Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
From 31 October through 30 November 2018, the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) National Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported eight additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including two deaths. Details of these cases can be found in a separate document (see link below). From 2012 through 30 November 2018, the total number of laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV cases reported globally to WHO under IHR (2005) is 2274 with 806 associated deaths. The total number of deaths includes the deaths that WHO is aware of to date through follow-up with affected member states. (Source: ...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 28, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Pediatric Asthma Risk Score Has Good Sensitivity, Specificity
PARS has improved ability over API for predicting asthma in children with mild - to - moderate risk (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 27, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Nursing, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Allergy, Journal, Source Type: news

Whopping Numbers on Whooping Cough
(Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 27, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Infections, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, News, Source Type: news

Are Your Patients Using the Apple ECG Watch? Are Your Patients Using the Apple ECG Watch?
The new device can monitor irregular heart rhythms to potentially detect atrial fibrillation.Medscape Reader Polls (Source: Medscape Pulmonary Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pulmonary Medicine Headlines - December 27, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Microscopic Polyangiitis: Pathogenesis, Features and Therapy Microscopic Polyangiitis: Pathogenesis, Features and Therapy
New findings offer insights into the clinical signs and symptoms of microscopic polyangiitis, available treatment options, and pathogenesis of the disease.Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Critical Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Phytochemistry, traditional uses and pharmacological profile of rose hip
(Bentham Science Publishers) The fruit of genus Rosa, known as 'rose hip,' is frequently used in different traditional medicines. Rose hips have long been used to treat kidney stones, gastroenteric ailments, hypertension and respiratory problems such as bronchitis, cough and cold. This review is focused on the ethnopharmacological uses of rose hip as well as phytochemical and pharmacological aspects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health Tip: Understanding Whooping Cough
-- Whooping cough is an infection of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis, the Nemours Foundation says. The highly contagious infection, typically affecting children. can trigger coughing spells that can last more than... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 26, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Peak RSV Season Is Almost Here, How To Protect Against This Respiratory Virus
Each year around the world, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections cause somewhere between 160,000 and 200,000 deaths. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 26, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Children are bearing the brunt of this year's flu season, health officials say
Many Canadian children are spending the holidays battling the flu and other respiratory illnesses — and an early start to the flu season might be partly to blame, public health officials say. Doctors say it's not too late to get the flu shot, which they expect to be more effective than last year. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Vit C for Pregnant Smokers May Improve Newborn Lung Function
MONDAY, Dec. 24, 2018 -- For pregnant smokers, vitamin C supplementation may improve newborn lung function, according to a study published online Dec. 7 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Cindy T. McEvoy, M.D., from... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Muscle atrophy among critically ill kids occurs within one week of mechanical ventilation
(Children's National Health System) Children with life-threatening respiratory failure who require mechanical ventilation in a pediatric intensive care unit commonly experience rapid muscle atrophy, according to a study published online Dec. 19, 2018, in PLOS ONE. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Housecall: Humidifiers can help -- or hurt -- your health
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Humidifiers and your health? Dry sinuses, bloody noses and cracked lips.?Humidifiers can soothe these familiar problems caused by dry indoor air. Humidifiers also can ease symptoms of a cold or another respiratory condition. But be cautious. Humidifiers can make you sick if they aren't maintained properly or if humidity levels stay [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - December 24, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Penalties for Higher Hospital Readmission Rates May Hurt Patients
(Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 21, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, News, Source Type: news

Wisconsin EMS Medical Director Approves New Anti-Choking Device as Backup Option
  MADISON, Wis. (WITI)-- A top state health official is giving emergency workers the green light use a new anti-choking device. The inventor said his design was inspired by a sink plunger, but FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn found one big question remains about Lifevac. In the field of emergency medicine, it's not often something entirely new comes along. "It may be a terrific device. We just don't know," said Marc Cohen, executive director of the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services Association (WEMSA). It's so new, state leaders in EMS response don't even know what to call it. Read more at WITI. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bryan Polcyn (WITI) Tags: Airway & Respiratory News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Wisconsin EMS Medical Director Approves New Anti-Choking Device as Backup Option
  MADISON, Wis. (WITI)-- A top state health official is giving emergency workers the green light use a new anti-choking device. The inventor said his design was inspired by a sink plunger, but FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn found one big question remains about Lifevac. In the field of emergency medicine, it's not often something entirely new comes along. "It may be a terrific device. We just don't know," said Marc Cohen, executive director of the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services Association (WEMSA). It's so new, state leaders in EMS response don't even know what to call it. Read more at WITI. (Source...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bryan Polcyn (WITI) Tags: Airway & Respiratory News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

The Weaponization of Narcan
Narcan, the trade name of the opiate antidote naloxone, has become a part of the modern lexicon. It can even be found in the Urban Dictionary. Although initially a noun, it is now a widely used verb as in, “I Narcanned that patient,” or, “I Narcanned your Honor Student.” Narcan is so effective that we have even dreamed up imaginary clinical situations to administer it. YouTube is full of videos of police officers giving themselves or colleagues Narcan for suspected “fentanyl exposure.” A popular video shows a police officer giving Narcan to another officer after exposure to what was late...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAEMS Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Columns Source Type: news

