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We know air pollution contributes to disease; now a new study finds air toxicity also causes psychological stress
(Natural News) Studies have shown that air pollution can negatively impact our respiratory health, and researchers from the University of Washington (UW) have recently discovered another adverse side effect of air pollution. Toxic air seems to affect mental health, especially if there is a high level of particulates in the air. Anjum Hajat, an assistant professor of epidemiology... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Berg adder (Bitis atropos): an unusual case of acute poisoning - Wium CA, Marks CJ, Du Plessis CE, M üller GJ.
A 5-year-old boy presented to hospital with mild local cytotoxic and severe neurotoxic symptoms. The neurotoxic symptoms included ptosis, fixed dilated pupils and flaccid paralysis with respiratory failure. Mild hyponatraemia was also a clinical feature. A... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

Keeping our heads above water: a systematic review of fatal drowning in South Africa - Saunders CJ, Sewduth D, Naidoo N.
BACKGROUND: Drowning is defined as the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid, and can have one of three outcomes - no morbidity, morbidity or mortality. The World Health Organization African region accounts for ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Drowning, Suffocation Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates
On 11 December 2017, the National IHR Focal Point of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported one additional case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection. Detailed information concerning the case reported, a 39-year-old male residing in Hemma Region, Oman can be found in a separate document (see link below). The case is currently asymptomatic, is in home isolation in Oman, and is being monitored for the development of symptoms. 

 (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Windtree Therapeutics implements 1-for-20 reverse split
Windtree Therapeutics (NSDQ:WINT) said today that it implemented a 1-for-20 reverse stock split of its issued and outstanding common stock. The reverse split was approved in November by the holder of the majority of the company’s shares without a meeting of shareholders, according to the Warrington, Penn.-based company. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Windtree Therapeutics implements 1-for-20 reverse split appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - December 22, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Respiratory Wall Street Beat Windtree Therapeutics Source Type: news

Faculty Position in Fungal Pathogenesis
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 22, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: ROrritt Source Type: news

Boxed Warning Removed From Certain Asthma Medications: FDA
Title: Boxed Warning Removed From Certain Asthma Medications: FDACategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/21/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/22/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Asthma General)
Source: MedicineNet Asthma General - December 22, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Dietary Factors May Play Role in Preserving Lung Function
Apple, banana, tomato intake linked to slower decline in forced vital capacity in ex - smokers (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 22, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

British health agency backs endobronchial valves from Pulmonx, OIympus
Pulmonx and Olympus (TYO:7733) won a nod from a British health agency for the endobronchial valves they sell to treat severe emphysema. The U.K.’s National Institute for Health & Care Excellence updated its guidance for the valves, saying it considers the clinical evidence behind them sufficient to support routine use. The one-way valves, Pulmonx’s Zephyr and the Spiration device made by Olympus, are designed to partition diseased lung tissue from healthy tissue to improve respiratory efficiency. Redwood City, Calif.-based Pulmonx said the decision was based on data from a quartet of studies ...
Source: Mass Device - December 21, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Respiratory Olympus Pulmonx U.K. National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) Source Type: news

Obesity Tied to Greater Asthma Impairment in Preschoolers
But responsiveness to inhaled corticosteroids is not reduced for overweight/obese preschoolers (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 21, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Nursing, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Allergy, Emergency Medicine, Journal, Source Type: news

AstraZeneca wins FDA nod to remove boxed warning from asthma drug label
After reviewing results from trials involving more than 41,000 asthma patients, the FDA has agreed to remove the boxed warning of serious asthma-related outcomes for AstraZeneca‘s (NYSE:AZN) Symbicort product. Patients using Symbicort, which combines an inhaled corticosteroid and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist in a single inhaler, did not experience a significant increase in the risk of a serious asthma-related event, according to data from four clinical trials. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post AstraZeneca wins FDA nod to remove boxed warning from asthma drug l...
Source: Mass Device - December 21, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pharmaceuticals Regulatory/Compliance Respiratory Wall Street Beat AstraZeneca plc Source Type: news

A strategy of'delayed antibiotic prescribing' for respiratory infections may reduce antibiotic use
This review found that delayed antibiotic prescriptions reduced antibiotic use. It concluded that through the use of delayed prescriptions, both doctors and patients can learn to recognise the situations where antibiotics aren't needed. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heavy Particles in Smog Up Kids' Asthma Risk
Title: Heavy Particles in Smog Up Kids' Asthma RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/20/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/21/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Asthma General)
Source: MedicineNet Asthma General - December 21, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

ATS Foundation announces unrestricted research grants to improve respiratory health worldwide
(American Thoracic Society) The American Thoracic Society Foundation has announced that 16 researchers have been awarded unrestricted research grants totaling more than $1 million to advance pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine around the world. These one-year, $40,000 grants can be used to support basic science, patient-oriented, and public health research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Acid reflux associated with head and neck cancers in older adults
(JAMA Network) Acid reflux was associated with cancer of the respiratory and upper digestive tracts in older adults. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

