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  • No need for needles when premature babies medicated with caffeine

    Respiratory / Asthma News From Medical News Today
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Empa researchers have developed a UV-activated membrane which releases a gentle dose of medication to the skin of a patient.
  • Genome sequenced of enterovirus D68 circulating in St. Louis

    Asthma News -- ScienceDaily
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    The genome of enterovirus D68 sampled from patients treated at St. Louis Children’s Hospital has been sequenced by researchers. Nationwide, the virus has spread rapidly in recent months and caused severe respiratory illness in young children, with some patients requiring hospitalization.
  • Asthma-Dementia Link A new study suggests adults with asthma have a higher risk of getting dementia.

    Asthma News
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    … with asthma  diagnosed between 2001 to 2003. For each person with asthma … rises with the number of asthma-related emergency department visits and admissions … outlined several possible things connecting asthma and dementia. One theory is … dementia compared to those with asthma not taking these medications. The …
  • Fifth period of respiratory therapy: How will it end?

    Respiratory Therapy Cave
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    So at the present time our profession finds itself amid the fifth period of respiratory therapy, whereby many wonder if cost cutting measures will result in our profession being cut.  While we used to be a pay for service department, we are now mainly just a service department.  And while our services are essential to ideal patient care, There are those who believe our services have out lived their usefulness. In many regards they are right.  For many years now our profession has sort of milked the system, as many of us find ourselves doing procedures that we know are…
  • Living Incurably on a budget, Part IV

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    livingincurably
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Not since Scarlett O’Hara tore down the curtains on the ruined plantation of Tara has such a clever wardrobe hack been pulled off.  I recently attended a special sale at my favorite local thrift store where you paid $10 for a bag and got to keep anything you could reasonably fit inside.  One of the many clothing items I crammed into my bag was this black skirt.  It’s mid-calf length with a cut that suggests a slightly full and swishy 1950s skirt. Now this is a party dress that I bought at H&M two years ago.  I love the sparkles but the skirt is way too short, even with…
 
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  • Genome sequenced of enterovirus D68 circulating in St. Louis

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    The genome of enterovirus D68 sampled from patients treated at St. Louis Children’s Hospital has been sequenced by researchers. Nationwide, the virus has spread rapidly in recent months and caused severe respiratory illness in young children, with some patients requiring hospitalization.
  • Breathe easier: Get your vitamin D

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Asthma, which inflames and narrows the airways, has become more common in recent years. While there is no known cure, asthma can be managed with medication and by avoiding allergens and other triggers. A new study points to a convenient, free way to manage acute asthmatic episodes -- catching some rays outside.
  • Adverse drug reactions in children following use of asthma medications

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Children's use of asthma medications may result in serious adverse drug reactions, a study concludes. The risk of adverse drug reactions is not fully documented in the pre-marketing clinical trials.
  • Enterovirus D68 expected to fade away into winter

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Late every summer and into every fall, enteroviruses bring a host of unpleasant ailments. This year, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has been making headlines for its potentially severe symptoms in children, causing some alarm among parents.
  • Peanut in house dust linked to peanut allergy in children with skin gene mutation

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    A strong link between exposure to peanut protein in household dust during infancy and the development of peanut allergy in children genetically predisposed to a skin barrier defect has been discovered by researchers.
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  • Asthma-Dementia Link A new study suggests adults with asthma have a higher risk of getting dementia.