The Weaponization of Narcan
Narcan, the trade name of the opiate antidote naloxone, has become a part of the modern lexicon. It can even be found in the Urban Dictionary. Although initially a noun, it is now a widely used verb as in, “I Narcanned that patient,” or, “I Narcanned your Honor Student.” Narcan is so effective that we have even dreamed up imaginary clinical situations to administer it. YouTube is full of videos of police officers giving themselves or colleagues Narcan for suspected “fentanyl exposure.” A popular video shows a police officer giving Narcan to another officer after exposure to what was late...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAEMS Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Columns Source Type: news

Clinical Fellow - Infectious Diseases and Aspergillosis
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 21, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Consultant in Infectious Diseases
(Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 21, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Immaculate Regression? Perfect Cervical Ca Test; Chemo Leukemia Risk
(MedPage Today) -- News, features, and commentary about cancer-related issues (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - December 20, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Tobacco Giant Altria Just Made a $12.8 Billion Investment in Juul
With a $12.8 billion investment, Altria, the nation’s leading tobacco company, now owns 35% of Juul Labs, maker of the country’s most popular e-cigarette. With the new investment, Juul is now valued at $38 billion, according to Altria’s announcement. The company will remain independent, though it will now have access to Altria’s “infrastructure and services,” as well as retail space alongside its combustible cigarettes, direct marketing to cigarette customers through pack inserts and mailings and access to Altria’s sales network. The deal has raised eyebrows given Juul’s long...
Source: TIME: Health - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Restrictive, Obstructive Lung Disease Linked to Dementia Risk
THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 -- Both restrictive and obstructive lung disease are associated with an increased risk for incident dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

TIMM2019 abstract deadline
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018Year: 2019Content-type: current_conferences (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 19, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

9th Trends in Medical Mycology
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018Year: 2019Content-type: current_conferences (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 19, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

14th Annual Fungal Update
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018Year: 2018Location: The QE2 Conference Centre, London.Content-type: current_conferences (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 19, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus: the next step
Azole resistance is a concern for the management of diseases caused by Aspergillus fumigatus in humans. Azole fungicide use in the environment has been identified as possible cause for resistance development, and thus increases the complexity and number of stakeholders involved in this emerging problem.Courses& Workshops (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 19, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Israel Society of Medical Mycology (ISMM) Meeting
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018Year: 2018Location: Tel Aviv University, IsraelContent-type: current_conferences (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 19, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

8th FEBS Advanced Lecture Course on Human Fungal Pathogens
8thFEBS Advanced Lecture Course on Human Fungal Pathogenswill take place from 18-24th May 2019 in La Colle sur Loup, France.Courses& Workshops (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 19, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Curso Internacional de Diagn óstico de levaduras en micología médica
Curso Internacional de Diagn óstico de levaduras en micología médicaCourse takes place in Huechuraba (Chile).Courses& Workshops (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 19, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Journal for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy-Medical Mycology Joint Issue
Aspergillosis continues to be a frequent cause of opportunistic infection and mortality among patients with suppressed immunity and those with airway diseases. This virtual issue is a joint endeavour between the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and Medical Mycology to highlight the diagnosis and the clinical aspects of the management of chronic aspergillosis as well as the relatively new phenomenon of emergent azole resistance.ISHAM hope the reader will find the collection useful in gaining new insights into aspergillosis from a laboratory and clinical perspective.  Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 18:19Updates (So...
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 19, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Cognitive Therapy Helps Reduce Anxiety in COPD Patients
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 -- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) delivered by respiratory nurses is associated with reduced anxiety symptoms and is cost-effective for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Vapers Exposed to Fewer Toxins Than Conventional Smokers: Study
Title: Vapers Exposed to Fewer Toxins Than Conventional Smokers: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/18/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - December 19, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Rethinking ALS Intercepts and Mutual Aide Agreements
This article focuses on the EMS standard operating procedure (SOP) known as the advanced life support (ALS) intercept.1 In the seven rural Midwest and Mountain West states in which the authors work it’s common for ambulance services to be staffed by volunteers with basic life support (BLS) training. These dedicated first responders have varied levels of NREMT credentialing including: EMT-Basic, Advanced EMT, and EMT-Intermediate (EMT-B, AEMT and EMT-I, respectively).2 All EMTs complete coursework in human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, emergency skills and patient assessment. The more advanced the EMT (e.g., a...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ralph Renger, PhD Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Rethinking ALS Intercepts and Mutual Aide Agreements
This article focuses on the EMS standard operating procedure (SOP) known as the advanced life support (ALS) intercept.1 In the seven rural Midwest and Mountain West states in which the authors work it’s common for ambulance services to be staffed by volunteers with basic life support (BLS) training. These dedicated first responders have varied levels of NREMT credentialing including: EMT-Basic, Advanced EMT, and EMT-Intermediate (EMT-B, AEMT and EMT-I, respectively).2 All EMTs complete coursework in human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, emergency skills and patient assessment. The more advanced the EMT (e.g., a...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ralph Renger, PhD Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Chest CT Can ID Respiratory AE Risk in RA Patients on Biologics
Findings seen among rheumatoid arthritis patients on long - term biological therapy (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 18, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology, Journal, Source Type: news

