Gala Therapeutics launches RheOx chronic bronchitis trial
Gala Therapeutics said today that it launched an early feasibility study of its RheOx system for treating chronic bronchitis, and that the first two patients in the trial have already been enrolled. Initial patient enrollment took place at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, with RheOx bronchial rheoplasty procedures performed by Dr. Frank Sciurba and Roy Semaan, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company said. “We are pleased to partner with Gala in treating the first US patients and thus continuing the contribution of UPMC as a leader in the development of novel devices for our patients with COPD. RheOx off...
Source: Mass Device - November 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Respiratory galatherapeutics Source Type: news

How a New Emphysema Device Won FDA Approval in Six Months
FDA has approved a new device intended to treat breathing difficulty associated with severe emphysema. The approval comes just two weeks after an FDA advisory panel shot down a competing technology targeting the same patient population. The agency approved Pulmonx Inc.'s Zephyr endobronchial valve through the breakthrough device designation, a pathway reserved for devices that provide for more effective treatment or diagnosis of a life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating disease or condition. Devices also must meet one of the following criteria: the device must represent a breakthrough technology; there must be no app...
Source: MDDI - July 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Reference Equations for Spirometric Indices Reference Equations for Spirometric Indices
Spirometric measurements from a sample of adult Nigerians provides updated reference data for interpreting pulmonary function test results.BMC Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Pulmonary function test findings in patients with acute inhalation injury caused by smoke bombs - Cao L, Zhang XG, Wang JG, Wang HB, Chen YB, Zhao DH, Shi WF, Xie LX.
This study aimed to determine the effects of smoke bomb-induced acute inhalation injury on pulmonary function at different stages of lung injury. METHODS: We performed pulmonary function tests (PFTs) in 15 patients with acute inhalation... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 14, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Osmosis Question of the Week July 29, 2016 Osmosis Question of the Week July 29, 2016
Do you know what pulmonary function test findings to expect in a 67-year-old man who is out of breath? Osmosis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Med Students Interactive Quiz Source Type: news

Lung disease in smokers who don’t have COPD
This study affirms that these people can experience serious health consequences, even without COPD. This finding also brings into question how we should classify chronic respiratory disease. So far, we haven’t determined a way of classifying those who have symptoms but don’t quite meet the usual criteria for COPD, and we also don’t have much data or guidance on how best to treat them. In the meantime, quitting smoking remains the best way to lower your chances of getting COPD — and the best way to lessen any respiratory symptoms you’re having. Most smokers who stop will feel better, with less ...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - June 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Wynne Armand, MD Tags: Health Lung disease Smoking cessation COPD Source Type: news

Solving Addison’s puzzle: Uncovering a congenital heart defect
Addison is a smart, sweet and caring child who brings a smile to everyone she meets. She is known for her hugs and frequently doles them out to anyone and everyone. She loves elephants—and her heart is elephant-sized! However, until last fall, Addison’s heart was causing mysterious and persistent medical issues that prevented her from doing all the things she loves. Unbeknownst to my husband and me, Addison was born with a congenital heart defect. As a baby, Addison thrived but always seemed to have something going on. She had issues with reflux and did not enjoy tummy time or sleeping on her back. Waking sever...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 21, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Kristine Hogan Tags: Heart conditions Our patients’ stories cardiac surgery congenital heart defect congenital heart disease Heart Center Source Type: news

Hot Topics: COPD Tests and Treatment Planning
(MedPage Today) -- How do pulmonary function test results influence treatment in COPD? (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - November 19, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Finally, Some Good News!
Sarepta’s 120 week stability data on both the six minute walk test, as well as, pulmonary function is good news. (Source: Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy)
Source: Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy - February 10, 2014 Category: Neurology Source Type: news