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  • Young adults born preterm may live with lungs of elderly, study finds

    Respiratory / Asthma News From Medical News Today
    2 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Unexpected findings suggest more research is needed to assess needs of these patients as they seek medical care as adultsAdult survivors of preterm births may have a lung capacity that resembles...
  • Augmenting a gas naturally in our bodies fights RSV infection

    Asthma News -- ScienceDaily
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    Hydrogen sulfide, a gas produced naturally within our bodies, reduces the severity of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, a new study shows for the first time. When someone has a RSV infection, his or her body is less able to produce the protective hydrogen sulfide. The study found that a drug that triggers a steady release of this gas decreases the virus's ability to multiply and reduces inflammation of the airways.
  • Controlling and managing asthma is key to live a normal life

    Asthma News
    2 May 2015 | 10:11 pm
    … World Asthma Day theme is "You can control your asthma." Asthma … ;According to the Global Asthma Report, asthma usually develops during early childhood … awareness about asthma. The first myth is that an asthma patient has … cinema heroes are living with asthma. An asthma patient is as fit …
  • 50-200 A.D. The four (or five or six) schools of medicine

    Respiratory Therapy Cave
    2 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    By 50 A.D., or about the time of the Roman invasion of Britain in 55-60 A.D., the Dogmatic School had competition from other schools originating in ancient Greece:Rationalism/ Humoralism/ Dogmatism:  They basically followed the ideas of Hippocrates.  They attempted to rationalize diseases and made up theories to explain them.  Their main theory was that health was maintained by a balance of the four elements of Empedocles (fire, earth, air and water) and the four humors of Hippocrates (blood, phlegm, yellow bile, black bile). They basically believed diseases were caused by…
  • When Allergies Attack

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    smiley1864
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    I didn’t get my morning walk in today. I woke up at 0500 and felt terrible. Yesterday I raked some leaves after days of rain, so not only were they covered in pollen, but also probably mold and mildew from all the rain. My throat started hurting me at about 1400 yesterday afternoon. Having asthma, I have to keep my activity minimal when I have allergy problems, or else I cannot breathe. I decided today will be my splurge day since I typically go out to eat with my family on Saturdays. Maybe the 5 miles I walked yesterday will be enough for today too. :p
 
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  • Augmenting a gas naturally in our bodies fights RSV infection

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    Hydrogen sulfide, a gas produced naturally within our bodies, reduces the severity of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, a new study shows for the first time. When someone has a RSV infection, his or her body is less able to produce the protective hydrogen sulfide. The study found that a drug that triggers a steady release of this gas decreases the virus's ability to multiply and reduces inflammation of the airways.
  • Understanding the body's response to worms and allergies

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    Scientists are a step closer to developing new therapies for controlling the body's response to allergies and parasitic worm infections.
  • Scientists discover asthma's potential root cause and a novel treatment

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    For the first time, scientists have identified the potential root cause of asthma and an existing drug that offers a new treatment. The team used mouse models of asthma and human airway tissue from asthmatic and non-asthmatic people to reach their findings.
  • Genetic variance explains poor response to common asthma medications

    21 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    Researchers have identified a biological basis for asthmatic children who do not respond well to corticosteroid treatment -- currently the most effective treatment for chronic asthma and acute asthma attack. The study also identifies a genetic pathway that could open the possibility of new therapies for difficult-to-treat patients.
  • How Twitter can help predict emergency room visits

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Researchers analyzed asthma-related tweets, along with data from air quality sensors, to successfully predict how many asthma sufferers would visit the emergency room on a given day. "We realized that asthma is one of the biggest traffic generators in the emergency department," an author said. "Often what happens is that there are not the right people in the ED to treat these patients, or not the right equipment, and that causes a lot of unforeseen problems."
 
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  • 50-200 A.D. The four (or five or six) schools of medicine

    2 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    By 50 A.D., or about the time of the Roman invasion of Britain in 55-60 A.D., the Dogmatic School had competition from other schools originating in ancient Greece:Rationalism/ Humoralism/ Dogmatism:  They basically followed the ideas of Hippocrates.  They attempted to rationalize diseases and made up theories to explain them.  Their main theory was that health was maintained by a balance of the four elements of Empedocles (fire, earth, air and water) and the four humors of Hippocrates (blood, phlegm, yellow bile, black bile). They basically believed diseases were caused by…
  • 9 B.C.: The first mouth to mouth respirations

    1 May 2015 | 6:18 pm
    This painting from the early 1920s depicts Elisha after he gave mouth to mouth breaths to revive a Shunamite boyMouth-to-mouth breathing was a technique that must have been trialed from time to time by ancient physicians as a last ditch effort to save a life. When it was first attempted will forever remain a mystery, although the first known description of it appeared in the Bible in the Second Book of Kings. Elisha was born in 9 B.C. When he was a young man he met the prophet Elijah and became his faithful disciple. Elijah at this time was a very old man: he was something like 841 or 821…
  • Why is a normal SpO2 98%?

