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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lactic acid bacteria can protect against Influenza A virus
Lactic acid bacteria, commonly used as probiotics to improve digestive health, can offer protection against different subtypes of influenza A virus, resulting in reduced weight loss after virus infection and lower amounts of virus replication in the lungs, according to a study led by Georgia State University. Influenza virus can cause severe respiratory disease in humans. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - December 14, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

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

UA experts: Valley fever cases see major spike in November
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) An uptick in reported cases of Valley fever indicates a likely sharp increase in infections next year. At the same time, federal clearance for a rapid assay test developed with assistance from the University of Arizona should help reduce delays in diagnosing the respiratory fungal disease caused by spores found in area soils. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers develop mouse model to study Pteroptine ortheovirus
(PLOS) In the past decade, the first cases of respiratory tract infection caused by bat-borne Pteropine ortheovirus (PRV) have been reporting in humans. To help shed light on the clinical course of PRV infection, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have now used a mouse model of the infection to study its virulence, pathology and pathogenesis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 14, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Self-taught breathing retraining improves quality of life for people with asthma
The self-taught technique has similar impact on quality of life to training given by a physiotherapist Related items fromOnMedica NICE produces first ever GP asthma guidance Over 55 age group most likely to have asthma flare-ups Yoga may relieve asthma symptoms and boost quality of life Children with asthma prescribed ‘unnecessary antibiotics’ Vitamin D supplements may cut risk of acute respiratory infections (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Seasonal Flu Deaths More Common Worldwide Than Expected Seasonal Flu Deaths More Common Worldwide Than Expected
A new CDC study shows that up to 646,000 people a year worldwide die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory illnesses, with some groups and regions hit harder than others.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Air pollution and asthma: People living in tree-lined neighborhoods have fewer attacks
(Natural News) According to a recent study, people who reside in polluted urban areas are far less likely to be hospitalized due to asthma if there are a lot of trees in their neighborhood. Based on a study by the University of Exeter‘s medical school, the effect of urban greenery on asthma implies that our respiratory health can... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping cough outbreak grows to dozens of cases
Health department says about 1,000 people in the community had close contact with someone who has the highly contagious respiratory disease (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Up to 650 000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year
Up to 650 000 deaths annually are associated with respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza, according to new estimates by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), WHO and global health partners. This marks an increase on the previous global estimate of 250 000-500 000, which dates from over ten years ago and covered all influenza-related deaths, including cardiovascular disease or diabetes. The new figures of 290 000-650 000 deaths are based on more recent data from a larger, more diverse group of countries, including lower middle-income countries, and exclude deaths from non-respiratory d...
Source: WHO news - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

William Ernest Dismukes 1939-2017
William Ernest Dismukes 1939-2017Post date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 11:18Images (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 13, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Protecting Your Health From Wildfire Smoke
Title: Protecting Your Health From Wildfire SmokeCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/12/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/13/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - December 13, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Chimpanzee deaths in Uganda pinned on human cold virus
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) In the wild, chimpanzees face any number of dire threats, ranging from poachers to predators to deforestation. That's why scientists, investigating an outbreak of respiratory disease in a community of wild chimpanzees in Uganda's Kibale National Park, were surprised and dismayed to discover that a human 'common cold' virus known as rhinovirus C was killing healthy chimps. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

ASH: Oral Edoxaban Noninferior to Dalteparin for CA - Linked VTE
Oral edoxaban found noninferior for recurrent venous thromboembolism or major bleeding (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 13, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Conference News, Source Type: news

DNA Sequencing Identifies Alpha - 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Six rare mutations identified in seven subjects that would not have been uncovered without sequencing (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 12, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine, Pathology, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

CABG May Be Best Method to Revascularize in Diabetes
Cardiac, cerebrovascular events lower in patients with multivessel coronary artery disease (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 12, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pulmonology, Surgery, Geriatrics, Journal, Source Type: news

Teleflex inks respiratory heater supply deal with HealthTrust
Teleflex (NYSE:TFX) said today it inked a group purchasing agreement with HealthTrust to supply it with respiratory heaters and accessories. The deal, which became effective December 1, includes Teleflex’s portfolio of active humidification, non-invasive ventilation and high flow nasal cannula therapy products, the Wayne, Penn.-based company said. HealthTrust has more than 400 member hospitals which will now gain access to humidification products including the Hudson RCI Neptune heated humidifier and Comfort Flo plus high flow nasal cannula, Teleflex said. Teleflex said the new contract complements its exis...
Source: Mass Device - December 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Respiratory HealthTrust Teleflex Source Type: news

