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  • New test can diagnose asthma, even in the absence of symptoms

    Respiratory / Asthma News From Medical News Today
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Using just a single drop of blood, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has developed a faster, cheaper and more accurate tool for diagnosing even mild cases of asthma.
  • Study finds adverse respiratory outcomes for older people with COPD taking benzodiazepines

    Asthma News -- ScienceDaily
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    A group of drugs commonly prescribed for insomnia, anxiety and breathing issues 'significantly increase the risk' that older people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, need to visit a doctor or emergency department for respiratory reasons, new research has found. Benzodiazepines, such as Ativan or Xanax, may actually contribute to respiratory problems, such as depressing breathing ability and pneumonia, in these patients.
  • Asthma sufferer, 10, had to wait two hours for help

    Asthma News
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:14 am
    … 36 minutes. Mum-of-four Lisa says asthma sufferer Luke had been to … said he had had an asthma attack. Lisa said: “I just … have thought a child with asthma was. I had no money …
  • COPD Comorbidities

    Respiratory Therapy Cave
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Since the number of pre-existing co-morbidities in patient's with COPD is associated with increased hospital mortality, I thought I would make a list of some of the most common COPD co-morbidities, many of which are caused by increased inflammatory mediators in the circulation as a result of inhaling cigarette smoke.HypertensionDiabetesCoronary artery diseaseCongested Heart FailurePulmonary infections such as pneumoniaCancerPulmonary Vascular DiseaseAtrial FibrillationSkeletal Muscle wasting and cachexiaOsteoporosisNormocytic anemiaMetabolic syndromeDepressionConfusion and DementiaThere are…
  • AAFA Releases U.S. Spring Allergy Capitals™ Report

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    13 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
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  • Study finds adverse respiratory outcomes for older people with COPD taking benzodiazepines

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    A group of drugs commonly prescribed for insomnia, anxiety and breathing issues 'significantly increase the risk' that older people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, need to visit a doctor or emergency department for respiratory reasons, new research has found. Benzodiazepines, such as Ativan or Xanax, may actually contribute to respiratory problems, such as depressing breathing ability and pneumonia, in these patients.
  • Key to easy asthma diagnosis is in the blood

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Using just a single drop of blood, a team of researchers has developed a faster, cheaper and more accurate tool for diagnosing even mild cases of asthma. This handheld technology — which takes advantage of a previously unknown correlation between asthmatic patients and the most abundant type of white blood cells in the body — means doctors could diagnose asthma even if their patients are not experiencing symptoms during their visit to the clinic.
  • Enzyme revealed as promising target to treat asthma, cancer

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    An enzyme involved in the regulation of immune system T cells that could be a useful target in treating asthma and boosting the effects of certain cancer therapies, report scientists, citing results of a recent mouse study. By untangling the different effects of SKG1, researchers have advanced efforts to fine-tune immune responses in patients. "We're not suppressing or exacerbating the immune system, we're regulating it," the lead author noted. "We're regulating it to do exactly what we want it to do."
  • New epidemiology model combines multiple genomic data

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Data about DNA differences, gene expression, or methylation can each tell epidemiologists something about the link between genomics and disease. A new statistical model that can integrate all those sources provides a markedly improved analysis, according to two new papers.
  • '3-D' test could reduce reliance on animals for testing asthma and allergy medications

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    To determine whether new medicines are safe and effective for humans, researchers must first test them in animals, which is costly and time-consuming, as well as ethically challenging. Scientists now report that they've developed a simple, '3-D' laboratory method to test asthma and allergy medications that mimics what happens in the body, which could help reduce the need for animal testing.
 
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  • COPD Comorbidities

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Since the number of pre-existing co-morbidities in patient's with COPD is associated with increased hospital mortality, I thought I would make a list of some of the most common COPD co-morbidities, many of which are caused by increased inflammatory mediators in the circulation as a result of inhaling cigarette smoke.HypertensionDiabetesCoronary artery diseaseCongested Heart FailurePulmonary infections such as pneumoniaCancerPulmonary Vascular DiseaseAtrial FibrillationSkeletal Muscle wasting and cachexiaOsteoporosisNormocytic anemiaMetabolic syndromeDepressionConfusion and DementiaThere are…
  • Joe Goofus and the empty inhaler

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    I'm going to violate the patient confidentiality code and give you an update on our good friend Joe Goofus.  He's not informed enough to know about laws, so I'll take a risk here and assume I'm right.He has been showing up in the emergency room a lot recently, requiring me to give him a boatload of Ventolin, and the nurse to give him bursts of corticosteroids to open up his lungs.  The medicine works every time, although as soon as it's out of his system he's right back in the ER.It's frustrating, I'm telling you.  I educate him on how to care for his asthma, and it goes in one…
  • What is pulmonary wasting?

