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  • Study sheds new light on asthma, COPD

    Asthma News -- ScienceDaily
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    In diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the body produces too much mucus, making breathing difficult. New research provides clues to potentially counteract inappropriate mucus production.
  • To end TB, treat the missing millions

    Respiratory / Asthma News From Medical News Today
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Every year, among the estimated 9 million persons who develop tuberculosis (TB), 3 million are missed - not diagnosed, treated, or even tracked by national TB programs - according to a Guest...
  • South-East Asian haze increases risk of respiratory mortality

    Asthma News -- ScienceDaily
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Research has shown a significant association between haze events in South-East Asia and mortality rates caused by respiratory illness on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia.
  • Penelope Gnesin Transformation and Healing to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

    Asthma News
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    ASBURY PARK, NEW JERSEY, USA, March 27, 2015 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Everyone experiences the pleasures of joy and the pain of physical or emotional sorrow at one point or another. How we carry these experiences can have an enormous impact on our future. …
  • 331 B.C- 619 A.D..: The School of Alexandria

    Respiratory Therapy Cave
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Figure 1 --Alexander the Great had a vision of creatinga great city, and compiling all the science and wisdom ofthe world in one place.  He died before he was 32, thusnot living to see his dream come true. The evolution of medicine was slow moving through most of history.  One of the reasons for this was that it was illegal to touch a human corpse except in preparing it for burial or cremation.  This was one of the main reasons Galen's ignorant explanations of the human body were worshiped as the medical Bible for over a thousand years after his death.  This…
 
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  • South-East Asian haze increases risk of respiratory mortality

    19 Mar 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Research has shown a significant association between haze events in South-East Asia and mortality rates caused by respiratory illness on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia.
  • Study sheds new light on asthma, COPD

    18 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    In diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the body produces too much mucus, making breathing difficult. New research provides clues to potentially counteract inappropriate mucus production.
  • Researchers uncover a mechanism linking inhaled diesel pollution and respiratory distress

    14 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    Researchers have, for the first time, shown how exhaust pollution from diesel engines is able to affect nerves within the lung. Air pollution is a significant threat to health, they say, and identifying potential mechanisms linking exposure to diesel exhaust and the exacerbation of respiratory diseases may lead to treatments for those affected.
  • Bariatric surgery appears to cut risks for serious asthma-related events

    13 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    Bariatric surgery can significantly reduce the risk of asthma attacks -- also called exacerbations -- in obese patients with asthma, research shows. The report is the first to find that significant weight reduction can reduce serious asthma-associated events.
  • Scientists open door for asthma cure

    10 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    Scientists have identified a way to target a recently discovered cell type that causes asthma, paving the way to cure the chronic respiratory disease that affects 25 million Americans.
 
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  • 331 B.C- 619 A.D..: The School of Alexandria

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Figure 1 --Alexander the Great had a vision of creatinga great city, and compiling all the science and wisdom ofthe world in one place.  He died before he was 32, thusnot living to see his dream come true. The evolution of medicine was slow moving through most of history.  One of the reasons for this was that it was illegal to touch a human corpse except in preparing it for burial or cremation.  This was one of the main reasons Galen's ignorant explanations of the human body were worshiped as the medical Bible for over a thousand years after his death.  This…
  • 400 B.C.: Hippocrates alludes to heart failure

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    I wanted to make a note here that Hippocrates had no way of knowing about heart failure, or any other diseases of the heart.  So, when the heart caused dyspnea, this would simply be diagnosed as asthma.However, Hippocrates, and other Greek physicians, did recognize and diagnose as diseases some of the symptoms of heart failure, such as angina (chest pain), dropsy (swelling of the feet and ankles, and hydropsy (fluid in the lungs) and anascara (generalized edema). In his book "On the Different Parts of Man, Hippocrates said:Angina arises from blood arrested in the vessels of the neck. (1,…
  • 400 B.C.: Hippocrates describes pneumothorax

