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FDA Expands Use of Procalcitonin Test to Help Guide ABX Use FDA Expands Use of Procalcitonin Test to Help Guide ABX Use
The Vidas Brahms PCT assay can help determine whether antibiotic treatment should be started or stopped in cases of lower respiratory tract infections and stopped in cases of sepsis.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 24, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

Do You Need an Antibiotic?
FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 -- Hoping to lessen their misery, most people would like to know whether the respiratory illness they've got could be helped by an antibiotic. The key to finding out may lie in your nose. Or, more specifically, the mucus in... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 24, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Can an Apple a Day Keep COPD Away?
Title: Can an Apple a Day Keep COPD Away?Category: Health NewsCreated: 2/23/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/24/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - February 24, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Cyberattacks Remain Serious Threat to Health Providers
Processes, technology should be boosted against cyberthreats, which are becoming more sophisticated (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 24, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pathology Source Type: news

NIH begins Phase I trial of DS-Cav1 to treat respiratory syncytial virus
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US has begun the Phase I clinical trial (VRC 317) of an investigational vaccine DS-Cav1 for the treatment of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - February 24, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA clears test to help manage antibiotic treatment for lower respiratory tract infections and sepsis
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared the expanded use of the Vidas Brahms PCT Assay to help health care providers determine if antibiotic treatment should be started or stopped in patients with lower respiratory tract infections, such as community-acquired pneumonia, and stopped in patients with sepsis. This is the first test to use procalcitonin (PCT), a protein associated with the body ’s response to a bacterial infection, as a biomarker to help make antibiotic management decisions in patients with these conditions. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - February 23, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

FDA Clears Test to Help Manage Antibiotic Treatment for Lower Respiratory Tract Infections and Sepsis
February 23, 2017 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared the expanded use of the Vidas Brahms PCT Assay to help health care providers determine if antibiotic treatment should be started or stopped in patients with lower respiratory... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 23, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

20th Symposium on Infections in the Immunocompromised Host
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017Year: 2018Location: Hotel Divani Acropolis, Athens, GreeceContent-type: current_conferences (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - February 23, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Faculty Position: Translational Researcher – Assistant, Associate or Full Professor Level
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Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - February 23, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

MRI Can Be Safe for Patients With Older Pacemakers, ICDs
However, strict procedures need to be followed (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 23, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, Radiology, Journal, Source Type: news

Can an Apple a Day Keep COPD Away?
See which fruits, veggies may be linked to lower risk of lung disease in smokers, study suggests (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 23, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Pulmonology, Nutrition, Preventive Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Five-a-day of fruit and veg is good, but '10 is better'
Conclusion This research supports the idea that the more fruit and veg you eat the better – at least, up to 10 portions (800g) a day. It also suggests the number of people who die early might be reduced if they were to eat more than the current recommended guideline daily amount. However, before we take this at face value, there are some important considerations: There are likely to be many confounding factors that may have affected the results. It might be that people who eat a lot of fruit and veg are also more likely to be physically active, consume less alcohol, not smoke and be a healthy weight...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Heart/lungs Cancer Medical practice Source Type: news

GlaxoSmithKline, Innoviva tout data for Relvar Ellipta inhaled drug combo
GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) and Innoviva (NSDQ:INVA) touted data today from a non-inferiority lung function study evaluating its inhaled, once-daily corticosteroid/long-acting beta2 agonist combination therapy in patients with asthma. The study showed that patients with well-controlled asthma could switch from the twice-daily Seretide Accuhaler to the companies’ once-daily Relvar Ellipta therapy without compromising lung function. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post GlaxoSmithKline, Innoviva tout data for Relvar Ellipta inhaled drug combo appeared first on MassDe...
Source: Mass Device - February 23, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Clinical Trials Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Respiratory Wall Street Beat GlaxoSmithKline plc Innoviva Source Type: news

Fatal drownings in Fiji - Murray K, Carter P.
Drowning is a newly comprehended public health concern in Fiji. Defined as "the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersions or immersion in liquid," drowning has been identified as one of Fiji's 5 leading causes of death for those aged ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Drowning, Suffocation Source Type: news

Health Information Theft a Pressing Concern for U.S. Patients
44 percent of U.S. adults are worried about having their personal health care information stolen (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 23, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Source Type: news

