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Air Pollution

Assessing Impact Of Urban Air Pollution With Advanced Instrumentation

A new review of studies on levels of urban exposure to airborne pollutants and their effects on human health suggests that advanced instrumentation and information technology will soon allow researchers and policymakers to gauge the health risks of air pollution on an individual level. In New York City alone, the economic impact of premature death…

Lung Valve Treatment

In Southern California To Offer New Lung Valve Treatment

Eisenhower Health is the first hospital in Southern California to offer a new lung valve treatment for patients with severe COPD/emphysema. Recently approve by the FDA under their “Breakthrough Devices” status, the Zephyr Endobronchial Valve treatment represents a major advancement because it is the first minimally invasive procedure to help emphysema sufferers breathe easier without…

Inhaled Particles

Computational Modeling Of Lung Deposition Of Inhaled Particles

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) accounts for more than 3 million deaths every year. COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death globally and has enormous impact on the society; so patients and their families in terms of cost and quality of life. Tobacco smoking is the main cause for the development of COPD; but…

Asthma Attacks

Study Identifies Why Some Colds Cause Asthma Attacks In Children

Upper respiratory infections remain one of the most common triggers of asthma attacks in children, but not every cold leads to a dangerous worsening of symptoms; so even among children with severe asthma. The reasons for this have mostly gone unanswered for decades; but a new study led by the University of Wisconsin School of…

COPD/emphysema

New Lung Valve Treatment For COPD/Emphysema

Eisenhower Health is the first hospital in Southern California to offer a new lung valve treatment; for patients with severe COPD/emphysema. Recently approved by the FDA under their “Breakthrough Devices” status; the Zephyr Endobronchial Valve treatment represents a major advancement because it is the first minimally invasive procedure; to help emphysema sufferers breathe easier without…

Chronic Airflow

New Review On Relationship Between COPD And Type 2 Diabetes

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by a chronic airflow obstruction that is associated with severe global mortality and morbidity. A team of researchers from USA, led by Chaitanya Mamillapalli, at the Endocrinology department at the Springfield Clinic in Illinois have publish a review on the relationship between COPD and T2 DM in Current…

Children With Asthma

Critical Errors In Inhaler Technique Common In Children With Asthma

In the first study to evaluate inhaler technique in children hospitalized for asthma—the group at highest risk for complications and death from asthma—researchers found that nearly half of participants demonstrate improper inhaler use, which means they routinely were not taking in the full dose of medication. Critical errors in inhaler technique Adolescents most commonly display…

Study Of Asthma

Large Genome Wide Association Study Of Asthma

A large, multi-ethnic genome-wide association study (GWAS) of asthma identified novel associations with potential relevance for asthma susceptibility in older adults of diverse racial backgrounds. The study, “Large-scale, multi-ethnic genome wide association study identifies novel loci contributing to asthma susceptibility in adults,” appears in the April issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Asthma is…

Reminder Bell

Reminder Bell Improves Incentive Spirometer Use After CABG

Following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, compliance with incentive spirometer use was improved by the SpiroTimer, an add-on use tracking device that sounds a reminder bell, researchers say. In an April 10 online paper in JAMA Surgery, Dr. Adam E. M. Eltorai of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and colleagues note that to reduce…

Food Allergies

Food Allergies Can Strike Adulthood Also Childwood

You might be surprised to learn that food allergies can start in adulthood and involve a food you’ve eaten without a problem for your entire life. For adults as well as kids, the top but not the only food culprits are eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish, wheat and soy, according to the American…

Death

Multimorbidity Has A Greater Impact On Risk Of Death

Multimorbidity the presence of two or more long-term health conditions has a greater impact on risk of all causes of death in middle aged men, as opposed to older populations, according to new research. The study, led by the University of Glasgow and published today in BMC Medicine, that multimorbidity is with a higher risk of…

Crackling and wheezing

Crackling And Wheezing Just A Sign Of Sickness

Doctors know they’re the sounds of lung problems, but it turns out they might more than symptoms crackling and wheezing could the sounds of the disease progressing. Recently published a study describing how the mechanics that produce those noises with every breath are likely a cause of injury and inflammation. His conclusion is based on…