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  • Scientists discover link between common medications and serious falls in older men

    Respiratory / Asthma News From Medical News Today
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Serious falls are more than twice as likely in older men who take medicines with anti-cholinergic properties - according to new research from the University of East Anglia.
  • Hair samples may offer new insights into the relationship between asthma, cortisol, and complications in pregnancy

    Asthma News -- ScienceDaily
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    Hair samples can be used to measure the effects of asthma on the cortisol levels of women during pregnancy, according to new research. This research also shows that levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone, tend to be lower among pregnant women with asthma than among pregnant women without the chronic, inflammatory lung disease.
  • Mike Holmes: We buy homes based on curb appeal

    Asthma News
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    … reason for the rise of asthma and allergies.
  • What not to say to end stage COPDers

    Respiratory Therapy Cave
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    Sort of a touchy subject for physicians is dealing with end of life issues. We respiratory therapists see this quite often, particularly when it comes to end stage COPD.  We have patients who are at the extremes of the limits of what medicine can offer them.  While we have to somehow manage to help them keep up their spirits and live somewhat normal lives, we also have to be honest with them. This subject was recently brought up at the facebook page when a patient wrote: "I'm a 66 yo just had my Dr tell me there is nothing else I can do or take to…
  • Will My Child Outgrow Their Asthma?

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    National Allergy
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm
    In 50-80% of children, asthma starts before the age of 5. When a #physician tells #parents that their child has asthma, one of the first questions the parents ask is “Will my child outgrow asthma?” #readmore #outgrowing #asthma
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  • What not to say to end stage COPDers

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    Sort of a touchy subject for physicians is dealing with end of life issues. We respiratory therapists see this quite often, particularly when it comes to end stage COPD.  We have patients who are at the extremes of the limits of what medicine can offer them.  While we have to somehow manage to help them keep up their spirits and live somewhat normal lives, we also have to be honest with them. This subject was recently brought up at the facebook page when a patient wrote: "I'm a 66 yo just had my Dr tell me there is nothing else I can do or take to…
  • When should you seek help for COPD?

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    The following post was originally published at on February 09, 2015.When to seek help for your COPDWhen you have COPD, your body sends off signals when things aren’t right inside you. If you experience any of these, it's time to seek medical help. Cyanosis. A gray or bluish tinge on your fingertips or lips is a sign that your oxygen level in your blood is low. Anxiety. When your body craves oxygen, or when you can’t catch your breath, it’s normal to feel anxious or panicked. Yet this may cause your body to become increasingly tense, making matters worse. Cough.
  • 6 ways to control asthma at work

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:32 pm
    The following was originally published at on September 18, 2014Managing Asthma At WorkAsthma can post a problem in the workplace, considering many jobs involve working with or near asthma triggers. But thanks to improved work environments and better asthma treatment, people with asthma can participate in various occupations without major troubles. Here are six tips for managing asthma at work.1. Get your asthma under control. This can be accomplished by seeing an asthma doctor at least once a year and taking your asthma controller medicine exactly as prescribed. Learn…
  • HEALButerol® will heal fractures

    26 Jul 2015 | 7:24 pm
    A new form of albuterol has been introduced to the market and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  This one is called HEALButerol®. Rather than just giving albuterol to open up the air passages that are already open, this provides physicians with a better choice.  The medicine diffuses into the bloodstream, seeps into bone material and causes fractured areas to rejoin and heal faster. The exact methodology is unknown, but a study showed that of 100 post op patients given HEALButerol® all eventually got better.  So this was indication enough to confirm that the…
  • Two types of lung sounds

    25 Jul 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Lung sounds are generally broken down into two types:Quantitative:  How much air movement is there? Normal (can hear air movement), diminisshed (can't hear much), absent (barely moving air)Qualitative:  How is it moving?  Is it moving through secretions (rhonchi), through junk in lungs (such as a tumor or object), or through obstruction (wheeze)
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  • Will My Child Outgrow Their Asthma?

    National Allergy
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm
    In 50-80% of children, asthma starts before the age of 5. When a #physician tells #parents that their child has asthma, one of the first questions the parents ask is “Will my child outgrow asthma?” #readmore #outgrowing #asthma
  • Opinion: Chicago's Abandoning Poor Kids To Preventable Health Risks

    Mason Johnson
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The views expressed on this page are those of the author, not CBS Local Chicago or our affiliated television and radio stations. Want to know the breadth of inequality in Chicago? Just take a look at the childhood injury risks across the city’s different neighborhoods. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago recently commissioned Internet marketing firm Digital Third Coast to create infographics detailing the different injury risks that children in Chicago face, divided by the different parts of the city — North, Northwest, West, Southwest, South and the Far…
  • The Water Cure

    Smith Family Resources
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:13 am
    I’m back with another glass of water and another excerpt from the very inspiring book, You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty! Today, I’d like to tell you about Water Cure which is explained in chapter 12 of the book.  The previous chapters discuss dehydration, thirst perceptions, and the effect of dehydration on every system of the body.  Here are just a few of the facts Dr. Batmanghelidj discusses before his explanation of the Water Cure. From chapter 1:  “The various signals or symptoms produced during severe and lasting dehydration have been interpreted by…
  • Brain Storming about a NEW Kind of BLOG!!! :D

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:02 am
    This will be the greatest blog in the history of blogs…people will be talking for decades to come…they will send our faces to Jupiter and broadcast our messages to….. Ya know what…that stuff MAY or MAY NOT happen. Point is, this blog will be like no other! THIS BLOG (are you ready?) will change your life. in the kitchen,you will be a vixen! in the bedroom,you will COOK! In the workplace YOU will be more in control, task driven, and tons more productive…WHY?? HOW?? Well,in case you weren’t paying attention…leme explain…YOU WILL HAVE HAD A…
  • Stagnant Summer Days on the Rise in U.S.

