New Antidepressant Use May Raise COPD Death Risk
(MedPage Today) -- Taking SSRI/SNRI's linked to poorer respiratory outcomes in study (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - June 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Stryker to acquire Swiss surgical smoke firm SafeAir
Stryker (NYSE:SYK) said yesterday that it agreed to acquire Swiss surgical smoke evacuation firm SafeAir for an undisclosed amount. Root, Switzerland-based SafeAir’s “smoke pen” device is a disposable diathermy pencil with an integrated smoke evacuation function that connects with a smoke evacuator to pull the smoke from cauterization procedures directly from its source. Surgical smoke conveys roughly the same mutagenic and carcinogenic risks as cigarette smoke, plus the risk that it could carry bacteria or virus cells and damage the respiratory tract and the lungs. “The acquisition of SafeAir ...
Source: Mass Device - June 26, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions Surgical Wall Street Beat SafeAir Stryker Source Type: news

Vitamin D Deficiency Could Be Lung Disease Risk
Title: Vitamin D Deficiency Could Be Lung Disease RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/25/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/26/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - June 26, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Beyond the Baggie: High Hopes for Nasal Delivery of Medical Cannabis
What happens when a leading medical cannabis company hooks up with a respiratory device company?  Dose-metered, nasally-delivered cannabis-based medicines, according to Columbia Care and Rhinomed. The two companies have inked a licensing agreement for the collaborative development of just such a product. New York-based Columbia Care and Richmond, Australia-based Rhinomed plan to develop one or more new versions of Rhinomed's existing device. The program, which will be developed in Columbia Care's research and manufacturing facilities, will aim to optimize delivery of consistent doses of Columbia Care's pharmaceutical-...
Source: MDDI - June 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Abnormal breath sounds: Causes and treatment
The sound a person makes when breathing is not usually noticeable. However, abnormal breath sounds may be audible with or without a stethoscope. They have a range of causes and can accompany a variety of symptoms. In this article, learn about abnormal breath sounds, including wheezing, crackling, rhonchi, and stridor. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Respiratory Source Type: news

Fresca Medical wins de novo nod from FDA for Curve sleep apnea device
Fresca Medical said today it won FDA de novo approval for its Curve positive airway pressure delivery system designed to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The Curve CPAP system includes a flow generator, air delivery hose and nasal pillow patient interface, the San Clemente, Calif.-based company said. The system also features the company’s SmartValve technology which it claims allows the system to treat OSA with less airflow than conventional CPAP systems. “Fresca Medical is committed to developing disruptive and effective technologies for sleep apnea sufferers who cannot tolerate the currently available therapies...
Source: Mass Device - June 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Regulatory/Compliance Respiratory frescamedical Source Type: news

Children with allergies should be screened for esophagus condition, study says
If children have known skin, food and respiratory allergies, they should be screened for an emerging food allergy causing inflammation in the esophagus. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Professor in Medical Mycology (x2)
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - June 25, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Histoplasmosis in the Americas and the Caribbean, 2nd Meeting
Date: Monday, June 25, 2018Year: 2018Location: Manaus, BrazilContent-type: current_conferences (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - June 25, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: BethBradshaw Source Type: news