LSUHealthNo contributes to 1st-of-its-kind study of upper aerodigestive cancers
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) Using data interpreted by LSU Health New Orleans' Louisiana Tumor Registry, a case-control study found for the first time that older people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are at higher risk for cancers of the upper respiratory and digestive tract. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New test shows when body is fighting a virus
(Yale University) A new test that measures RNA or protein molecules in human cells can accurately identify viral infection as a cause of respiratory symptoms, according to a Yale study. Performed with a simple nasal swab, the test could prove to be a quicker, cheaper way to diagnose respiratory viral illnesses than current methods, the researchers said. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Statins Improve Pulmonary Function in Subset of COPD Patients (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Meta-analysis sheds light on statin use in COPD (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - December 20, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Self - Reported Symptoms in Elderly Predict Readmission
Frail, elderly adults with shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, drowsiness more likely to be readmitted (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 20, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Switching Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Beneficial After ACS
Greatest benefit seen in patients with low on - treatment platelet reactivity (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 20, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Nursing, Pathology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Varenicline Use Tied to Elevated Risk for Cardiovascular Hospitalizations
The smoking cessation drug varenicline is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular hospitalizations, according to a self-controlled study in the American Journal of Respiratory... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Smoking cessation drug may increase risk of adverse cardiovascular event
(American Thoracic Society) Varenicline, one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for helping people quit smoking, may put them at higher risk for a cardiovascular event, according to new research published online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study Supports Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotics Over Broad-Spectrum Drugs for Kids with Acute Respiratory Infections
Broad-spectrum antibiotics — used increasingly for children with acute respiratory tract infections — are not more effective than narrow-spectrum antibiotics and can lead to more... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New ResApp data shows ~90 percent accuracy when diagnosing range of respiratory conditions
Brisbane, Australia-based ResApp is planning to re-do its big US trial soon, but in the meantime the smartphone respiratory diagnosis company is continuing to collect data in its native country. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

STEMI Patient Perceptions Impact Emergency Medical Services Use
Self - transport patients more likely to perceive EMS as slower, express concerns over resource use (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 19, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

RA Exposure In Utero Tied to Increased Disease Risk
Children exposed to maternal rheumatoid arthritis have higher risk of thyroid disease, epilepsy, RA (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 19, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gynecology, Neurology, Nursing, Pathology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Journal, Source Type: news

A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted
The N.I.H. will create expert panels to assess controversial research into creating pathogens that easily infect humans. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) Epidemics Influenza Avian Influenza SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institutes of Health Collins, Francis S Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Disease outbreak news for MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Connected Drug-Devices: Ensuring Device Longevity and Success
Adding connectivity and smart functionality to drug-delivery devices will inevitably have an impact on the use process for the patient (whether this is the intention or not), and there are very specific patient-device dynamics that need to be considered to ensure that the implementation of this technology is successful across all patient populations. It may be time that we reconsider our traditional risk-based human factors approach and update it for this changing technology landscape by taking a more holistic approach to usability. The Challenge It has been suggested that some of the key driving forces for developing conn...
Source: MDDI - December 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Katie Cornish Tags: Design Digital Health Source Type: news

UCLA researchers create skeletal muscle from stem cells
UCLA scientists have developed a new strategy to efficiently isolate, mature and transplant skeletal muscle cells created from human pluripotent stem cells, which can produce all cell types of the body. The findings are a major step toward  the development of a stem cell replacement therapy for muscle diseases including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects approximately 1 in 5,000 boys in the U.S. and is the most common fatal childhood genetic disease.The study, which was published in the journal Nature Cell Biology, was led by senior author April Pyle, associate professor of microbiology, immunology and molecul...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 18, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Zoll leads $59m Respicardia funding round
Respicardia said today it closed a $58.5 million financing round led by Zoll Medical to support commercialization efforts related to its Remede transvenous implantable neurostimulation system designed to treat patients with central sleep apnea. The Remedē system consists of a surgically placed battery pack and thin wires inserted into the blood vessels in the chest near the phrenic nerve, which it stimulates to engage the diaphragm to restore natural breathing during sleep and improve patient quality of life and satisfaction. The round was led by Zoll Medical and joined by all existing major investors, the Minne...
Source: Mass Device - December 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Respiratory Respicardia Zoll Medical Corp. Source Type: news

Research Assistant I/II in the School of Biological Sciences
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 18, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: ROrritt Source Type: news

Postdoc position in Clinical chemistry, microbiology and immunology
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 18, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: ROrritt Source Type: news