Can an Apple a Day Keep COPD Away?
See which fruits, veggies may be linked to lower risk of lung disease in smokers, study suggests (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 22, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Pulmonology, Nutrition, Preventive Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Respiratory syncytial virus vaccine enters clinical testing
NIH-led trial to evaluate RSV vaccine ’s safety in healthy adults. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - February 22, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Must-watch: video showing murder of Kim Jong Nam
Discussion on toxicology discussion boards have brought up the following possibilities: Tetramine: Tetramethylenedisulfotetramine (TETS) is a rat poison that has been banned since 1984 but which — according to Wikipedia — is still used in China. It is a white powder that is slightly soluble both in water and DMSO, a solvent that could accelerate dermal absorption. TETS is a neurotoxin that acts as a GABA antagonist causing refractory status epileptics, coma, and death. There is no specific antidote. Aconite: This plant poison is used in several Chinese herbal medicines.Aconite is a sodium channel opener, ...
Source: The Poison Review - February 22, 2017 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical assassination Kim Jong Nam Kuala Lumpur International Airport malaysia murder North Korea Source Type: news

Dr. Daniel Spyker, Former FDA acting Deputy Division Director of...
NDA Partners Chairman Carl Peck, MD, announced today that Dr. Daniel Spyker, PhD, MD former Acting Deputy Director in the FDA CDRH Division of Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Neurological Devices and...(PRWeb February 22, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/02/prweb14083870.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - February 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

' I Wish It Were Otherwise': Doc to Doc on End-of-Life Care
(MedPage Today) -- In-depth discussion with Ronald Epstein, MD (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - February 22, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Acute respiratory distress syndrome and chemical burns after exposure to chlorine-containing bleach: a case report - Shin HJ, Chang JS, Ahn S, Kim TO, Park CK, Lim JH, Oh IJ, Kim YI, Lim SC, Kim YC, Kwon YS.
We describe the case of a 74-year-old female who presented with sh... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Respiratory syncytial virus vaccine enters clinical testing
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A Phase 1 clinical trial to test the safety and tolerability of an investigational vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has begun at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The trial also will assess the vaccine's ability to prompt an immune response in healthy adult participants. The investigational vaccine was developed by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of NIH. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

BMJ: Trump Administration Worrying for Science, Health Policy BMJ: Trump Administration Worrying for Science, Health Policy
The BMJ joins hundreds of scientific and medical organizations that have expressed concern about the Administration's potential effect on science and medicine.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pulmonary Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pulmonary Medicine Headlines - February 22, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Cresemba
Post date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 15:46Medical images: Antifungal drugs for aspergillosis›IsavuconazoleImages (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - February 21, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Consultant - Infectious Diseases
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Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - February 21, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Different medicines for 'wet' and 'dry' coughs are a ploy
All common coughs have the same cause and can be treated with just one medicine, according to Professor Alyn Morice, a respiratory expert based at the University of Hull. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

There's Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic Kids
Title: There's Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic KidsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/20/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/21/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Asthma General)
Source: MedicineNet Asthma General - February 21, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

There ’ s Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic Kids
High humidity in indoor pools can also help keep airways open and prevent attacks, doctor says (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 20, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Asthma, Sports Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Blog: Providing coordinated care for complex needs
Working collaboratively with other local teams ensures joined-up care for patients with long-term conditions.You must sign in to continue reading this articleHide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - February 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: aharrold Tags: Men ' s health Women Care of older people Family health Cancer Diabetes Gastrointestinal Mental health Professional Respiratory care Editor s pick Featured Articles Source Type: news

Mould and Bacteria Found in Medical Marijuana
Mon, 02/20/2017 - 16:37News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - February 20, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

PhD position: Studies of the effect of antifungal therapy on the airway microbiome in asthma
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Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - February 20, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

There's Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic Kids
MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 -- Safe, healthy fun for kids with asthma may be as near as the neighborhood pool, one respiratory specialist says. Staying active can be a challenge for the more than 6 million children with asthma in the United States, noted... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 20, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, finds major global study
Vitamin D supplements protect against acute respiratory infections including colds and flu, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The study provides the most robust evidence yet that vitamin D has benefits beyond bone and muscle health, and could have major implications for public health policy, including the fortification of foods with vitamin D to tackle high levels of deficiency in the UK. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - February 20, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

What Causes Hyperammonemia?
Discussion Reye’s syndrome (RS)is named for Dr. Douglas Reye who along with Drs. G. Morgan and J. Baral described encephalopathy and fatty accumulation and degeneration in children in a 1963 Lancet article. RS usually affects children but can occur at all ages. All organs can be affected but the liver and brain are primarily affected causing liver failure and encephalopathy as toxic metabolites (especially ammonia) accumulate, and intracranial hypertension and cerebral edema occurs. As the ammonia levels begin to rise (> 100 mg/dL) patients lose their appetite, have nausea and emesis and mental status changes whic...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 20, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

“Did I Hear You Correctly? The Organism Identified Was Corynebacterium diphtheriae?”
Diphtheria is a bacterial infection caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae and is primarily transmitted from person to person through close physical and respiratory contact; disease can involve almost any mucous membrane and is classified depending on the anatomic site of infection. Diphtheria is an acute, toxin-mediated disease whose occurrence is characterized by periodicity and epidemic waves, with a high incidence and mortality. Once one of the leading causes of childhood death, global diphtheria incidence declined approximately 70% through implementation of widespread vaccination programs. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - February 18, 2017 Category: Microbiology Authors: Betty A. Forbes Source Type: news

