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avian flu research
Researchers have developed vaccines for H5N1 and H7N9, which are two strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans.
medical news
A study reveals that increases in systemic inflammation predict more frequent exacerbations in patients with asthma and airway Interluekin-1β in patients with COPD.
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The FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) will hold its third and final public workshop to obtain information on electronic cigarettes and the public health on June 1-2, 2015.
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The US FDA has approved Stiolto Respimat (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) Inhalation Spray as a long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with COPD.
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Michigan authorities say several seizure-inducing overdoses have been traced to a synthetic cannabis solution called "Darth Vapor" used in e-cigarettes.
California scientists test Ecstasy as anxiety-reducer for gravely ill
California scientists are testing whether the illegal psychoactive drug commonly known as Ecstasy could help alleviate anxiety for terminally ill patients.
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Novartis' investigational combination indacaterol/glycopyrronium bromide therapy for COPD performed better than its constituent components in a Phase III clinical trial.
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For a small percentage of chronic lung disease patients, the environment -- not smoking or genetics -- plays the primary role in their development of the disease.
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Emergency departments will feel negative impacts from the changeover to the new ICD-10 coding system, which will have more than 68,000 codes.
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Several cases among a multistate outbreak of variant influenza A (H3N2) in 2012 may have resulted from swine exposure during an Ohio agricultural fair.
rural
Research presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference indicates that living in a rural area and being poor are risk factors for COPD.
heart disease
According to new research, COPD is associated with an increased risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease, such as heart failure, as well as conditions not associated with the heart.
FDA approves expanded use of Kalydeco for CF
A combination of the drugs Kalydeco (ivacaftor) and lumacaftor successfully treated the defective CF protein, improved lung function, and helped reduce pulmonary exacerbations by 40%.
paramedics
New plans designed to cut costs and improve patient care involve using specially trained paramedics in order to reduce avoidable trips to the emergency room.
budesonide inhalation
A new study reveals that methylprednisolone and budesonide inhalation suspension showed limited differences in young patients with bronchial asthma attacks.
MERS
A fresh alert has been issued for Middle East respiratory syndrome by the Saudi Health Ministry, as 12 new cases were reported between May 10 and May 16.
medicine
According to new data, the use of ibuprofen or acetaminophen did not affect the length of a hospital stay for children with asthma.
esbriet
In three clinical trials, Genentech's new idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis drug Esbriet (pirfenidone) significantly reduced loss of lung function in nearly 50% of participants.
dupilumab trial
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi revealed positive results from a study of dupilumab in adult patients with asthma.
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Percepta Bronchial Genomic Classifier, a new diagnostic test from Veracyte Inc, can assess a person's risk for lung cancer.