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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.
3d printing
The University of Michigan Health System has created a customized CPAP mask designed to improve breathing efficiency by utilizing 3D printing technology.
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Mucus dehydration may lead to reduced mucociliary clearance and symptoms of chronic bronchitis, according to new research published in AJRCCM.
flu outbreak
According to new research, a new process that tracked infected patients by address simplified the detection of influenza outbreaks at long-term care facilities.
e-cigarette
A new study found that third generation of e-cigarettes can produce higher levels of aldehydes but only under extreme conditions that smokers can be expected to avoid.
soy isoflavones
A randomized trial of children and adults revealed that the use of soy isoflavone did not result in improved lung function or clinical outcomes in asthma patients.
recognition
LifeCare Hospitals of North Carolina was granted Quality Respiratory Care Recognition under a national program started by the American Association for Respiratory Care.
electronic cigarettes
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.
novartis
Novartis' investigational combination indacaterol/glycopyrronium bromide therapy for COPD performed better than its constituent components in a Phase III clinical trial.
traffic pollution
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.