What is DIOS?
Discussion Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane receptor (CFTR). It is found in the epithelium of the bronchi, intestine, pancreatic duct and biliary tree. It regulates chloride, bicarbonate and water secretion. The heterozygous state helps prevent against secretory diarrhea, but the homozygous state causes thickened secretions in the hollow tubes of the lungs and digestive tract. There are multiple mutations (> 2000) which have been currently classified into classes depending on their protein production and activity. CF patients generally are l...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - December 18, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

2017 Medtech Company of the Year: Readers & #039; Choice
Each year, MD+DI’s editors gather to choose which company should be named the Medtech Company of the Year, and it’s always a heated debate. This year, we named nine finalists, but the decision to crown Abbott as our 2017 Medtech Company of the Year was unanimous. Our readers, however, had a different opinion. While MD+DI’s editors chose Abbott for its ability to rise above challenges, Bigfoot Biomedical was the favorite among our readership. The Milpitas, CA-based firm is amalgamating other companies’ hardware plus its own software and algorithms to craft an artificial pancreas for patients with dia...
Source: MDDI - December 16, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Jamie Hartford Tags: Business Source Type: news

Tips for Flying with a Baby
Katie Parker, CPNPFrom the desk of Katie Parker, CPNP   Over 93 million people travel over the winter holiday season.  Below are travel safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help keep your family safe while traveling!Tips for flying with a baby:*Babies tend to sleep more reliably at nighttime than they do during naptime travel after the first few weeks of life.  If you and your baby can sleep on the plane, a late-night flight may be the right way to go!*It is recommended that babies have their 2 month vaccinations prior to flying.Purchasing airline tickets:*Turbulence is the ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - December 15, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Safety Vaccination Information Source Type: news

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Katie Parker, CPNPFrom the desk of Katie Parker, CPNP   Over 93 million people travel over the winter holiday season.  Below are travel safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help keep your family safe while traveling!Tips for flying with a baby:*Babies tend to sleep more reliably at nighttime than they do during naptime travel after the first few weeks of life.  If you and your baby can sleep on the plane, a late-night flight may be the right way to go!*It is recommended that babies have their 2 month vaccinations prior to flying.Purchasing airline tickets:*Turbulence is the ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - December 15, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Safety Vaccination Information Source Type: news

Africa:Respiratory Diseases Linked to Seasonal Flu Claim Thousands of Lives Every Year - UN Health Agency
[UN News] Respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza takes up to 650,000 lives annually, according to new estimates released Thursday by the United Nations health agency and global partners. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 15, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Global Influenza Deaths May Be Underestimated
Seasonal influenza could be responsible for more respiratory deaths worldwide than previously estimated, according to a Lancet study. Researchers looked at rates of influenza-associated... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads Can Backfire on Kids
Title: Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads Can Backfire on KidsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/14/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/15/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - December 15, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Heavy-petroleum fuels raising vanadium emissions
(Duke University) Human emissions of the potentially harmful trace metal vanadium into Earth's atmosphere have spiked sharply since the start of the 21st century due in large part to industry's growing use of heavy oils, tar sands, bitumen and petroleum coke for energy, a new Duke study finds. These emissions now exceed those from all natural sources combined. Growing evidence suggests exposure to vanadium-rich aerosols can impair respiratory functions and exacerbate conditions such as asthma or COPD. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 15, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Coarse particulate matter may increase asthma risk
(American Thoracic Society) Children exposed to coarse particulate matter may be more likely to develop asthma and to be treated in an ER or be hospitalized for the condition, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Planning for seasonal demand in respiratory illness
Each winter, emergency departments experience a surge in respiratory attendances and emergency admissions for respiratory conditions double. It is therefore crucial to plan for this inevitable increase in demand so that patient flow is maintained. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu claim thousands of lives every year – UN health agency
Respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza takes up to 650,000 lives annually, according to new estimates released Thursday by the United Nations health agency and global partners. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Up to 650,000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year
Up to 650,000 deaths annually are associated with respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza, according to new estimates by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), WHO and global health partners. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Day - Care Centers Have More Allergens Than Homes
Findings show mite, mouse, cat, and dog allergens common in day - care centers (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 14, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Dermatology, Family Medicine, Nursing, ENT, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Allergy, Journal, Source Type: news

Stereotactic Body Radiation Can Cut Ventricular Tachycardia
Reduction from baseline of 99.9 percent in episodes of ventricular tachycardia in five patients (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 14, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Pathology, Pulmonology, Radiology, Journal, Source Type: news

As California fires rage, this device clears toxic smoke in any room in seconds, removing hazardous chemicals from the air
(Natural News) As wildfires continue to rage in California, toxic smoke is filling homes, apartments and businesses with airborne carcinogens that promote cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems like asthma. According to the UK Daily Mail, 1.6 million people have now been exposed to dangerous levels of smoke, adding that exposure “could be lethal for... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could the antifungal terbinafine be working through a dual action?
Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:21News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 14, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: BethBradshaw Source Type: news