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Safety Risks of Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces and Similar Cultural Practices?
Discussion Amber is fossilized tree resin that is prized for its beautiful colors from deep brown to caramel, yellow, green or even white. It is promoted for its “healing properties” although there is not scientific evidence that supports the many potentiated mechanisms of these properties. One of the most consistent is that amber contains succinic acid which proponents believe is absorbed through the skin and is a pain reliever. Succinic acid was actually first purified from amber in 1546 by a German chemist. Succinic acid in humans is an important part of the Krebs cycle and acts as an important metabolite in...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 27, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Know When Airway Discomfort is Indicative of Something Serious
Discussion Coughing is a normal response that protects the airway. Typically, when an irritant enters the airway, the body responds by drawing in a quick breath and then closes the glottis as the air is forced out. This increases the pressure in the airways, which helps move the irritant out of the air passages. As the air is forced out past the closed glottis, the recognizable coughing sound is made. A cough that persists for several days or increases in its intensity and frequency can be a sign of a serious condition. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - February 26, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dennis Edgerly, EMT-P Tags: Airway & Respiratory Columns Source Type: news

Prehospital Ventilation is in the Bag with Proper Technique and Appreciation
As a 16-year-old observer on the ambulance with my father, I wasn't allowed to ventilate unconscious patients, but I watched and learned a great deal by just observing how they used their "football," an early Puritan Manual Resuscitator (PMR) bag-valve mask (BVM). They nicknamed it the "football" not just because it was brown and resembled a football, but because it was easier to tell the firefighters or police officers assisting them to "go get the football" than "go get the BVM." I was curious why my dad placed rolled towels or a blanket under the patient's shoulder blades and neck...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - February 26, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: Airway & Respiratory Columns Source Type: news

Health Officials To Decide If The U.S. Should Get 3 MMR Shots Instead Of 2
This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. Like us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your story: scopestories@huffingtonpost.com.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotics used to treat cystic fibrosis increases risk of permanent hearing loss
A powerful class of antibiotics provides life-saving relief for people with cystic fibrosis; however, a new study for the first time reveals the levels at which high cumulative dosages over time significantly increases the risk of permanent hearing loss in these patients. The study suggests physicians who treat patients with cystic fibrosis may be able to consider alternative strategies for treating the symptoms of respiratory infections associated with CF. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 25, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

$ 20 Million Awarded for Quality Payment Program Training
Up to an additional $ 80 million to be invested into training program over remaining four years (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 25, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Rheumat Source Type: news

FDA Expands Use of PCT Test to Guide ABX Use in Respiratory Infections FDA Expands Use of PCT Test to Guide ABX Use in Respiratory Infections
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

Did the nerve agent VX kill Kim Jong Nam?
Last night Malaysian authorities announced that they identified the nerve agent VX taken off the face of Kim Jong Nam, who was murdered on February 13 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. As the History Channel video above indicates, nerve agents are potent acetylcholinesterase inhibitors that utilize the same mechanism as organophosphate insecticides such as parathion. Conceptually, the effect of VX exposure is simple: wherever in the body acetylcholine acts as a neurotransmitter, nerve agents cause unregulated, chaotic activity. There are generally 3 such sites: muscarinic sites: connections between ner...
Source: The Poison Review - February 24, 2017 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical assassination Kim Jong Nam Kuala Lumpur International Airport malaysia murder nerve agent North Korea VX Source Type: news

Do You Need an Antibiotic?
Proteins in nasal mucus might reveal if respiratory infection is caused by virus or bacteria, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antibiotics, Bacterial Infections, Viral Infections (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fruit, Vegetable Consumption Linked to Lower Risk of COPD
In current smokers, each extra daily serving tied to an 8 percent lower risk (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 24, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

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
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
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
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
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