sensitization to allergens in a mouse model for peanut allergy, paving the way for probiotic therapies to treat food allergies The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. By inducing immune responses that prevent food allergens from entering the bloodstream, Clostridia minimize allergen exposure and prevent sensitization – a key step in the development of food allergies. The discovery points toward…
 
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  • Role of macrolides in asthma: promise of efficacy, search for responsive phenotype continues

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Macrolides, such as clarithromycin and azithromycin, possess antimicrobial, immunomodulatory, and potential antiviral properties. They are a potential therapeutic option for asthma but the results from clinical trials have been contentious. The findings could be confounded by many factors, including the heterogeneity of asthma, treatment duration and dose. Recent evidence suggests effectiveness of macrolides in patients with uncontrolled severe neutrophilic asthma and in asthma exacerbations. At present, the use of macrolides in chronic asthma or acute exacerbations is not justified. Further…
  • Antimalaria drug hydroxychloroquine use for chronic urticaria is based on only one published study

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    What is it?Hydroxychloroquine is an antiinflammatory drug and antimalarial agent. The relative safety of the low doses, and the low cost of hydroxychloroquine makes it a reasonable agent in the treatment of refractory chronic urticaria (CU). One of the disadvantages is the relatively slow onset of action. How the works?The mechanism of action includes suppression of T lymphocyte activation and antigen processing. Paucity of research dataApparently, there is only one published study in PubMed, from 10 years ago, which included only 18 patients with chronic urticaria…
  • Allergic rhinitis - top articles for August 2014

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about allergic rhinitis for August 2014:Allergic airway disease in a tropical urban environment is driven by dominant mono sensitization: dust mite http://buff.ly/1iCXf14Rhinitis as a risk factor for depression in pre-adolescents: risk increased from 11 to 17.7% http://buff.ly/1gSq1GOIs There a Need to Repeat Skin Test in Childhood Allergic Diseases? Yes, 40% had different results 4 yrs later http://buff.ly/1mw3abwImpermeable dust mite covers were not helpful in primary and tertiary prevention of allergic disease (meta-analysis)…
  • Hay fever - 1953 documentary film about allergic rhinitis by Wellcome Library

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    From Wellcome Library history of medicine collection: Short documentary film (15 minutes) describing the causes and symptoms of hay fever and showing how pollen is collected and made into desensitising sets for sufferers. Please note: Allergy shots are no longer administered at home by patients.Here is the current approach to therapy of allergic rhinitis:Treatment Options for 
Allergic Rhinitis (AR) and 
Non-Allergic Rhinitis (NAR) in 6 Steps (click to enlarge the image). Posted at Allergy Notes. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
  • Pulmonary findings in common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    It is not clear if interstitial lung disease (ILD) in common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is a consequence of chronic infection or a manifestation of dysregulated lymphoid proliferation. This retrospective review of electronic medical records of 61 patients with CVID evaluated clinical and laboratory correlates of bronchiectasis, ground glass opacity, and pulmonary nodules on CT scan.Here are the correlations:- Bronchiectasis was strongly correlated with a CD4+ T-cell count lower than 700 cells/μL and was associated with a history of pneumonia and older age. - Pulmonary nodular disease…
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