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research grant
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have obtained an $11 million grant from the Department of Defense to study the role of beta blockers in patients with COPD.
partnership
The School of Public Health at Georgia State University has named five major municipalities in China that will partner with the school on policies and programs to reduce smoking.
care award
Ephraim McDowell MedSource in Kentucky has been named a quality respiratory care under the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition program, which began in 2003.
breo ellipta
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance, Inc, have announced that Breo Ellipta has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the once-daily treatment of asthma in patients ages 18 years and older.
senior vaccine
The findings of a Veterans Affairs study shows the high dose version of a flu vaccine may be more effective than a standard vaccine for those 85 years or older.
inhaler
Persons with COPD and high blood eosinophil can significantly benefit from the use of inhaled corticosteroids, according to a recent study.
brain study
A team of neuroscientists have identified circuitry in the brain responsible for the increased anxiety often experienced during withdrawal from nicotine addiction.
BandB-Bubbler-500
Current bubble CPAP products available on the market enable respiratory therapists to deliver vital care to newborns and infants.
smartphone app
Novartis has plans to roll out the Volari COPD app to 10 countries this year. The app intends to improve patient-physician communication.
ventilated patient
Reducing hospital readmissions is a major issue in US healthcare, but as in everything else in medicine, there is no one size fit all solution.
AAT extraction
A biotech company has developed a method to extract the needed Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) for the treatment of the genetic type of COPD.
prison-cells-600
E-cigarettes are a cash cow for county jails that receive commissions for every e-cig sold in the jail's commissary.
pulse oximetry
The legislation was signed into law on last week and requires that all of the state’s newborns – nearly 87,000 per year — will get a pulse oximetry test.
vaccine
Starting in 2016, Australian parents who choose not to vaccinate their children will no longer be eligible for certain welfare benefits.
lung cancer
The widespread use of cloth masks by healthcare workers may actually put them at increased risk of respiratory illness and viral infections and their global use should be discouraged.
e-cig liquid
The North Carolina Senate has passed a bipartisan bill that would make child-resistant packaging and warning labels mandatory for liquids used with electronic-cigarette vaporizers.
no smoking
Researchers say that although global efforts to reduce tobacco use have had some success, more can be done to reduce smoking-related deaths.
e-cigarette
A column by the editorial board of the The New York Times examines the dangers of e-cigarettes and the use of e-cigarettes by middle and high school students.
lung cancer surgery
New research shows individuals with low income and limited education have higher odds of death within one month after undergoing lung cancer surgery.
yellow vaccine
Receipt of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine was not associated with increased risk of autism spectrum disorders, even for children who had an older sibling with autism, according to a study of nearly 100,000 children, published in JAMA.