Artificial Lung Technology Treatment Normally Used For Lung Transplant Patients Saves Lives Of Critically Ill Flu Patients

In recent weeks the intensive critical care units at University Health Network's Toronto General Hospital have used Extra Corporeal Lung Support (ECLS) to support five influenza (flu) patients in their recovery from severe respiratory problems. ECLS systems are normally used at the hospital as a bridge to lung transplantation but increasingly, the hospital is using ECLS on patients where the usual breathing machines (ventilators) cannot support the patient whose lungs need time to rest and heal...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

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Source: Acta Crystallographica Section D - Category: Biochemistry Authors: Tags: ISG15 Myotis davidii severe acute respiratory syndrome papain-like proteases coronaviruses interferons research papers Source Type: research
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Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
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Source: Journal of Global Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
Authors: Mandil A, Bresee J, Tageldin MA, Azad TM, Khan W Abstract Infectious diseases continue to represent a significant threat to global health security, particularly in the context of increasing globalization, interconnectedness and interdependence. Chief among such threats are influenza viruses and other respiratory pathogens, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), because of their risk of high transmissibility and acuity of illness. Annual epidemics of seasonal influenza cause an estimated 3-5 million cases of severe illness and more than 500 000 deaths, with the prospect of pandemic...
Source: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal - Category: Middle East Health Tags: East Mediterr Health J Source Type: research
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Source: WHO Feature Stories - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: immunization [subject], vaccination, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza Source Type: news
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Source: Journal of Thoracic Disease - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Thorac Dis Source Type: research
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Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news
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Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: UMP. 012 Source Type: research
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Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
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