Butter Flavoring Maker Wins Case Of Alleged Lung Injuries From Microwave Popcorn

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa on Aug. 20 issued an official judgment enforcing a jury verdict in favor of popcorn manufacturers and determined that they were not liable for injuries that a couple claimed were caused by exposure to diacetyl and pentanedione, which are chemicals used to make artificial butter flavoring in popcorn (David Stults, et al. v. American Pop Corn Company, et al., No. 11-4077, N.D. Iowa).
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Recurrent granulation tissue or anastomotic stenosis cause major morbidity for patients undergoing lung transplantation. Common therapeutic options include bronchoscopic interventions (BI) like surgical debridement, cryotherapy, LASER coagulation, balloon bronchoplasty and stent placement. Small institutional experiences have suggested efficacy of endobronchial brachytherapy (EBB) for recurrent post-transplant bronchial stenosis (PTBS) which has an anti-inflammatory effect similar to it's use for keloids or heterotopic ossification.
Source: Brachytherapy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
Publication date: 2018 Source:Respiratory Medicine Case Reports, Volume 25 Author(s): Pradnya D. Patil, Samir Sultan, M. Frances Hahn, Sreeja Biswas Roy, Mitchell D. Ross, Hesham Abdelrazek, Ross M. Bremner, Nitika Thawani, Rajat Walia, Tanmay S. Panchabhai Patients under consideration for lung transplantation as treatment for end-stage lung diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) often have risk factors such as a history of smoking or concomitant emphysema, both of which can predispose the patient to lung cancer. In fact, IPF itself increases the risk of lung cancer development by 6.8% to 20%. Solid organ ma...
Source: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
We report a case 57-year-old male patient with double lung transplant secondary to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis presented with shortness of breath after vertebroplasty. CTA chest showed thin dense opacities within the bilateral pulmonary arteries consistent with pulmonary cement embolism. The patient was treated with therapeutic enoxaparin and remained stable at one year follow up.
Source: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
We describe a patient with acute exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis supported by ECMO for 403 days while waiting for a LTx. In this case, we kept the patient awake, and he was communicating frequently with his family. We changed the membrane oxygenator 23 times and the cannula 10 times without complication. However, we terminated the treatment on day 403 of ECMO because there was no access site for cannula insertion due to blockage by a venous thrombotic occlusion, making it impossible to continue this bridge to lung transplantation. It has become possible to maintain patients on ECMO for extended periods of tim...
Source: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusions ECMO as BTT has led to encouraging perioperative outcomes and early survival. Careful patient selection and early use of ECMO seems to allow for preservation of vitality while these critically ill candidates await donor organs, which may improve outcomes.
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Conclusions Preoperative functional independence and maintenance of employment are associated with superior long-term outcomes in lung recipients. The results highlight potential benefits of pretransplant functional rehabilitation for patients on the waiting list for lungs.
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a frequent complication in lung transplant recipients (LTRs). Clinical risk factors for IA have not been fully characterized, especially in the era of extensive antifungal prophylaxis.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Clinical Science Source Type: research
We examined safety and long-term outcomes of intravenous treprostinil administered via the implantable LENUS Pro ® pump in patients with severe pulmonary hypertension (PH).
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Clinical Science Source Type: research
The Fried frailty phenotype is associated with morbidity and mortality in lung transplant (LTx) candidates, but its clinical application and association with post-transplant outcomes are not well defined. We aimed to assess two alternate frailty indices in LTx candidates and evaluate associations of frailty with early post-transplant outcomes and one-year mortality.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Clinical Science Source Type: research
Interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) are a heterogeneous entity of diffuse parenchymal lung diseases characterised by damage of the parenchyma as a result of varying patterns of inflammation and fibrosis [1]. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a specific subgroup of ILDs and has a devastating prognosis [2] with a median survival time of 2–3 years [2–4]. Pirfenidone (Esbriet) and nintedanib (Ofev) were approved for IPF treatment, showing a stabilisation of the disease [5, 6], and are the treatments recommended by international guidelines [1]. Nintedanib was shown to increase the risk of bleeding events in ...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Original Articles: Research letters Source Type: research
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