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Regulatory News

FDA Releases Approval Guidelines for Reusable Medical Devices

The FDA has released enhanced recommendations on the production and disinfection of reusable medical devices, according to a press release.
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Research News

Effects of Long-term Macrolide Use in Non-CF Bronchiectasis

In patients with non-CF bronchiectasis, macrolide maintenance treatment can effectively reduce frequency of exacerbations, attenuate lung function decline, decrease sputum volume, improve quality of life.
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E-cigarettes

CDC Creates First Anti-Smoking Ad Citing E-Cigarettes

A new anti-smoking ad released by the CDC will feature a lung-collapse survivor who cites both e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes.
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Cystic Fibrosis News

Student Works with MIT to Create Cough Monitor for CF Patients

A New Mexico student collaborated with a laboratory at MIT to develop an automated cough monitor that aims to alert parents of children afflicted with cystic fibrosis to a coughing spasm.
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Treatment

Most Antibiotic Use in NICU Occurs in Suspected, not Proven, Infections

Surveillance of all antibiotic use in a level 3 neonatal ICU indicated the majority of antibiotic prescriptions were narrow-spectrum and would not be monitored by most stewardship programs.
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Infectious Diseases

Saudi Arabia Reports Another 15 Cases of MERS, 3 Deaths

Fifteen additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus have been reported in Saudi Arabia, including 3 deaths, the World Health Organization reports.
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Pharmaceuticals

GSK’s COPD Treatment Encruse Ellipta Approved in Japan

GlaxoSmithKline has received approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for Encruse Ellipta to treat COPD. The drug has already been approved in the US and Canada under the trade name Incruse Ellipta.
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Research

Lung Ultrasound as Accurate as Chest X-Ray for Pediatric Pneumonia, Study Says

According to research from the Icahn School of Medicine, a lung ultrasound may be a better first step in diagnosing pediatric pneumonia than a chest X-ray.
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Research

Air Pollutants May Contribute to Rise in Sneezing, Sniffling During Allergy Season

A pair of air pollutants linked to climate change may also be a significant contributor to the rise in individuals sniffling, sneezing, and wheezing during allergy season.
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Infectious Diseases

We Are in the Midst of an Elephant Tuberculosis Epidemic

There have been more than 60 confirmed cases of tuberculosis in US elephants, which total 446. The disease poses risks to humans because while most infectious diseases are not easily passed between species, tuberculosis is an exception.
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Infectious Diseases

International Traveler Had Measles While In Central, South Florida

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed that an international traveler, who attended a conference in Central Florida and spent time in South Florida, had the measles.
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Influenza News

Flawed Gene Explains Why Flu Can Kill in Rare Cases

Mutation in the gene IRF7 could prevent children from producing a protein that helps fight off the flu virus, which could lead to death in some cases.
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Research News

3D Respiratory Tissue Model Effective for Measuring Impact of Chemicals

A 3-dimensional model of human respiratory tissue has been shown to be an effective platform for measuring the impact of chemicals, like those found in cigarette smoke, or other aerosols on the lung.
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Product News

Nihon Kohden Secures Physiological Monitoring Contract with Premier

Nihon Kohden has procured a group purchasing agreement for physiological monitoring with Premier Inc, a leading healthcare improvement company representing 3,400 US hospitals and 110,000 other providers.
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Airway management

Karl Storz Video Laryngoscope Earns EMS World Innovation Award

The company's C-MAC S USB Video Laryngoscope System was selected as one of EMS World magazine’s Top 20 Innovations for 2014 in the magazine's February issue.
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Smoking

Health Warnings More Effective When Showing Smokers Harm Others

Pictorial health warnings are more effective than text messages only. Warnings are also more effective when showing harm to others.
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Clinical

CPAP and BiPAP in the Postanesthesia Care Unit

The use of continuous and bilevel positive airway pressure in the PACU for patients with sleep apnea is a debated topic. While some recommend the technology’s use, others have called its benefits uncertain.
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ARDS

ARDS and the Obese Patient

In addition to an increased risk for Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other illnesses, obese patients often experience acute respiratory distress syndrome. But treating obese patients with ARDS presents its own challenges, specifically with intubation and ventilation.
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Smoking

Current Smokers Have Double the Risk of Prostate Cancer Recurring Post-Surgery

New research presented at the European Association of Urology conference shows that current smokers, and smokers who quit less than 10 years previously, have twice the risk of a recurrence of prostate cancer after surgery.
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COPD

COPD Takes Big Toll on Americans’ Employment, Mobility

Just over 24% of adults with COPD say they cannot work, compared to about 5% of adults in the general population, and 38% said they found it difficult to walk or climb stairs.