    Respro® UK Ltd
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Those long, hot, sultry days of summer, the ones where the air seems so still it wouldn’t disturb a
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  • Tips to Help a Patient with Asthma Attack

    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

    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

    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…
  • Fragrance Sensitivity and How to Deal with it

    18 Jun 2015 | 11:59 pm
    In case you are suffering from sensitivity to any fragrance, just know that you are not alone as large number of people faces the same problem. The fragrance sensitivity can cause various allergic reactions including asthma attacks in some people. It is impossible to always stay away from all types of scents, so it is best to know about how to deal with fragrance sensitivity. Identify the Fragrances you are Sensitive to In order to identify which fragrance you are allergic to, it is best to keep a journal to note down the place and the smell that caused a problem to you. A systematic record…
  • A Comprehensive Knowhow about Lanolin Allergy

    24 May 2015 | 11:29 pm
    The waxy or oily substance that is got from the sheep or other similar furry animals (it keeps the wool waterproof) is lanolin and when people having lanolin allergy comes in contact with wool or other products with lanolin they develop symptoms in the form of itchy skin rash. Lanolin is also found in lotions, ointments, make-up, furniture polish, ink, leather and cosmetic products. The Symptoms The predominant symptoms of lanolin allergy are painful skin rash, redness, swelling, and irritable nasal congestion. You may also face respiratory symptoms as well, especially if you have asthma. The…
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  • Assessment of Small Airways with Computed Tomography (CT) Leaves More to be Desired

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    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, M.D.
    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" Posted at Allergy Notes. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook.
  • Hymenoptera-induced anaphylaxis: absence of urticaria/angioedema indicates severe anaphylaxis and possibly mastocytosis

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Severe anaphylaxis in Hymenoptera venom allergy is associated with a number of risk factors including elevation of baseline serum tryptase (BST), older age, concomitant diseases, and concurrent medications, such as beta-blockers.This single-center study from Germany included 650 patients fulfilling the criteria for venom immunotherapy. 4 risk factors of severe anaphylaxis were identified:- elevation of baseline serum tryptase (BST)- absence of urticaria or angioedema during anaphylaxis- time interval of less than 5 minutes from sting to onset of symptoms- senior ageAbsence of…
  • How to do skin testing for tetracycline allergy?

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    What are tetracyclines?Tetracyclines are antimicrobial agents that have been in use since 1948. The chemical structure consists of four tetra- hydrocarbon rings with a “cycl” derivation.What type of reactions are caused by tetracyclines?Although classical hypersensitivity reactions are considered much less common than for beta-lactams and other antibiotics, tetracyclines have been implicated in both IgE- and T cell-dependent reactions such as fixed drug eruption, more severe reactions like DiHS and TEN, and reactions involving specific organs such as liver, lungs, and the central nervous…
  • Unmet needs for assessment of small airways dysfunction in asthma will hopefully be met by the ongoing ATLANTIS study

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    An estimated 300 million people suffer from asthma worldwide. Asthma inflammation affects the entire bronchial tree. The small airways, i.e. less than 2 mm diameter, can be affected by inflammation and remodelling. However, their contribution to asthma control and exacerbations has been minimally investigated. Small airways function can be assessed with invasive and non-invasive techniques, including physiological and radiographic testing, in addition to direct and indirect assessments of inflammation. These tests are usually only available in specialised chest clinics. Unfortunately, there…
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  • 23rd time’s a charm

    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

    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

    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.
  • $$$ Asthma is Expensive

    1 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
                                                                                     (Click to view the individual charges.) This is a bill for an 8 day hospital stay I had a few months back. In 2014 alone, my hospital and doctor bills for asthma exceeded $800,000. Since 1999 Ive racked up over $12 million dollars in medical bills to keep me going. But it’s not just hospital bills that account for the billions spend on the disease every year, patients with chronic asthma often have secondary conditions or develop complications from the drugs,…
  • Let’s build some Bridges

    22 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    As a Respiratory Therapist, Ive worked with the entire age range of asthmatics, from infants to adults, both in the hospital setting and out. As a health advocate, I try my best to educate the public, including health professionals, about asthma and the various aspects of living with a chronic lung disease in general. I’m embarrassed to say though, that I’ve never really given much thought about the prevalence of asthma in our public School systems and how it’s dealt with. This is a major short shortsightedness on my part because school-aged children represent the largest…
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