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An analysis published in the BMJ says current GOLD guidelines for COPD don't work and calls for the adoption of lower limits of normal (LLN) criteria for airflow obstruction that are specific for different populations.
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The researchers found that stopping treatment with inhaled corticosteroids for COPD patients was associated with a 25% decrease in the rate of severe pneumonia.
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Based on an evaluation of 8,872 smokers, 55% of the participants who were labeled as disease-free based on lung function tests actually had some form of respiratory related impairment.
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Monthly administration of liposome-delivered gene therapy for cystic fibrosis (CF) improved forced expiratory volume (FEV), according to a study published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
WHO team urges South Korea to reopen schools as more close in MERS crisis
Poor infection prevention and control measures, along with overcrowding in emergency rooms and medical wards, contributed to the outbreak of MERS in South Korea.
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Stiolto Respimat (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) Inhalation Spray is now available by prescription at pharmacies across the United States, according to manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.
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Evidence is lacking that proves pharmacologic agents routinely administered for airway clearance are effective in improving oxygenation and respiratory mechanics, reducing ventilator time and ICU stay, or resolving atelectasis.
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Aerucin is a fully human monoclonal antibody for the treatment of hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia caused by P. aeruginosa.
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Many hospitals are overconfident and underprepared when it comes to hospital readmissions, according to a survey released by Q-Centrix.
These are MERS coronavirus particles (green) on camel epithelial cells.
Credit: NIAID in collaboration with Colorado State University.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has figured out how to give mice the virus that causes MERS, and also how to prevent the disease and effectively treat the infected mice.
health costs
After Medicare's Hospital-Acquired Conditions Payment Policy came into effect, infections decreased in hospitals with low operating margins.
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Federal and state lawmakers have urged the FDA to accelerate its push to regulate e-cigarettes and have expressed alarm about nicotine poisonings related to "e-liquids."
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Respreeza, which is manufactured by CSL Behring, replaces the missing Alpha-1 protein and raises the alpha-1 antitrypsin levels in their blood, which can help to protect the lungs from damage due to inflammation.
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All children enrolling in public or private schools, or day care, would be required to have certain vaccinations. Parents no longer would be able to cite personal or religious beliefs to decline the immunizations.
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The European Commission has approved edoxaban (Lixiana, Daiichi Sankyo) for high-risk patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and for the treatment and prevention of DVT and PE.
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Spyryx is developing inhaled peptides designed to potently degrade ENaC (epithelial sodium channels), which play a role in mucus dehydration and reduced airway clearance.
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In California, Hispanic patients with cystic fibrosis were three times as likely to die from the disease as their non-Hispanic counterparts, despite similar access to specialty care.
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COPD patients with newer home oxygen prescriptions (within the previous 90 days) are more likely to sustain burn injuries, according to research published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
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According to an association press release, the American Thoracic Society supports the US Supreme Court's June 25 ruling to back federal tax subsidies to aid American in purchasing health insurance.
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Teleflex Medical is in the process of recalling 9,333 units of its Hudson RCI manual ventilator for emergency resuscitation.