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Grants to Improve Respiratory Health Worldwide

The American Thoracic Society Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Thoracic Society, was established in 2004 to raise funds for the ATS Foundation Research Program. Through the Research Program, the ATS Foundation invests in talented investigators from around the world, launching careers dedicated to scientific discovery and better patient care.

The awardees explore such diverse topics as lung cancer, asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, COPD, sleep apnea, and more.

Medicare payments to 751 hospitals to penalize for patients

According to a study, more than half also were punished last year through the penalty, which was created by the Affordable Care Act and began four years ago. The program is designed as a financial incentive for hospitals to avoid infections and other mishaps, such as blood clots and bedsores. Hospitals that treat large proportions of low-income people also were fined more than hospitals with a more affluent patient base, the analysis found. About a third of those safety-net hospitals were penalized.

Excesss Fat Disrupts Heart Cells' Ability To Produce Energy

The heart cells’ ability to produce energy could be disrupted if the heart consists of excess fat levels. The researchers from the University of Iowa study identified this condition. Researchers believe the mechanism may contribute to the two- to five-fold increased risk of heart failure in people with diabetes.