Southeast Asia haze tied to hospitalization for breathing problems
(Reuters Health) - People are more likely to be hospitalized for respiratory disorders during the annual haze season in Southeast Asia, when densely polluted air hovers over the region, than at other times of year, a Malaysian study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

When It Comes to Breastfeeding, This Is Why Women Never Feel Like They ’re Right
There may be nobody as vulnerable to manipulation as a mother worried about her child’s health. The question of whether we’re doing right by our kids cuts straight to the maternal heart. The problem is that in this age of marketing vs. activism, we’re overwhelmed and paralyzed by the debates about what’s best. It’s not surprising, then, that there was an uproar when the New York Times reported on July 8 that the Trump Administration had tried to dilute a resolution at the World Health Assembly this spring that called on all nations to “protect, promote and support breastfeeding.” T...
Source: TIME: Health - July 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susanna Schrobsdorff Tags: Uncategorized breast milk breastfeeding Trump Administration WHO Source Type: news

Russian Company Brands Asbestos with Trump ’ s Face
The world’s largest producer of chrysotile asbestos is now marketing its signature product with President Donald Trump’s image, according to a recent Facebook post from the Russian mining company Uralasbest. On June 25, the company, which operates a giant asbestos mine in the Ural Mountains in Western Russia, posted photos of its asbestos on palettes wrapped in plastic and stamped with a seal of Trump’s face in red ink. A message of support for Trump and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt accompanied the photos. In an English translation provided by the Environmental...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 11, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Trial of anti-ageing drugs that rejuvenate immune system hailed a success
Most middle aged adults could benefit from a short term treatment to revitalise the immune system and organs that deteriorate with age, say researchersScientists have hailed the success of a clinical trial which found that experimental anti-ageing drugs may protect older people from potentially fatal respiratory infections by rejuvenating their immune systems.In a trial involving people aged 65 and over, those who received a combination therapy of two anti-ageing compounds reported nearly half the number of infections over the following year as a control group who received only placebos.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 11, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Layal Liverpool Tags: Science Ageing Medical research Immunology Biochemistry and molecular biology Health Source Type: news

ResMed, Google ’ s Verily ink sleep-apnea-focused joint venture deal
ResMed (NYSE:RMD) and Google (NSDQ:GOOG) life sciences company Verily said today they inked a new joint venture deal aiming to develop software solutions to improve diagnosis, treatment and care for sleep apnea and other breathing related sleep disorders. The new US-based joint venture will use sleep apnea knowledge from San Diego-based ResMed and Verily’s data analytics technologies in its pursuits, the companies said, and will operate as a separate venture from both ResMed and Verily. “The vast majority of people with sleep apnea don’t realize they have it, and therefore don’t ...
Source: Mass Device - July 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Respiratory ResMed Inc. Verily Source Type: news

Spikes in air pollution linked to rise in respiratory healthcare visits
Air pollution is clearly linked to peaks in admissions to hospitals and visits to primary care for certain respiratory conditions, according to a new study by UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 11, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Researchers identify new compounds to treat RSV, Zika virus
(University of Alberta) A new and promising class of chemical compounds has major potential for treating Zika virus and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, according to a new study by University of Alberta scientists. The next step is to develop a drug. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 11, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

GAFFI: Report on Global Fungal Infection Forum III
Tue, 07/10/2018 - 15:50News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - July 10, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Direct head injury caused by a tear gas cartridge. Questions on safety: a case report from Iraq and review of the literature - Alhillo HT, Arnaout MM, Radhi HS, Al-Dhahir MA, Moscote-Salazar LR, Hoz SS.
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND: Primary injuries from tear gas weapons include injuries to the visual and respiratory systems and skin. However, few studies have reported direct mechanical brain injuries from tear gas weapons. CASE REPORT: A 27-year-old male ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: TBI Source Type: news

A case of drug induced lung injury caused by levofloxacin eye drops - Hosogaya N, Toida K, Ishihara H, Kugiyama K.
A 78 year-old man, who received levofloxacin eye drops as a perioperative prophylactic antibacterial agent for cataract surgery, developed pyrexia and dyspnea, followed by respiratory failure. He was diagnosed as drug-induced lung injury due to levofloxaci... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is cephalexin?
Cephalexin oral capsule is a prescription medication that comes as the brand-name drug Keflex and as a generic drug. It's used to treat infections caused by bacteria. These include infections of the ear, skin, bone, throat, respiratory tract, and urinary tract. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacy / Pharmacist Source Type: news