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    … with asthma  diagnosed between 2001 to 2003. For each person with asthma … rises with the number of asthma-related emergency department visits and admissions … outlined several possible things connecting asthma and dementia. One theory is … dementia compared to those with asthma not taking these medications. The …
  • Allergy & Asthma Network Hails Major Victory For Students' Rights To Carry Medications At School

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    … . About Allergy & Asthma Network Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading … due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. Allergy & Asthma Network specializes … & Asthma Network 703-641-9595 gfitzgerald@aanma.org SOURCE Allergy & Asthma Network
  • Adult Asthma Linked to Higher Dementia Risk

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    … with asthma  diagnosed between 2001 to 2003. For each person with asthma … rises with the number of asthma-related emergency department visits and admissions … outlined several possible things connecting asthma and dementia. One theory is … dementia compared to those with asthma not taking these medications. The …
  • Low Vitamin D Tied to Asthma Attacks

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    … control flare-ups in people with asthma. Israeli researchers studied 308,000 … with an initial diagnosis of asthma. But inadequate levels were significantly … the incidence of recurrent asthma attacks. Worsening of asthma was indicated by the number of prescriptions for asthma medicine …
  • Lack of vitamin D could be linked to asthma attacks

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    … experiencing an asthma attack, a new study has suggested. Asthma is a … the onset of an asthma attack in asthmatic patients. They assessed the … 21,237 had asthma. It was found that asthmatics who had low … D and asthma, suggesting beneficial effects of vitamin D on asthma exacerbations …
 
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  • Fifth period of respiratory therapy: How will it end?

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    So at the present time our profession finds itself amid the fifth period of respiratory therapy, whereby many wonder if cost cutting measures will result in our profession being cut.  While we used to be a pay for service department, we are now mainly just a service department.  And while our services are essential to ideal patient care, There are those who believe our services have out lived their usefulness. In many regards they are right.  For many years now our profession has sort of milked the system, as many of us find ourselves doing procedures that we know are…
  • NIV proven useful for COPD, CHF, yet failure rates still high

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Noninvasive ventilation (NIV), either in the form of Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NPPV) or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), has been used in the critical care setting since the end of the 1980s, and is now commonly used in both Europe and the United States for the treatment of COPD exacerbatons and heart failure. Studies also show that NIV may significantly decrease work of breathing, either by improving minute ventilation (COPD) or by decreasing venous return to the heart (CHF), and thereby reducing the need for intubation to 15% (although it is as high as 38% in…
  • The fifth period of respiratory therapy: will our profession survive?

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The profession of respiratory therapy has traveled through four periods where there was a fear that our profession would disappear, and we survived them all.  We are at the current time amidst a fifth period where there is, once again, a raging fear that our profession will some day soon cease to exist. Will we survive this time around?First of all, it must be noted here that respiratory therapists are an integral part of the patient care team.  Respiratory therapists exit college with a knowledge base unique to any other medical professional.  Even in the 4th edition of his…
  • New website: asthmahistory.blogspot.com

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Over the past few years I've been off on an adventure through time to learn about the history of asthma.  A few months ago I started publishing what I learned on this blog.    This project has grown so large that I have decided to separate it from the RT Cave, and have created a new website called asthmahistory.blogspot.com. This is a history of asthma, and it's also a history of all diseases that cause difficult breathing, plus the history of inhalation and respiratory therapy. So, if you are in any way interested in learning what it was like to deal with difficult breathing…
  • Myth Buster: FiO2 less than 60% is safe

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    One of the myths of respiratory therapy is if we get the FiO2 down to 60% we are safe.  In fact, most of us were taught in school that an FiO2 greater than 60% produced more side effects than an FiO2 less than 60%. This apparently is a myth, and the following is the evidence:Register et al conducted a study with subjects under going open heart surgery, all of whom were breathing room air preoperatively  It was found that in subjects administered FiO2s of 0.50 postoperatively had a greater degree of hypoxemia on room air on postoperative day 2 than those given sufficient oygen to…
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  • Living Incurably on a budget, Part IV

    livingincurably
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Not since Scarlett O’Hara tore down the curtains on the ruined plantation of Tara has such a clever wardrobe hack been pulled off.  I recently attended a special sale at my favorite local thrift store where you paid $10 for a bag and got to keep anything you could reasonably fit inside.  One of the many clothing items I crammed into my bag was this black skirt.  It’s mid-calf length with a cut that suggests a slightly full and swishy 1950s skirt. Now this is a party dress that I bought at H&M two years ago.  I love the sparkles but the skirt is way too short, even with…
  • another update

    wscottling
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    ^_^ So, I went to a local Asthma and Allergy center today.  I brought my paperwork from the previous
  • CA - SFPD Needs Public’s Help In Locating Elderly Missing Man Foon Chen « CBS San Francisco

    Jim Sethman
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco police were asking for help in finding an 89-year-old man suf
  • What should I do to prepare for this Phoenix flu season? Featured by Allergy Associates and Asthma treating allergy and asthma in Phoenix at offices in Chandler, Mesa and Tempe, AZ. Call 480-838-4296.