Chest CT Can ID Respiratory AE Risk in RA Patients on Biologics
TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 -- Chest computed tomography (CT) findings may identify risk factors for respiratory adverse events (RAEs) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients undergoing long-term biological therapy, according to a study recently published... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Children who grow up near trees and gardens have fewer respiratory problems as adults
(Natural News) Instead of letting your kids stay indoors and play video games all day, convince them to play in your backyard or in the park. This allows them to have fun and exercise at the same time. It can even help lower their risk of developing respiratory problems as they grow older. According to a... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Featured Review: Adverse events in people taking macrolide antibiotics versus placebo for any indication
The review 'Adverse events in people taking macrolide antibiotics'   asked, “Will people taking a macrolide antibiotic experience more adverse events than those treated with placebo?”Macrolide antibiotics are one of many types of antibiotic. They are commonly used to treat both acute and chronic infections. The four most commonly used macrolides are azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, and roxithromycin. People taking macrolide antibiotics are at risk of experiencing adverse events such as nausea, diarrhoea or rashes.Lead author of the review Malene Plejdrup Hansen explains, “This review was u...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

hydrocortisone oral (Cortef)
Title: hydrocortisone oral (Cortef)Category: MedicationsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/17/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Asthma General)
Source: MedicineNet Asthma General - December 17, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Vaccine using microneedle patch with RSV virus, immune-stimulating compound is effective against RSV
(Georgia State University) Skin vaccination using a microneedle patch that contains the inactivated respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and a compound that stimulates immune responses to the virus has been found to enhance protection against this serious disease and reduce inflammation in the body after exposure to the virus, according to a study led by Georgia State University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 17, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Inhalational injury and the larynx: a review - Reid A, Ha JF.
OBJECTIVE: To review and discuss the existing research on the pathophysiology, impact and management of inhalational injury on the larynx and lower respiratory tract. DATA SOURCES: A literature search was conducted on the PubMed, MedLine, Embase, Web of Sc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

' Sleeping In' in Seattle: Later Start Times Help Teens in School
(MedPage Today) -- More sleep, better grades, less absenteeism after school start pushed to 8:45 a.m. (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - December 14, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Subfertility Linked to Increased Asthma Risk in Offspring
Asthma risk also increased with maternal history of miscarriages at 12 weeks or earlier (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 14, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Gynecology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Allergy, Journal, Source Type: news

Health Tip: Giving Cough Medicine to a Child
(Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 14, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Pediatrics, Pulmonology, FYI, Source Type: news

fluticasone propionate oral inhaler (Flovent)
Title: fluticasone propionate oral inhaler (Flovent)Category: MedicationsCreated: 7/23/1998 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/14/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Asthma General)
Source: MedicineNet Asthma General - December 14, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Silverweed is a natural cough medicine
(Natural News) Traditional Chinese medicine prescribes silverweed (Potentilla anserina) as a herbal remedy for coughing. Researchers believe that the root of the plant contains bioactive compounds that reduce the severity of coughing and help increase the sputum in the air passages. One of the most common symptoms of respiratory illness, coughing can cause significant difficulties... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA: GE R860 ventilator safety guard recall is Class I
The FDA today labeled a select recall of GE Healthcare‘s (NYSE:GE) CareScape R860 inspiratory safety guards, designed for use with a ventilator, as Class I. Class I designations, the FDA’s most severe classification, are used when there is a reasonable probability that product use could cause serious adverse health consequences or death. The R860 inspiratory safety guard is a breathing accessory intended for use with the Carescape R860 ventilator, which is designed to provide mechanical ventilation and breathing support to patients. The devices are being recalled due to a risk of the safety guard disconnec...
Source: Mass Device - December 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Recalls Respiratory GE Healthcare Source Type: news

Stethoscopes Covered With Potentially Dangerous Bacteria, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – One of the most universal tools that a doctor carries around is a stethoscope, used to listen to a patient’s heart and lungs. Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered the nasty truth about these instruments – that they are covered with potentially dangerous bacteria. The researchers performed DNA testing on stethoscopes used by doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists in an intensive care unit and found, not only significant numbers of harmless bacteria, but also bacteria that could lead to bad infections like staph aureus. They also found that wiping down the st...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated Local Local TV Source Type: news

11th Euro-Global Conference on Infectious Diseases
Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018Year: 2019Location: London, UKContent-type: current_conferences (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 13, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

12th Global Infections Conference
Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018Year: 2019Location: Holiday Inn Atrium | SingaporeContent-type: current_conferences (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 13, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news