Children with existing allergies should be screened for an emerging, severe chronic food allergy
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Children with known skin, food and respiratory allergies should be screened for an emerging, chronic food allergy called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a painful inflammation of the esophagus, the food tube between the mouth and stomach. Pediatric allergists who analyzed a very large group of children from birth to adolescence say that EoE should be considered a later component of the 'allergic march' -- the natural history in which many children successively develop a series of allergies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Genetically modified animals
Despite its potential to battle disease and hunger, genetically engineered food is still controversialLast week, scientists from the University of Edinburgh ’s Roslin Institute announced they haddeleted the section of DNA that leaves pigs vulnerable to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, which is estimated to cost European farmers £1.5bn a year in loss of livestock and decreased productivity. Genetically modified animals are banned from the EU food chain, but since this is a new and different technique it’s possible they’ll be appearing in bacon sandwiches in a few years.Continue reading....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 24, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Tucker Tags: GM Technology Science Farming Environment Genetics Biology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Benefits of using a humidifier
Dry indoor air is a common problem that can exacerbate respiratory symptoms, cause dry skin and hair, and even make snoring worse. In this article, learn how using a humidifier can help to alleviate these and other problems. We also describe the possible risks and how to use a humidifier safely. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory tract infections in primary care: an updated and expanded meta-ethnography
This qualitative review of 53 studies found that acceptability of interventions aimed at more prudent antibiotic prescribing would likely increase if they are context sensitive and take into account PCPs varying roles and priorities. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ECMO in Severe ARDS: Trial Halted for Futility, Lessons Debated ECMO in Severe ARDS: Trial Halted for Futility, Lessons Debated
No survival benefit came from routine vs rescue extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, but experts disagree on the EOLIA trial's implications for therapy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

National plan needed for lung disease
Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:11News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - June 22, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Gene-edited pigs: can we engineer immunity? – Science Weekly podcast
Pigs have been rendered immune to a disease that has cost billions.Hannah Devlin questions whether this could be the future of eliminating debilitating and costly viruses in livestockSubscribe and review onAcast,Apple Podcasts,Soundcloud,Audioboom andMixcloud. Join the discussion onFacebook andTwitterPorcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome is the most significant disease affecting pigs worldwide. In the United States, it costs around $644m ( £486m) every year, and for Europe, it’s believed that figure is almost €1.5bn (£1.3bn). There is no cure and vaccines have proven ineffective. However, hop...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 22, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Hannah Devlin and produced by Graihagh Jackson Tags: Farming Science Genetics Source Type: news

More Cash - Pay Patients Means Docs Need Billing Strategies
Trend is requiring providers to proactively develop comprehensive policies (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 22, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Source Type: news

Many Physicians Not Prepared for End - of - Life Talks With Patients
Additional training, reimbursement may foster these critical conversations, authors say (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 22, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson hits the Big Apple with latest JLabs site
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) opened its latest life science incubator in New York City, the healthcare giant said today. The 30,000-square-foot JLabs @ NYC is a collaboration between Johnson & Johnson Innovation, New York State and the New York Genome Center. Sited at the genome center in SoHo, the incubator is home to 26 startups and has room for four more, New Brunswick, N.J.-based J&J said. “Johnson & Johnson has deep entrepreneurial roots in New York and we are pleased to see our unique JLabs model applied in this rich ecosystem to foster the creation of new healthcare innovations that have t...
Source: Mass Device - June 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Funding Roundup Research & Development johnsonandjohnson Source Type: news

Two point-of-care tests for invasive aspergillosis launched
Thu, 06/21/2018 - 16:05News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - June 21, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: BethBradshaw Source Type: news

More Evidence That Vaping May Help Some Smokers Quit
Title: More Evidence That Vaping May Help Some Smokers QuitCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/21/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/21/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - June 21, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Scientists genetically engineer pigs immune to costly disease
Gene-editing technology could be propelled into commercial farms within five yearsScientists have genetically engineered pigs to be immune to one of the world ’s most costly animal diseases, in an advance that could propel gene-editing technology into commercial farms within five years.The trial, led by the University of Edinburgh ’s Roslin Institute, showed that the pigs were completely immune to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), a disease that is endemic across the globe and costs the European pig industry nearly £1.5bn in pig deaths and decreased productivity each year.Continue read...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Genetics Science Medical research Meat The meat industry Farming Environment Food Source Type: news

Emerging and Epizootic Fungal Infections in Animals
2018Post date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 17:39Books and theses (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - June 20, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Is vitamin D deficiency to blame for lung disease?
New research from Johns Hopkins University has found that individuals with low blood levels of vitamin D may be more exposed to disabling lung disease. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Respiratory Source Type: news