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    While he didn't understand it nor its cause, Hippocrates described a condition that we now refer to as pleural effusion and he referred to as hydrothorax.  It's a condition where fluid builds up in the pleural cavity.As a remedy, he described the procedure of paracentesis, which involved creating an incision above the third false rib, and inserting a tube into the opening. He then used a trocar.  A Trocar, according to dictionary.com, is a sharp pointed instrument enclosed in a cannula that was used for withdrawing fluid from the cavity. (1, page 282)This procedure was very similar…
  • 1920-1980: Pneumonia is finally tackled

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    For most of mankind, deadly diseases like influenza and tuberculosis were the main focus of the medical profession.  It was only when these diseases were tackled were physicians able to focus on other diseases, like pneumonia.In 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming observed that colonies of the Bacterium Staphylococcus that he was growing in a colony were dissolving.  He later discovered the plates had been infested by a blue-green mold, and he determined it was this mold that was responsible for the bacteria dissolving.  He later grew the mold in its pure form and discovered…
  • 400 B.C: Hippocrates defines pneumonia

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:16 am
    Pneumonia is sometimes referred to as one of the oldest diseases known to mankind.  It would seem wise to presume that so long as a person, or a species, has lungs, that the possibility of them becoming infected, and inflamed, would always exist.  If this is true, then pneumonia must have been a common cause of death since the beginning of mankind.During the rare opportunities that medicine men, or priest physicians, or later physicians, had to dissect a person who died of dyspnea or asthma, a whitish hue to the tissue of certain lobes, which may have been hardened, would have been…
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  • Air pollution prompts UK health warning

    Respro UK Ltd
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:19 am
    Smog over parts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland has prompted a warning from Public Health Eng
  • Asthma.

    Winding River Herbs
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Asthma is a widespread disease and millions of people across the globe suffer from this ailment. In
  • Inner Peace...Achievable?

    inspiringyourspirit
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Achieving ‘Inner Peace’…What!, with all I have going on in my life, what with work, the kids, extra hours trying to learn new things, taking the kids to gym, dance, swimming lessons, looking after the dog, cat and goldfish, ego talking constantly to me to do better, work faster, loose weight etc…Chance would be a fine thing!……Does this or some of it resonate with you? Well, if it does; then you can achieve ‘Inner Peace’ but you have to make the effort to achieve it, it wont just happen overnight. You need to set yourself up to learn, you need to…
  • Your Favorite Personal Care and Cleaning Products Went to the Lab, and They Came Back With This

    Seriously "Sensitive" to Pollution
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:33 pm
    ∴ Take a deep breath (or maybe not) ∴ “This study found 156 different VOCs emitted from the 37
  • Commercial Properties and Mold Remediation

    shakennotstirredinla
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Black mold in motel In Montana, black mold is a big problem for commercial property owners and they often have to seek professional mold remediation. Water leaks and moisture from other sources gets into drywall, insulation, carpeting, and other porous material and mold spreads and develops. Black mold can cause all kinds of health problems and resulting law suits from sick workers and tenants.  Apartment buildings, restaurants, office buildings, and all kinds of commercial buildings require quick removal of mold. Black mold in a bathroom In many cases a visible inspection is all that is…
 
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  • Know the Relationship Between Vog and Asthma

    admin2
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Vog is a type of an air pollution which is formed when sulfur dioxide and the other gases that are emitted at the time of an erupting volcano react with the moisture and oxygen in the presence of sunlight.  The term is most commonly used in the area of the Hawaiian Islands. As a result of the combination of sulfur dioxide and the oxygen, sulphuric acid and other kinds of sulphates are formed.  It has been proved as a result of many studies that vog is dangerous.  It is infact so dangerous that it tends to trigger asthma attacks in asthma patients. The following is some more information…
  • The Best Ways to Minimize Indoor Allergies

