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Agena Bioscience releases LungFUSION Panel for rapid identification of oncogenic ALK, RET, and ROS1 gene fusions in non-small cell lung cancer tumors.
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The FDA has released enhanced recommendations on the production and disinfection of reusable medical devices, according to a press release.
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A new anti-smoking ad released by the CDC will feature a lung-collapse survivor who cites both e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes.
NM student works with MIT to create cough monitor
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.
Colorized scanning electron micrograph of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome virus particles attached to the surface of an infected VERO E6 cell. Credit NIAID
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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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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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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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.
Health Officials: International Traveler Had Measles While In 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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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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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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Pictorial health warnings are more effective than text messages only. Warnings are also more effective when showing harm to others.
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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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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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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.
Oklahoma Reports First Measles Case in 18 Years
Oklahoma has its first confirmed measles case since 1997, state health officials reported Friday.
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New research suggests that the harmful effects of smoking while pregnant may be reflected in the facial movements of the mother's unborn baby.
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A Medscape news report indicates that the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement.
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Following its acquisition of CareFusion, Becton, Dickinson & Co is planning the sale of its respiratory devices unit to shed so-called "unwanted assets."
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According to research in the European Respiratory Journal, the air quality in a nursing home significantly affects the lung health of its senior residents.