Tremelimumab and Imfinzi Combo Effective for Mesothelioma
The novel immunotherapy drug mixture of tremelimumab and Imfinzi (durvalumab) produced encouraging results in the first phase II mesothelioma clinical trial examining this combination. The study, which included 40 mesothelioma patients in Italy, was published in the June 2018 edition of The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. Similar — or even more promising — results with this combination are expected to follow soon in the United States. “Results from this study are very promising,” investigator Dr. Luana Calabro, Siena University Hospital, told Asbestos.com. “This regimen also has shown a good safe...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 20, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

FIRS: Guidance Offered for Protecting Youth From E-Cigarettes
WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 -- Youth should be protected from electronic cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices, according to a position statement from the Forum of International Respiratory Societies published online May 31 in the European... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Future of asthma research and benefits to patient health
Wed, 06/20/2018 - 08:13News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - June 20, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Opioid overdose survivors face continued health challenges, higher death rate
(Columbia University Irving Medical Center) Survivors of opioid overdose are at great risk of dying in the year after overdose, but the deaths are not always caused by drug use, a new study reveals. In addition to succumbing to drug use, survivors were much more likely to die from respiratory diseases, viral hepatitis, and suicide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Annual southeast Asia haze linked to increased respiratory problems
(Wiley) For more than a decade, Southeast Asia has faced annual haze due to a combination of human activity, natural fires, and climatic factors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Acute cyanide poisoning: are skin findings and odors helpful in making the diagnosis?
2 out of 5 stars Challenges in the diagnosis of acute cyanide poisoning. Parker-Cote JL et al. Clin Toxicol 2018;56(7):609-617 Abstract The stated goal of this somewhat confusing and unfocused article was to “identify isolated acute cyanide poison cases and to identify reported signs, symptoms and laboratory findings.” The authors did a systematic literature review to retrieve cases reports and case series describing patients who were alive on presentation after acute exposure to a cyanide salt. Patients exposed to cyanide in association with smoke inhalation were excluded. They found 65 relevant studies (...
Source: The Poison Review - June 19, 2018 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical bitter almond odor cherry red skin clinical characteristics cyanide poisoning ingestion Source Type: news

CDC: Smoking Rates Hit Record Lows
(MedPage Today) -- Americans living outside urban areas twice as likely to smoke (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - June 19, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia's capital
Thousands are protesting the noxious fumes coming from overcrowded landfills surrounding Moscow, saying the gases are causing respiratory problems and other illnesses. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

U.S. Smoking Rate Hits All-Time Low
Title: U.S. Smoking Rate Hits All-Time LowCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/19/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/19/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - June 19, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Tattoo-Like Sensor Could Provide Continuous Monitoring of Vital Signs
Sometimes a doctor needs to measure his or her patient’s cardiac activity for longer than a brief ECG reading would record. In this instance, a physician might prescribe a Holter monitor to record long-term vital signs during normal physical activity, but these devices can have some drawbacks. They might be bulky to wear and could cause itchiness and skin irritations where they are attached to the body. And they don’t provide information in real time. Umana Medical Technologies has developed products that aim to make wearing a heart monitor more convenient for patients and offer the ability of being able to tra...
Source: MDDI - June 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Susan Shepard Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

WHO Releases New ICD-11 WHO Releases New ICD-11
The 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases reflects advances in scientific understanding; it includes several new chapters and major revisions to others.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pulmonary Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pulmonary Medicine Headlines - June 18, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Garcinia kola and Allium sativum found to be effective alternative antimicrobials for respiratory pathogens
(Natural News) Researchers have found that a combination of bitter kola (Garcinia kola) and garlic (Allium sativum) extracts may contain antimicrobial properties. The study, which was published in the IOSR Journal of Environmental Science, Toxicology and Food Technology, was conducted to investigate the effects of the plants’ extracts on known respiratory pathogens when used separately and when... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to expect from a bronchoscopy
A bronchoscopy is a safe, relatively quick procedure. It allows a doctor to examine the inside of the lungs, which can help them to diagnose the cause of breathing problems or chest pain. In this article, learn what to expect before, during, and after a bronchoscopy, including recovery and possible complications. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Respiratory Source Type: news

Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO
GENEVA (Reuters) - Outbreaks of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) killed 23 people in Saudi Arabia between Jan. 21 and May 31 this year, the World Health Organization said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA Panel Shoots Down Endobronchial Coil System – Is the Device Doomed?
    BTG plc (LSE: BTG), the global specialist healthcare company, notes that the US Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee yesterday voted against the approval of the Elevair™ Endobronchial Coil System for the treatment of people with severe emphysema. The Panel voted as follows: that there is reasonable assurance that Elevair™ is safe for use in patients who meet the criteria specified in the proposed indication, while considering the additional procedures needed to maintain effectiv...
Source: MDDI - June 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Business Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Disease news outbreak for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Saudi Arabia. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

What Is the Scope of Practice for Pediatric Care for Chiropractic Doctors?
Discussion “Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health.” Some people look at chiropractic care solely as spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) or manipulation. Chiropractic physicians also offer a variety of other treatments including nutritional advice, dietary or herbal supplements, therapeutic exercise, posture correction and behavioral counseling. Spinal muscle therapy or spinal manipulation is one of the most common complementary, integrative, and alternati...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 18, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Study: Using Tylenol regularly can cause asthma and COPD
(Natural News) A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine pointed to acetaminophen as a significant risk factor for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), among other lung conditions. Acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol, is a drug used to treat fever and provide relief from moderate pain. It’s an... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA panel votes against BTG ’ s PneumRX Elevair
An FDA advisory committee panel yesterday voted against approving BTG‘s PneumRX’s Elevair endobronchial coil system intended for treating patients with severe emphysema. The panel voted 7 to 5 in favor of the device’s safety, but 8 to 3 that the benefits do not outweigh the risks, and 5 to 7 that the device was effective for use with patients in its proposed indications. The Elevair device is a nitinol endobronchial coil intended to be deployed bronchoscopically to reduce lung volume in patients with severe emphysema. The company submitted an application for premarket approval with the FDA, backed by clin...
Source: Mass Device - June 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Respiratory BTG Source Type: news

Philips acquires Remote Diagnostic Technologies
Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) said today it acquired U.K.-based Remote Diagnostic Technologies for an undisclosed amount. Remote Diagnostic Technologies develops cardiac therapy, data management and monitoring solutions for the pre-hospital market, and has a portfolio of connected emergency care solutions that Amsterdam-based Philips said will complement its therapeutic care biz. “We are committed to investing in and expanding our resuscitation and emergency care offering, and with the acquisition of RDT we can boost our capabilities and portfolio in this vital area of healthcare. With its focus on the pre-hospi...
Source: Mass Device - June 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Mergers & Acquisitions Patient Monitoring royalphilips Source Type: news

Consultant in Infectious Diseases (National Aspergillosis Centre, UK)
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - June 15, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Low-Nicotine E-Cigs May Raise Toxin Risks
Title: Low-Nicotine E-Cigs May Raise Toxin RisksCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/14/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/15/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - June 15, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Immunosuppression: Have We Learnt Anything? Immunosuppression: Have We Learnt Anything?
This review looks at the findings from recent clinical trials regarding the use of immunosuppression after lung transplantation.Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Consumer Health: Men's health -- live a longer, healthier life
Men's health: Prevent the top threats? The biggest threats to men's health ? which include heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke ??often are preventable. Take control by talking with your health care provider about your risk factors for these conditions. Then, get serious about reducing your risk. Here's what you [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - June 15, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Trump's environmental policy roll-backs might cause 80,000 more deaths a decade
In their recent essay, two Harvard scientists argue that their number is 'an extremely conservative estimate' and that more than a million people will suffer respiratory problems as well. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Early-stage Respiratory Syncytial Virus vaccine trial begins
Phase 1 study will enroll a small group of healthy adult volunteers. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - June 14, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news