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Question:  Why is a normal oxygen saturation 98% and not 100%?Answer:  After the diffusion of oxygen from the alveoli to the capillary occurs, this oxygenated blood moves to the pulmonary vein to the left atrium.  This blood contains a PaO2 of 104, on average.  This blood constitutes 98% of cardiac output.  Another 2% of the cardiac output comes from the bronchial veins, and this blood has a PaO2 of 40.  This unoxygenated blood is shunted into the pulmonary vein, and mixes with arterial blood.  It is because of this natural shunt that a normal saturation is…
  • Ten COPD Triggers

    28 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    The following was originally published on January 26, 2015, on healthcentral.com/copd10 COPD Triggers To Be Aware OfOne of the best methods of controlling COPD is to learn what triggers your flare-ups and how to avoid or control them.  Here are some of the more common COPD triggers. 1. Cigarette Smoke.  Avoid it at all costs.  Do not smoke and quit if you do!  Do not allow others to smoke in your home.  Do not visit people who smoke.  Cigarette smoke is THAT bad.  2. Other Smoke.  Smoke from wood stoves, fireplaces, and…
  • Understanding Asthma Action Plans

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    The following was originally published on May 27, 2014, at healthcentral.comAsthma Action Plan StepsMost asthma experts recommend every asthmatic have an asthma action plan, sometimes called an asthma management plan.  It’s a plan you work on with your doctor to determine what action you should take to manage your asthma both long and short term.  Asthmatic air passages have some degree of chronic (it’s always there) inflammation. This makes your lungs hypersensitive, or over sensitive, to certain asthma triggers in the world around you. To learn more about asthma triggers check…
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  • When Allergies Attack

    smiley1864
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    I didn’t get my morning walk in today. I woke up at 0500 and felt terrible. Yesterday I raked some leaves after days of rain, so not only were they covered in pollen, but also probably mold and mildew from all the rain. My throat started hurting me at about 1400 yesterday afternoon. Having asthma, I have to keep my activity minimal when I have allergy problems, or else I cannot breathe. I decided today will be my splurge day since I typically go out to eat with my family on Saturdays. Maybe the 5 miles I walked yesterday will be enough for today too. :p
  • It's been a while!

    sophiedoyle16
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    I have no excuse for not posting other than I completely forgot my password and I’ve never had a great memory. After having what can only be described as the bumpiest 6 months I’ve had in a long time, I can safely say I am back on track and getting in as much walking as possible, enlisting the help of my very good friends who are helping me and pushing me all the time.  Edit My official training plan starts in a week, where I’ll alternate walking and going to the gym until my challenge starts, this is where it starts getting more tough! Research on the Inca…
  • Common Asthma Steroids Linked to Side Effects in Adrenal Glands

    MaryO
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
    (Reuters Health) – After stopping steroids commonly prescribed for asthma and allergies, a significant number of people may experience signs of malfunctioning in the adrenal glands, a European study finds. So-called adrenal insufficiency can be dangerous, especially if the person’s body has to cope with a stress like surgery, injury or a serious illness, the study authors say. “The takeaway message of the study is that in corticosteroid use there is a substantial risk of adrenal insufficiency,” senior author Dr. Olaf Dekkers, an endocrinologist at Aarhus University in…
  • ALMOST took out the nebulizer (but didn't!)

    jenwilliamshi
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:55 am
    I saw it all over the news, I even saw it on my Instagram – the VOG (volcanic smog) was going to be bad this weekend. ASTHMA SUFFERERS BEWARE.  Sebbie has really been exempt from any asthma since we started using Doterra oils,  so I forgot to even check on her. But out of nowhere she suddenly started wheezing and her cough progressed so quickly (like, within 5 minutes) that I was ready to rummage around for some steroid and albuterol vials.  But first, I oiled her up. I diffused breathe and frankincense and laid her next to it. I put breathe on her feet and covered them…
  • Dying with Dignity: One Woman's Willful Journey into Death

    rehadlock
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:15 pm
    The following video documents the final days of a woman who opted for physician-assisted suicide in 2010. Seventy-four year old Michele Causse Deriaz, a resident of Toulouse, France traveled to Switzerland with her partner and a friend in order to die on the day of her birth, July 29th. Michele’s story is very intriguing; She speaks bluntly, even joyfully, on the subject of her death and has strong yet simple views on the topic of Dying with Dignity. Michele volunteered for cameras to follow her in the days leading to her scheduled death and to be present as she chose to take a lethal…
 