    admin2
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:26 pm
    Allergies are not just caused outside the house but even at home. The tiny little allergens could be present anywhere and may trigger allergic reactions if you don’t stay away from them. Even at home, all possible efforts must be made to minimize allergies and this can be done by eliminating possible allergens from your surroundings. The following are some of the top ways to minimize indoor allergies: Managing Dust Mites One of the most common allergen present at home is a dust mite.  Dust mites are microscopic creatures which can be present on the bed, the upholstery and even in the…
  • How to Make your Home Pet Allergy Free: 8 Tips

    admin2
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Pet allergy refers to the allergies that arise as a reaction to the allergens found in the skin cells, saliva or urine of pet animals. The most common signs of the pet allergies include sneezing and runny nose while some may also experience wheezing and a trigger of asthmatic episode. People who suffer from these allergies but cannot live without the furry creatures can take many precautionary steps so as to make their home per allergy free. These steps aim at helping them reduce the risk of allergy triggers and limit exposure. Those who are allergic to the pets must try and make minimum…
  • All you need to know about Baby Food Allergies

    admin2
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Baby food allergy refers to the condition wherein the baby’s immune system has an adverse or bad reaction to a certain food component he/ she has consumed. It is like the immune system treats the food the baby is allergic to as an invader and hence launches an attack to protect the body from it. Studies have shown a rise in the percent of kids ((below the age of 12years) who have food allergies. The prevalence of food allergies in babies/ kids seems to growing at a faster rate in the western world. Further details about the common allergens, symptoms and all that you need to know about the…
  • Symptoms and How to Deal with Food Allergies in Babies and Toddlers

    admin2
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm
    When a child is allergic to food; the food comes to her/him like an invader first attacking the immune system. In some cases, the body will automatically make an antibody called IgE, which is a protein that detects the food causing the allergy and releases substances such as histamine to fight the allergy. Thereby, you can see the allergy symptoms; the intensity varies with children from mild to severe. The symptoms of food allergies can show up within few minutes or after 2-3 hours; you will see swelling like hives, breathing trouble or other bodily discomforts. Some also experience eczema,…
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  • Asthma Phenotypes: A Practical Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is a free full text editorial by the former WAO President, Richard Lockey, who teaches that “Asthma is the most treatable of all chronic diseases known to mankind.” Yet, outcome data from throughout the world indicate that the diagnosis and treatment of asthma are not optimal and need improvement. Why? Here are 4 reasons:- asthma is not thought of as a complex, heterogeneous disease or syndrome that consists of different phenotypes and endotypes- asthma is variable, particularly in its severity, and is influenced by known, unknown, avoidable, and unavoidable environmental factors-…
  • Omalizumab may have anti-inflammatory effects on small airways and reverse airway remodeling

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Omalizumab, a humanized anti-IgE monoclonal antibody, is an effective treatment for severe allergic asthma. This prospective, single-arm observational study, evaluated its effects on small airways and airway remodeling, in 26 adult patients with severe refractory asthma (48 weeks of omalizumab treatment). Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire scores and peak expiratory flow improved. Asthma exacerbations requiring systemic corticosteroids, fractional exhaled nitric oxide at 50 mL/s and alveolar nitric oxide levels, sputum eosinophil proportions, and airway-wall thickness as assessed by…
  • What are the diagnostic criteria for hypersensitivity pneumonitis (extrinsic allergic alveolitis)?

