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Artificial lung dev Breethe raises $3m
Artificial lung developer Breethe raised approximately $3 million in an equity financing round, according to an SEC filing posted late last month. Funds raised during the round will cover the sales and issuance of Series Seed-4 preferred stock and the underlying common stock convertible from it, according to the filing. The Baltimore-based company is developing the Oxy-1 ambulatory artificial lung system which is designed for home use for patients who suffer from acute and chronic lung failure, according to its website. The system includes a portable pack, which contains the unit’s batteries, oxygen source and p...
Source: Mass Device - January 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Respiratory breethe Source Type: news

Pre - Op Accelerometry Can Assess Cardiopulmonary Fitness
Accelerometry variables correlate with cardiopulmonary exercise variables (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - January 2, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, Surgery, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

Fractional Exhaled NO Moderately Accurate to Diagnose Asthma
FeNO measurement performs better in diagnosing non - smokers, children, and steroid - naive patients (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - January 2, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

December 2017 Briefing - Pulmonology
(Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - January 2, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Pulmonology, Monthly Briefing, Source Type: news

How to Kick the Smoking Habit for Good
Title: How to Kick the Smoking Habit for GoodCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/1/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/2/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - January 2, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Beyond Naloxone: Providing Comprehensive Prehospital Care to Overdose Patients in the Midst of a Public Health Crisis
Providing comprehensive prehospital care to overdose patients Medic 3 arrives on scene to find a 36-year-old male patient supine on the living room floor. The patient is in respiratory arrest and fire department first responders are providing rescue breaths with a bag-valve mask (BVM). The patient has a bounding carotid pulse. A nasopharyngeal airway is placed in the patient’s left nares and the patient is ventilated easily with adequate bilateral lung sounds. The floor is bare wood and the patient is only wearing light undergarments. The ambient temperature in the room is approximately 55 degrees F. The patient&rsqu...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Simon Taxel, NREMT-P Tags: Patient Care Source Type: news

Calcium and vitamin D supplements not associated with lower risk of fractures
Evidence does not support the routine use of supplements in older people living in the community Related items fromOnMedica Vitamin D reduces respiratory infections but may increase falls for older adults Heart attack/stroke risks may outweigh benefits of calcium supplement Dietary calcium not linked to fracture risk Neither vitamin D nor exercise affect overall fall rates among older women A new focus on falls prevention (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Is qSOFA the ‘Holy Grail’ of Sepsis Research?
  The Research Dorsett M, Kroll M, Smith C, et al. qSOFA has poor sensitivity for prehospital identification of severe sepsis and septic shock. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017;21(4):489–497. The Science The authors reviewed the medical records, including the EMS report, of 152 patients arriving by EMS at a large urban ED and who were diagnosed with an infection (n = 71), sepsis (n = 38) or severe sepsis (n = 43). The records were examined for signs and symptoms that are components of a sepsis scoring scheme called quick sequential organ failure assessment (qSOFA), which could’ve been performed by the EMS provider...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP, FAEMS Tags: Patient Care Columns Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Head and neck cancer: Acid reflux may raise risk in seniors
A new study finds a strong association between acid reflux and cancers of the respiratory and upper digestive tracts in older adults. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer / Oncology Source Type: news

This test can detect when your body is fighting a virus
[Image from unsplash.com]A test that measures the RNA or protein molecules in human cells is also able to detect when your body is fighting a viral infection from respiratory symptoms, according to Yale researchers. The test involves a nasal swab and could be a faster and cheaper way to diagnose respiratory viral illnesses. “It’s a simpler test and more cost-effective for looking at viral infection,” Ellen Foxman, the study’s author and assistant professor of laboratory medicine at Yale School of Medicine, said in a press release. Get the full story on our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourci...
Source: Mass Device - December 29, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Diagnostics Research & Development MedTech respiratory infections viral infections Yale University Source Type: news

Asthma Worse for Overweight Preschoolers: Study
(Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 28, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Nursing, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Asthma, Nutrition, News, Source Type: news

Human Cold Virus Killed Chimpanzees
Five healthy chimpanzees in Uganda that died following a mysterious respiratory disease outbreak in 2013 were actually killed by a common human cold virus, scientists now say. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Human Cold Virus Killed Chimpanzees
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 -- Five healthy chimpanzees in Uganda that died following a mysterious respiratory disease outbreak in 2013 were actually killed by a common human cold virus, scientists now say. The deaths in the small chimpanzee community... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 27, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Plasma Volume Changes May Mediate Effects of Empagliflozin
Findings suggest reduced CV mortality risk mediated by effects on markers of plasma volume (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 26, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Nursing, Pathology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Survival Down With Ventricular Arrhythmia Early Post CF - LVAD
Findings from retrospective review of patients with contemporary continuous flow LVAD implantation (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 26, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Intraoperative Ventilation and Postop Respiratory Assistance Intraoperative Ventilation and Postop Respiratory Assistance
Review the postoperative care of patients undergoing general anesthesia and intraoperative use of mechanical ventilation in this article.BJA Education (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

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