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  • Top 6 Natural Treatments for Bronchial Asthma

    admin2
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Bronchial asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways which results in periodic attacks of coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and tightness in the chest. The allergies in the case of bronchial asthma are strongly related to chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps and middle ear infections. There are many medical ways to treat bronchial asthma but even simple home remedies can do the cure. The following is a list of the 6 natural or home remedies that can work to reduce the effect of bronchial asthma. Ginger Research has found that ginger can help to reduce the airway inflammation and…
  • 5 Ways to Use Herbs to Replace Asthma Medicine

    admin2
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Asthma is a respiratory disorder which is characterized by inflammation and constriction of the air passages. Some of the common symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing, difficulty in breathing; tightening sensation in the chest etc. asthma is usually triggered by allergens, cold air, emotional stress and even viral illness. While it is true that there are many over the counter methods available to treat asthma but there are also many natural cures or herbal remedies that can have a positive impact.  The following are the 5 herbs which can be used to replace asthma medicine. Ma…
  • Know the Relationship Between Vog and Asthma

    admin2
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:44 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 | 10:41 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 | 9:35 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…
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  • Asthma pathogenesis and new drugs for treatment - BMJ State of the Art Review

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Asthma affects more than 300 million people worldwide. Of these, 10-15% have severe asthma, which is refractory to commonly available drugs. New drugs are needed because those that are currently available cannot control symptoms and exacerbations in all patients and can cause adverse reactions. In the past 10 years, advances in asthma genetics, airway biology, and immune cell signaling have led to the development of small molecule therapeutics and biologic agents. Several new classes of asthma drugs have been evaluated in randomized controlled trials:- ultra long acting beta agonists-…
  • Lung Sound Analysis Predicts Airway Inflammation in Patients with Asymptomatic Asthma

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    The expiratory-inspiratory ratios of sound power in the low-frequency range (E-I LF) from 36 patients with asymptomatic asthma were compared with those of 14 healthy controls (here is the study link).The mean E-I LF was higher in the patients with asthma and with increased sputum eosinophils than in those patients without increased sputum eosinophils (0.45 vs 0.20) or in the healthy controls (0.25). Sputum eosinophil ratio and exhaled nitric oxide were independently correlated with E-I LF. For the prediction of increased sputum eosinophils and increased fractional exhaled nitric oxide levels,…
  • Questionnaire-based tool to recognize small airways dysfunction in asthma (SADT) is in development

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    In this preliminary research from The Netherlands, the authors aimed to develop a small airways dysfunction tool (SADT) to identify asthma patients having small airways dysfunction. SADT was based on interviews and pulmonary function tests.Asthma patients with and without SAD were interviewed (10 interviews, 2 focus groups). Patients were selected to participate in this study based on FEF50% and R5-R20 values from spirometry and impulse oscillometry. Patients with small airways dysfunction reported to wheeze easily, were unable to breathe in deeply, mentioned more symptoms related to…
  • Allergic conjunctivitis: What are the new treatments?

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Even Higher Concentration Olopatadine (Pataday (TM))A newer higher concentration (0.77%) version of topical olopatadine is investigated vs. legacy versions of lower concentrations (0.2% and 0.1%) of olopatadine. Ocular itch was reduced for the higher concentration. Currently, most drugs are marketed as lasting up to 16 hours. By increasing the bioavailability of olopatadine, the new version of this drug could extend to 24 hours (the original marketting for Pata-DAY was supposed to imply once a DAY efficacy) . Treatment options for allergic conjunctivitis (eye drops) (click here to enlarge the…
  • Urticaria Activity Score (UAS)

    Ves Dimov, M.D.
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    Consensus guidelines from the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, Global Allergy and Asthma European Network, European Dermatology Forum, and World Allergy Organization (EAACI/GA2LEN/EDF/WAO) recommend using a direct well-established scale such as the Urticaria Activity Score (UAS), which evaluates the main disease characteristics (itch, presence, and number of wheals) on a Likert-type symptom intensity scale (0 to 3), with a total daily score ranging from 0 to 6.  The UAS has been used in numerous controlled clinical trials and in daily clinical practice. It was…
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  • PFTs Du Jour

    breathinstephen
    1 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    For those interested, here are my latest spirometry results from last weeks SARP follow-up visit at UCSF last week. It’s kind of a bad-good-bad then good again story. Starting with the not so good news… my initial FEV1 was only 28% (.83 liters) this time. That’s down 4 percentage points from last years visit. The good news, is that my obstructed airways reversed by a whopping 38% after just 4 puffs of Albuterol, raising my FEV1 to 39%. This moved me out of the severe category into just the severe category…..lol. Not great, but I’ll take it! There was no further…
  • 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…
  • 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…
 
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