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Always think of HP in patients with a working diagnosis of asthma whose symptoms do not improve, and there are infiltrates on CXR. The terms hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) and extrinsic allergic alveolitis (EAA) are used interchangeably. Several different diagnostic criteria for HP have been proposed. All have problems that limit their utility, for example:- All were developed before the common use of high resolution CT scanning and bronchoalveolar lavage- Most apply only to typical, acute cases- No clear diagnostic criteria exist for subacute or chronic disease- All rely on the presence…
  • Green areas around homes reduce atopic sensitization in children

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Western lifestyle is associated with high prevalence of allergy, asthma and other chronic inflammatory disorders. ‘Biodiversity hypothesis’ suggests that reduced contact of children with environmental biodiversity, including environmental microbiota in natural habitats, has adverse consequences on the assembly of human commensal microbiota and its contribution to immune tolerance.This study analysed 4 cohorts from Finland and Estonia with 1,000 children and adolescents aged 0.5–20 yrs. The prevalence of atopic sensitization was assessed by measuring serum IgE specific to inhalant…
  • Small airway disease in asthma

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    Pathological abnormalities in the peripheral membranous bronchioles less than 2 mm in diameter (i.e. small airways) is found in asthma patients across a spectrum of severity including the 'difficult-to-treat phenotype'. So far no unanimously accepted method is available for small airway abnormality detection. Recent pharmaceutical developments have led to inhaler devices with smaller aerosol particles and systemic biologic treatments, enabling therapeutic drug delivery to the distal lung regions. References:Small airway disease in asthma: pathophysiological and diagnostic considerations.
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  • You’re not alone

    breathinstephen
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
    Feeling like shit right now? Is your asthma, COPD or other breathing disorder flaring up or bothering you more than usual? Were you searching the web for asthma related stuff as a way to cope with your own crappy breathing? Is that how you reached my blog? Well I can tell you that you’re not alone. I feel your pain, or should I say…I feel your shortness of breath.Breathlessness in any shape or form sucks. No matter how mild or severe it is, it’s pure torture, plain and simple. And right at this very moment there are probably millions of people just like you who are suffering…
  • When did my Asthma become COPD?

    breathinstephen
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Im a Respiratory Therapist who’s been in the field a long time, but I was a quite taken aback when my local Pulmonologist blurred out these sobering words… “Your COPD”, while assessing me on the ward last week. Specifically she said, “we need to find a way to better control your obstructive lung disease” so we can maybe prevent some of these hospitalizations. COPD?, since when did I switch from having asthma to COPD? When does one cross that arbitrary point in time where their asthma changes into something else? Ive always been labeled an asthmatic, so why…
  • SARP ends, but the research continues

    breathinstephen
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:53 am
    Though still in operation, the NIH funded Severe Asthma Research Program (SARP), which started 14 years ago, is now officially closed to new enrollees. Sadly, it looks like SARP will be the last large observational study of severe asthmatics, at least for the foreseeable future. The good news, is that there’s still a lot of valuable data being collected from the study and made available to researchers around the world to continue the fight. A huge thank you to Dr Wenzel and too all the other researchers for their continuing efforts in this field. In the meantime, there are still plenty…
  • Bass Guitar Blues

    breathinstephen
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:57 pm
    It figures. I have a hobby that I really enjoy that doesn’t require a lot of lung power, only to find out I have to cut way back or give it up all together. You see, musicians are athletes of sorts( especially bass players), and just like with most sports, repetitive motion can cause injuries. Well, instead of suffering leg or foot injuries from walking too much, Ive now developed a pretty nasty tendonitis from playing the bass too much. Doing things in moderation isn’t one of my stronger traits. As with all of my passions, I tend to overdo it. Im also one of those who…
  • The Wonderful Side effects of frequent asthma flares

    breathinstephen
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    Think a severe asthma exacerbation only effects your lungs? Check out the photos below. Each photo was taken appx 2-3 weeks after being discharged from the hospital after a serious asthma flare. Here are my legs 6 years ago when I was only averaging 1-2 serious hospitalizations per year. Still looking pretty good. ( nice calf muscles too) This photo was taken 2 years later in 2010 when I was averaging 2-3 serious exacerbations per year. This last one was taken just a couple of days ago. 23 hospitalizations after the first photo was taken. Talk about dry skin? Dehydrated? Perhaps, but…
 
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