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    The following is from the COPD community at healthcentral.com.Your Question:  What is pulmonary wasting?My answer:  I believe what you're referring to is the wasting of muscles due to inactivity as a disease like COPD progresses. A significant reason for inactivity may be progression of the disease, which may be indicitive of incresased shortness of breath, decreased energy, and depression. Muscles that may become wasted are those used for walking, standing, and eventually breathing. This is one of the reasons why the medical community encourages all people diagnosed with COPD to…
  • Brief history of mesothelioma

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    If it wasn't bad enough that mesothelioma offers its victims a grim prognosis, even worse is that people knew that asbestos caused it and did nothing about it.In fact, while the public was made aware of this in 1980, asbestos manufacturers and distributors knew about it as far back as the 1950s, and "made a concerted effort to hide the dangers of asbestos from the public, while at the same time profiting heavily from the sale and manufacture of harmful asbestos products," according to mesothelioma.com.The cancer was first reported in the middle of the 19th century, although it wasn't…
  • Dementia now linked to cigarette smoking

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:36 am
    Several years back on this blog a study was discussed that proved a relationship with COPD and dementia.  I haven't seen much else on this subject until a March 3, 2014, post "COPD and Cognitive Loss," by Valerie Neff Newitt, at Advance: Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine.The article suggests that, if telling a patient that COPD is now the #3 cause of death isn't enough to convince them to quit smoking and make the necessary lifestyle changes necessary to improve lung function. The article is based on a recent study by the Mayo Clinic that confirmed the earlier findings, adding that,…
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  • AAFA Releases U.S. Spring Allergy Capitals™ Report

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    13 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    To say that winter has outlasted its welcome in much of the United States is an understatement, if j
  • Persistent Childhood asthma increases in Detroit

    drawingdetroit
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Michigan’s level of asthma is higher than the nation’s, and Detroit’s is higher than Michigan’s. This post examines this serious health issue by looking at the prevalence of childhood asthma in Detroit by zip code.  The data presented here was provided by the Michigan Department of Community Health. Each map shows a different type of asthma indicator, ranging from the number of emergency room visits to whether or not asthma medications were distributed. Each zip code, except for the ones where data was unavailable, showed evidence of childhood asthma in 2012. Certain zip codes showed…
  • Ana Dear.

    doneinsecret
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    So I’ve pretty much lost half an inch everywhere. I mean I lost half an inch off my stomach, my hips, my thighs, and my waist… I think that’s why I haven’t been noticing results. Because my proportions are all exactly the same but I am smaller and I have lost weight.  I am feeling more confident. I slipt up a few times and ate things I shouldn’t have but I worked out today to burn some calories. I’m still at 600 for my net calories but I guess that’s not too bad. I’ll keep it low this next week with classes and stuff. I’ll make my own…
  • Maternal Infection may lead to Asthma

    researchinitiative
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Common Colds during Pregnancy may lead to Childhood Asthma http://www.acaai.org/allergist/news/New/Pages/CommonColdsduringPregnancymayleadtoChildhoodAsthma.aspx Mother’s illness, allergen exposure may predict child’s risk of asthma and allergy ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (February 3, 2014) - Women that are pregnant may want to take extra precaution around those that are sniffling and sneezing this winter. According to a new study published today, the more common colds and viral infections a woman has during pregnancy, the higher the risk her baby will have asthma. The study, published in the…
  • Food Allergy Doubles amongst Black Children

    researchinitiative
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Food Allergy Nearly Doubles Among Black Children Papers show alarming increase and possible food allergy prediction http://www.acaai.org/allergist/news/New/Pages/FoodAllergyNearlyDoublesAmongBlackChildren.aspx ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 3, 2014) – Children’s food allergies are gradually increasing, but they may be as much as doubling among black children. According to a study published today in the March issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), self-reported food allergy nearly…
 
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  • Side Effects Of Using Asthma Inhalers

    admin2
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Asthma is an inflammatory disease which is caused in the airways of a person and is mostly chronic in nature.  It is marked by reversible obstruction of the airflow and some of its common symptoms include chest tightness, wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.  Out of the many possible treatment methods of asthma, the best and most common treatment is using asthma inhalers.   These inhalers are also called ashtalin inhalers and are also employed for treating bronchitis or any type of obstructive lung illness or disease.  While it is true that asthma inhalers definitely curb the…
  • Some Of The Common Asthma Triggers

    admin2
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways of humans which causes chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing. The exact cause of asthma is still unknown to all and even the symptoms may vary from one person to another.  The one thing that we do know is that an asthma attack is often triggered when the airways come in contact with something that is referred as an asthma trigger. When this trigger hits the airways, the airways tend to become narrow, get inflamed and get filled with mucus.  To identify and minimize asthma attacks and their frequency, one must be…
  • How To Test For Airborne Allergies

