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The key to an inherited deficiency that predisposes some people to emphysema and other lung conditions could lie in their Viking ancestry, according to Nature: Scientific Reports.
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Investigators found patterns of new opioid use among older adults with COPD that have the potential to augment possible negative drug-related effects.
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Marijuana use over time was associated with remembering fewer words from a list but it did not appear to affect other areas of cognitive function, a JAMA Internal Medicine study reported.
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Michael Moore has been in intensive care all week at a New York hospital with pneumonia, and was forced to cancel all promotional stops for his new movie.
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A new study that investigated the levels of benzaldehyde inhaled from e-cigarettes showed that the cherry flavor has higher levels of benzaldehyde and may pose more of a health risk.
farm milk asthma
Children who drink fresh, unprocessed farm milk on a regular basis are less likely to develop asthma, but researchers cautioned against drinking raw milk.
emergency room visits
Data from a study reveals that infectious diseases account for 13.5% of emergency room visits of older adults.
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Boehringer Ingelheim has announced that Spiriva Respimat is now available by prescription in US pharmacies for the treatment of asthma.
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Among current and former smokers, the presence of excessive airway collapse (in the trachea) during expiration is associated with worse respiratory quality of life, according to a JAMA study.
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Geographical areas that have an NFL team advance to the Super Bowl had an 18% spike in flu-related deaths among people above the age of 65.
patient monitoring
A new study suggests that patients in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) with a high risk for respiratory adverse events should be monitored for both etCO2 and pulse oximetry using the Integrated Pulmonary Index (IPI).
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Abbott Laboratories has agreed to acquire diagnostic-test company Alere Inc for $5.8 billion, according to multiple news reports.
mechanical ventilation
Administration of acetazolamide did not reduce the duration of invasive mechanical ventilation among patients with COPD and metabolic alkalosis in a recent study.
smoking mental disorder
Younger people who smoke are more likely to have a psychiatric or substance use disorder compared with those who began smoking in earlier decades.
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Genentech has received the rights to AMG 282, an antibody that scrambles the connection between two biomarkers pegged for their role in a variety of lung ailments.
research partnership
The Mayo Clinic has partnered with CysticLife.org, a social network for the cystic fibrosis community, to conduct a large cystic fibrosis exercise study.
lung cancer screening
Compared to the general population, African American and Puerto Rican children are at higher risk of developing asthma and the cases are usually more severe.
stem cell therapy COPD
A recent report discusses a study that showed stem cell therapy can improve quality of life and pulmonary function in patients with lung diseases.
lung cancer screening
A Mayo Clinic study suggests that lung cancer screenings should be expanded to include individuals who quit smoking more than 15 years ago in order to detect more cases.
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New research shows that a classification and regression tree for patients with COPD exacerbation identified the patient's mortality risk when admitted to the emergency department.