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    28 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    What sort of flu season is expected this year? Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. Although epidemics of flu happen every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another. Will new strains of flu circulate this season? Flu viruses are constantly changing so it’s not unusual for new flu virus strains to appear each year. When will flu activity begin and when will it peak? The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal flu…
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    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
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  • Monoclonal antibody (AMG 157) against a new target in asthma, thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP)

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    What is TSLP?Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) is an epithelial-cell–derived cytokine that may be important in allergic inflammation. TSLP, which was discovered as a growth factor for lymphocyte progenitors, is a protein released from epithelial cells in response to irritating stimuli. It initiates signaling pathways leading to inflammation driven by type 2 helper T (Th2) cells. What is the immunology basis for TSLP effects?Cytokine receptors include the following types:- Type I (hematopoietin receptors - IL-3 and Epo)- Type II- IL-1 family receptors - they share Toll-like/IL-1 receptor…
  • Vitamin D 50,000 IU per week together with ICS or ICS/LABA improved FEV1 in asthma after 6 months

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This randomized trial included 130 patients with asthma aged 10 to 50 years from Iran during a 6-month period. Vitamin D was measured before, and 4 and 6 months after the intervention. Patients were divided in 2 groups randomly. Both groups received asthma controllers (budesonide or budesonide plus formoterol) according to their stage. The intervention group received vitamin D supplementation (100,000-U bolus intramuscularly plus 50,000 U orally weekly). FEV1 was significantly better in the intervention group after 6 months. The authors concluded that vitamin D supplementation associated with…
  • Only 15% of YouTube videos for asthma education discussed all steps of correct inhaler use

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    How to Use a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) (albuterol, Xopenex, Flovent, Symbicort, Dulera, Alvesco, Qvar) - CDC video:Only 15% of YouTube videos for asthma education discussed all steps of correct inhaler use http://buff.ly/1CrFusv - Our #WISC14 abstract. Are you going to the WAO International Scientific Conference 2014 (WISC) 2014? Share your abstract below in the comments section. http://www.worldallergy.org/wisc2014/The full WISC program is available online. It would be great to see you during any of the sessions I will participate in - see the list here: http://buff.ly/1CrGCMHAlso, I will…
  • Should all patients with asthma get the pneumococcal vaccine?

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Should all patients with asthma get the pneumococcal vaccine? The simple answer is yes, unless there are contraindications. The explanation is below. The CDC considers asthmatics at increased risk of pneumococcal disease and therefore have suggested that all asthmatics ages 19 to 64 receive pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax 23). The Pneumovax 23 package insert states that anyone who is at “increased risk” receive the vaccine. CDC recommendation is based upon a study that showed that asthmatics are at increased risk. CDC website states that asthmatics ages 19 to 64 receive the vaccine. What…
  • Top Asthma Articles for October 2014

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about asthma published recently:What is the best spacer? AeroChamber, toilet paper roll (?!), paper towel roll, rolled paper, plastic bottle spacer, bottle-holding chamber, nebulizer reservoir tubing? Paper towel roll was the best in this study: http://buff.ly/1jtRHCp Infant wheeze: Among children with 3-4 risk factors, 38% had asthma at school age http://buff.ly/1eHUs2qStudy: job strain is probably not an important risk factor for severe asthma exacerbations http://buff.ly/1eHVafVSevere refractory asthma: 2013 update in ERS (free full…
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