Sleep Apnea Linked to Changes in the Brain in Older Adults
MONDAY, July 9, 2018 -- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with changes to the structure of the brain that are seen in the early stages of dementia, according to a study published online July 5 in the European Respiratory Journal. Nathan E.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Health Tip: Asbestos Tips For Homeowners
Title: Health Tip: Asbestos Tips For HomeownersCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/9/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/9/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - July 9, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Common Heart Drug Recalled In 22 Countries For Possible Cancer Link
(CNN) — A common drug used to control blood pressure and help prevent heart failure is being recalled in 22 countries because it contains a chemical that poses a potential cancer risk. Valsartan is off-patent and is used as a component of other generic medicines. Novartis, the company that originally developed the drug, said Sandoz valsartan and valsartan/HCT film-coated tablets are being recalled since they “do not meet our high quality standards.” Pharmacies in the UK are advised to recall valsartan batches containing medicines made by Dexcel Pharma Ltd and Accord Healthcare. The recall involves about 2...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Valsartan Source Type: news

Cystic Fibrosis
Title: Cystic FibrosisCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/6/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - July 6, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Onco-Transplant Infectious Diseases Fellowship Position
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - July 5, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Postdoctoral Fellow: Comparative genomics and metagenomic approaches in patients with cystic fibrosis colonized with Aspergillus fumigatus and treated with triazoles.
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - July 5, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Effectiveness of antifungals decreased by oncology drugs
Thu, 07/05/2018 - 14:10News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - July 5, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: MeganB Source Type: news

Health care utilization and the cost of posttraumatic acute respiratory distress syndrome care - Robles AJ, Kornblith LZ, Hendrickson CM, Howard BM, Conroy AS, Moazed F, Calfee CS, Cohen MJ, Callcut RA.
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is associated with prolonged mechanical ventilation and longer hospitalizations. The relationship between posttraumatic ARDS severity and financial burden has not been previously studied.... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Warming Climate, More AC -- and More Unhealthy Smog Ahead
Title: Warming Climate, More AC -- and More Unhealthy Smog AheadCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/3/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/5/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - July 5, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Telerehabilitation for Chronic Respiratory Disease Telerehabilitation for Chronic Respiratory Disease
Is a home-based telerehabilitation program as effective as traditional pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with chronic respiratory disease?BMC Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Age-related decline in antibiotic prescribing for uncomplicated respiratory tract infections in primary care in England following the introduction of a national financial incentive (the Quality Premium) for health commissioners to reduce use of antib
This journal article assesses the impact of the Quality Premium national incentive scheme on the rate of antibiotic prescribing. The results show that the number of patients prescribed antibiotics by their GP for common respiratory infections, for which antibiotics are generally not needed, decreased by 3% following the introduction of the national incentive scheme. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Respiratory Infections Team a novel paradigm in the management of community-acquired pneumonia
This shared learning outlines how a Respiratory Infections Team was developed at Royal Derby Hospital, comprising 3 specialist nurses supported by a respiratory consultant and antimicrobial pharmacist. Its aims were to review patients admitted to hospital and to improve concordance with NICE pneumonia guidelines. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sleep disorder linked with changes to brain structure typical of dementia
(European Lung Foundation) Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with changes to the structure of the brain that are also seen in the early stages of dementia, according to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pot Smokers Have More Respiratory Symptoms (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Lung disease risk among long-time users still unclear (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - July 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Aspergillosis Trust
Post date: 3 Jul 2018 - 9:38am (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - July 3, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Even Once-a-Week Pot Smokers Have More Cough, Phlegm
Title: Even Once-a-Week Pot Smokers Have More Cough, PhlegmCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/2/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/3/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - July 3, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine 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

Use of Palliative Care, Oxygen Therapy Increasing for COPD
Increase in use of formal palliative care services, long - term oxygen, but proportions still remain low (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - July 2, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

About 10 Percent of Youth Report Smoking Hookah
Living with a hookah smoker, co - use of mentholated or other flavored cigarettes predict frequent use (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - July 2, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Nursing, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Patient Engagement in Asthma Treatment Plans May Improve Quality of Life
In older adults with asthma, decision making scores positively correlated with QoL scores (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - July 2, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

A new side effect of synthetic cannabinoid use by the bucket (waterpipe) method: acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) - Yamanoglu A, Cakmak S, Celebi Yamanoglu NG, Sogut O.
The use and content of synthetic canibinden (SCs) has been rapidly increased in the last decades. The complex content of these substances bring along a wide spectrum of side effects. In addition to the expected neuropsychological side effects of pleasure-i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Novartis steps in to compete with Mylan ’ s Epipen
Adamis Pharmaceuticals (NSDQ:ADMP) said this week that it inked an exclusive deal with Novartis‘ (NYSE:NVS) Sandoz unit to distribute and commercialize its Symjepi emergency allergy treatment. The agreement puts Novartis in the position to compete directly with Mylan‘s (NSDQ:MYL) EpiPen auto-injector. The pharma giant has been under pressure in recent months thanks to manufacturing delays that have caused an Epipen shortage in the U.S. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Novartis steps in to compete with Mylan’s Epipen appeared fi...
Source: Mass Device - July 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Respiratory Wall Street Beat adamispharmaceuticals Novartis sandoz Source Type: news

Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis Network (CPAnet)
Mon, 07/02/2018 - 13:13News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - July 2, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

CPAnet
Link: CPAnet websiteContent-type: links (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - July 2, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

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

Supplemental antioxidants may reduce exacerbations in cystic fibrosis
(American Thoracic Society) An antioxidant-enriched vitamin may decrease respiratory exacerbations in people with cystic fibrosis (CF), according to new research published online in April in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nitric Oxide Cuts Kidney Injury After Long Cardiac Surgery
Reduced kidney injury, better kidney function seen after prolonged cardiopulmonary bypass (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 30, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Surgery, Critical Care, Journal, Source Type: news

Japan approves Inspire Medical ’ s obstructive sleep apnea neurostim device
Inspire Medical Systems said this week it won approval from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for its Inspire therapy system, now cleared to treat moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. The Inspire system is a closed-loop, pacemaker-like system designed to stimulate nerves to keep airways open during sleep to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Inspire Medical Systems said that it will pursue reimbursement in the country, with plans to launch the device in the second half of next year. “With this approval for our Inspire therapy, we are able to provide patients and physicians in Japan with a new al...
Source: Mass Device - June 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Regulatory/Compliance Respiratory Inspire Medical Systems Inc. Source Type: news

One Doctor & #039;s Hope for Better Patient Monitoring
Anyone who has ever been a hospital patient on a general care floor should be familiar with the standard vital check routine in which a nurse enters the room every four- to six-hours to chart your blood pressure and other vital signs to monitor your condition. But what if your condition suddenly deteriorates in between those routine checks? Is there a better way to monitor these patients? Ashish Khanna, MD, an anesthesiologist and researcher at the Cleveland Clinic believes there is. "The problem with that approach is that we are essentially seeing our patients at a snapshot of time and ignoring large chunks...
Source: MDDI - June 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Cardiovascular Tubing Source Type: news

Pulmonx wins FDA approval for Zephyr endobronchial valve
The FDA today granted pre-market approval under its breakthrough devices designation to the Zephyr endobronchial valve made by Pulmonx for treating severe emphysema. Emphysema, a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, causes irreversible damage to the lung’s alveoli, trapping air during exhalation that in turn can cause the diseased tissue to grow larger and pressure healthy lung tissue. The Zephyr device is designed to decrease the volume of the chest to improve function in the heart, respiratory muscles and healthy lung tissue. Inserted via bronchoscopy, the pencil-eraser-sized valves prevent air from ent...
Source: Mass Device - June 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Endoscopic / Arthroscopic Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Respiratory Pulmonx Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Causes of shortness of breath during pregnancy
Shortness of breath is a common problem during pregnancy. Doctors often attribute respiratory symptoms to the growing uterus pushing upward on the lungs and making it difficult to breathe. In this article, we look at several other potential causes. We also cover treatments and home remedies. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Study: Intrapleural Air Flow Can Enhance Mesothelioma CT Scans
Researchers in Australia believe they have discovered a simple way to enhance the accuracy of CT scanning for pleural abnormalities, potentially leading to better diagnostics for mesothelioma cancer. A research team from the University of Western Australia in Perth has shown the sensitivity of CT scans — used in the diagnostic process — can be improved by creating intrapleural air flow. The discovery stems from their six test cases of malignancies, including four patients with pleural mesothelioma. Chest Journal, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians, published the study in June. ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 29, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

A Negative APRV Trial in ARDS A Negative APRV Trial in ARDS
When should airway pressure release ventilation be used over low-tidal-volume ventilation for acute respiratory distress syndrome? Results of the latest trials are analyzed here.Medscape Critical Care (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - June 29, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Viewpoint Source Type: news

Higher doses of rifampin appear more effective in fighting TB without increasing risk of adverse events
(American Thoracic Society) Higher daily doses of rifampin, a cornerstone of tuberculosis treatment, killed more TB bacteria in sputum cultures, and the higher doses did so without increasing the adverse effects of treatment, according to a randomized controlled trial published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 29, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Financial incentives for GPs cut antibiotic prescribing
New figures show antibiotic prescriptions by GPs for common respiratory infections fell by 3% following the introduction of a national incentive scheme. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Combination of LABA + Inhaled Glucocorticoid Safe in Asthma
Also results in significantly fewer asthma exacerbations than inhaled glucocorticoid alone (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 28, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Health Care Technology Impacts Younger Patient Satisfaction
Younger health care consumers are dissatisfied with technology capability of health care organizations (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 28, 2018 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

Availability of Respiratory Care Services in Critical Access and Rural Hospitals (June 2018)
The purpose of this policy brief is to describe the availability of respiratory care services and respiratory therapists in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and in rural and urban Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Antidepressants may increase risk of death by 20 per cent for people with progressive lung disease
Serotonergic antidepressants increase respiratory-related adverse events for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, study suggests (Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - June 26, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news