    admin2
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Many times we suffer from certain allergies but are unable to detect what exactly is the cause of that allergy. In such cases, we must never take the allergy and its cause lightly as it may aggravate and also prove to be life threatening.  In the case when you have an airborne allergy, it is even more important to know what exactly is causing your allergic reaction to trigger. By doing an airborne allergy test, you can confirm the trigger and avoid contact with it in the future. There are many airborne allergens like pollen, dust particles, air pollutants, trees, grass, cockroach droppings…
  • Top 8 Asthma Myths

    admin4
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:52 am
    Asthma affects so many families and tends to curtail so many activities that people are usually anxious to find out about effective remedies and means to control the condition. It is this very anxiety that makes people more likely to believe some of the myths that have come to be associated with asthma. We separate asthma fact from asthma fiction: 1. Asthma can be cured Asthma is not a curable condition no matter what product manufacturers say. It can only be controlled and managed to the best extent possible by medications, lifestyle alterations and diet changes. Even moving to a different…
  • Unlocking Garlics Potential

    admin4
    28 Jan 2014 | 1:06 am
    One of garlics nicknames is the stinking rose. Besides fighting off vampires, battling infections and deliciously seasoning food, this highly esteemed herb may also protect you against developing certain cancers. Edible Jack of All Trades Hippocrates proclamation let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food couldn’t be more apt than when looking at garlics dizzying array of uses as a cooking and flavouring agent as well as a medicinal plant. One present-day relevant benefit of garlic is its ability to treat infections that have become antibiotic-resistant. It’s also…
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  • Game App For Asthma Education: Wellapets Virtual Pet

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Wellapets app has a fire breathing dragon. The pet is part of a video game that aims to help children with asthma. When playing ‘Wellapets’ children must give their pet dragon a maintenance inhaler twice a day, just like many of them have to do in real-life. The game also aims to teach them to recognize symptoms and avoid asthma triggers like dust and smoke.Asthma Treatment Options in 6 Steps (click to enlarge the image).If the free asthma app is a success, the developers are looking at other games geared toward food allergies, diabetes, and childhood obesity.The game looks like fun,…
  • Sinusitis - top articles for April 2014

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about sinusitis for April 2014:The united allergic airway: Connections between allergic rhinitis, asthma, and chronic sinusitis (free full text) http://goo.gl/m4O9bRisk factors for chronic sinusitis in allergic rhinitis, from ENT perspective: infraorbital & frontal intersinus cells http://goo.gl/shthhLeft-sided maxillary sinusitis (absence of the air transparency of left maxillar sinus). Image source: Wikipedia, public domain.The management of nasal polyps can be quite complex. There are no known "natural remedies."…
  • Small airway involvement is present in all stages of asthmatic disease despite been referred to as 'silent zone'

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This review provides an update on the importance of the peripheral, small airways in asthma. As the small airways account for less than 10% of total airway resistance, thus having little impact on standard lung function measures such as forced expiratory volume and peak flow, they have been referred to as the 'silent zone'.Small airway involvement is present in all stages of asthmatic disease, and is related to important clinical phenotypes such:- nocturnal asthma- exercise-induced asthma- difficult-to-control asthma- patients with the risk of repeated asthma exacerbationsUncontrolled small…
  • Uvular Angioedema Due to ACE Inhibitor - NEJM

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Angioedema is a swelling that is similar to hives, but the swelling is under the skin instead of on the surface. In this NEJM case report, treatment with 6.25 mg of captopril was started 6 hours after cardiac stent placement, and 30 minutes after administration the patient reported difficulty swallowing and throat pain. The uvula was markedly edematous and erythematous:Uvular angioedema, or Quincke's disease, was diagnosed, and treatment with antihistamines and glucocorticoids was started. Improvement was rapid, and the edema completely resolved within 24 hours.Isolated uvular angioedema is…
  • 2014 #WorldAllergyWeek : Anaphylaxis is the most severe allergic reaction - see how you can prevent and treat it

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    #WorldAllergyWeek is an annual campaign by the World Allergy Organization (WAO) to feature a specific allergic condition. This year the topic is anaphylaxis.Join us during World Allergy Week 2014 and increase awareness of Anaphylaxis - When Allergies Can Be Severe and Fatal. There are many ways you can participate, see how: http://www.worldallergy.org/worldallergyweekA tweet a day, make #allergy go away! Here is my suggestion: post the following tweets to your Twitter account (you can change the URL if you want to):Anaphylaxis is a severe, whole-body allergic reaction to an allergen…
 
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