Is "man flu" real?
New research suggests respiratory illnesses may hit men harder than women (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Man flu DOES exist: Men are more VULNERABLE to respiratory illness than women says science
MAN FLU really does exist, according to scientists. They discovered men are more vulnerable to respiratory illnesses than women. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are Men Just 'Babies' When They Get the Flu? Maybe Not
Still another investigation indicated that in the face of both the flu and other respiratory illnesses, men face a higher risk for developing complications than women. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Maintaining Food Safety Standards Regarding Mycotics in the Poultry Industry
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 13:27Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 12, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: BethBradshaw Source Type: news

Achieving antimicrobial resistance (AMR) goals through better fungal diagnostic in Pakistan
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 13:25Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 12, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: BethBradshaw Source Type: news

Does Flu Hit Men Harder Than Women? Maybe So
Still another investigation indicated that in the face of both the flu and other respiratory illnesses, men face a higher risk for developing complications than women. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impact of fungi on animal and food sector
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 13:18Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 12, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: BethBradshaw Source Type: news

Fungal Infections in Pakistan - Local Challenges
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 13:13Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 12, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: BethBradshaw Source Type: news

Pulmonary fungal infections and susceptible hosts
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 13:10Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 12, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: BethBradshaw Source Type: news

Out in the cold: lung disease, the hidden driver of NHS winter pressure
The report warns that a failure to address a predictable and obvious seasonal variation in respiratory admissions is at the heart of our A&E winter crisis. It's potentially causing patients needless harm. Our analysis reveals that this annual fluctuation has consistently repeated over the last 7 years. Yet many hospitals have failed to adapt their services to cope with the surge in respiratory admissions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pulmonary fungal infections and susceptible hosts
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 09:29Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 12, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: ROrritt Source Type: news

Molecular Mycology (MOMY): Current Approaches to Fungal Pathogenesis
Fungal diseases are significant causes of mortality and morbidity in both the developed and the developing world. The recent increases in the incidence and severity of invasive fungal infections are directly attributable to new susceptible patient populations. Examples of these large, at-risk populations include patients with AIDS; hospitalized patients being treated for cancer and autoimmune disorders; andthose receiving organ transplants.Courses& Workshops (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 12, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: ROrritt Source Type: news

Invasive Pulmonary Mycoses in Lung Transplant Recipients
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 08:26Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 12, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: ROrritt Source Type: news

Tried to Quit But Still Smoking? Help's On the Way
Title: Tried to Quit But Still Smoking? Help's On the WayCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/11/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/12/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - December 12, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

NZ's Fisher & Paykel sues Resmed in Australia over patent dispute
(Reuters) - New Zealand's Fisher& Paykel Healthcare filed a lawsuit in Australia on Tuesday against Resmed Inc alleging the medical device manufacturer's respiratory treatment products violate four Fisher& Paykel patents. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

NZ's Fisher & Paykel sues Resmed in patent dispute
(Reuters) - New Zealand's Fisher& Paykel Healthcare filed a lawsuit in Australia on Tuesday against Resmed Inc alleging the medical device manufacturer's respiratory treatment products violate four Fisher& Paykel patents. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Man flu really DOES exist – with men suffering MORE respiratory illness than women
IT HAS long been a winter debate between the sexes, but scientists have now found that man flu really does exist. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aging impairs both primary and secondary RIG-I signaling for interferon induction in human monocytes
Adults older than 65 account for most of the deaths caused by respiratory influenza A virus (IAV) infections, but the underlying mechanisms for this susceptibility are poorly understood. IAV RNA is detected by the cytosolic sensor retinoic acid–inducible gene I (RIG-I), which induces the production of type I interferons (IFNs) that curtail the spread of the virus and promote the elimination of infected cells. We have previously identified a marked defect in the IAV-inducible secretion of type I IFNs, but not proinflammatory cytokines, in monocytes from older (>65 years) healthy human donors. We found that monocyte...
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - December 12, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Molony, R. D., Nguyen, J. T., Kong, Y., Montgomery, R. R., Shaw, A. C., Iwasaki, A. Tags: STKE Research Articles Source Type: news

Toddler and maternal fructose intake linked to asthma
Reducing intake of sugary drinks in pregnancy and early childhood could cut childhood asthma risk Related items fromOnMedica Vigilance required by asthma patients in winter Children with asthma prescribed ‘unnecessary antibiotics’ Childhood asthma overdiagnosed, warn respiratory doctors Fewer asthma symptom days in city children living near parks Unsafe asthma prescribing threatens 22,000 people ’s lives (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news