ALung raises $2.6m
Artificial lung-like device developer ALung Technologies raised $2.6 million in a new round of debt and options financing, according to an SEC filing posted this week. The Pittsburgh, Penn.-based company is developing the Hemolung device, an extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal system that works by removing carbon dioxide and delivering oxygen directly to a patient’s blood via a small catheter inserted into the jugular or femoral vein. ALung Technologies has not yet stated how it plans to spend money raised in the round. Money in the round came from 37 unnamed sources, with the company seeking another $1.4 mill...
Source: Mass Device - February 17, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Respiratory ALung Technologies Inc. Source Type: news

Insulin Use Tied to Gestational Diabetes Risks: French Cohort Insulin Use Tied to Gestational Diabetes Risks: French Cohort
Risks, including neonatal respiratory distress and cardiac malformations, were only moderately raised, said researchers who also weighed in on the best delivery time to minimize stillbirth.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - February 17, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Babies with gut yeast may be at risk of asthma
A new study suggests a fungus known as Pichia - found in babies' guts - may increase the risk of developing childhood asthma, if acquired in early life. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Respiratory / Asthma Source Type: news

Heart, Lung Problems May Not Always Need ICU Care
Study finds no difference in death rates, but higher costs for intensive care for some patients (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 17, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Cardiology, Nursing, Pulmonology, News, Source Type: news

Improved Cookstoves Boost Health and Forest Cover in the Himalayas
Women and children are the primary victims of indoor air pollution in poor, rural areas of India. Credit: Athar Parvaiz/IPSBy Athar ParvaizDARJEELING, India, Feb 17 2017 (IPS)Mountain communities in the Himalayan region are almost entirely dependent on forests for firewood even though this practice has been identified as one of the most significant causes of forest decline and a major source of indoor air pollution.Improper burning of fuels such as firewood in confined spaces releases a range of dangerous  air pollutants, whereas collection of firewood and cooking on traditional stoves consumes a lot of time, especial...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Athar Parvaiz Tags: Africa Climate Change Development & Aid Energy Environment Featured Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Cookstoves Deforestation India Indoor Air Pollution Source Type: news

How to Control Mold, Avoid Allergies
Limiting moisture in the home is key, specialists say (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 16, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Nursing, Pulmonology, Asthma, Allergy, Preventive Medicine, News, Source Type: news

[Perspective] Fighting the enemy within
The dynamic microbiota that populate all human body surfaces affect health and disease in complex and often subtle ways. At the same time, human gastrointestinal and respiratory tract microbiota are the reservoirs for most of the human pathogens that cause invasive bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance in such pathogens has dramatically increased in recent years, resulting in infections that are much more difficult to treat (1, 2). To counter this rise, research and development efforts must target not only new broad-spectrum antibiotics, but also decolonization agents that disrupt the major endogenous reservoirs of a...
Source: ScienceNOW - February 16, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Evelina Tacconelli Tags: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Vitamin D May Protect Against Respiratory Infections Vitamin D May Protect Against Respiratory Infections
According to a new meta-analysis, vitamin D supplements may help protect against cold and influenza, particularly in people who are vitamin D deficient.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Vitamin D linked to lower risk of respiratory infections
HealthDay News There's preliminary evidence that adequate amounts of vitamin D might help lower rates of respiratory infections. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Add vitamin D to food to prevent colds and flu', say researchers
Conclusion This was a systematic review and meta-analysis investigating the use of vitamin D supplementation as a way of preventing acute respiratory tract infections such as flu, bronchitis and pneumonia. The study found vitamin D supplementation to be useful in the prevention of acute respiratory tract infection. People who are very deficient in vitamin D and those receiving daily or weekly supplementation without additional large one-off doses had a larger benefit. This study has both strengths and limitations. It is very well designed and includes high-quality evidence. The researchers made efforts to reduce the risk ...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Medication Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Medical News Today: New evidence that vitamin D prevents respiratory infections
Whether vitamin D supplements reduce the risk of acute respiratory infections is a hotly debated topic. A new meta-analysis swings in vitamin D's favor. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Respiratory / Asthma Source Type: news

Does Vitamin D Lower Respiratory Infection Risk? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Meta-analysis authors say'yes,'but other experts are skeptical (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - February 16, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Vitamin D Linked to Lower Risk of Respiratory Infections
But medical experts can't agree if recommending supplements or food fortification would be helpful Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Acute Bronchitis, Common Cold, Vitamin D (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news