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New research reveals although eighty percent of physically active adults say they desire eight or more hours of sleep per night, only 41% actually do.

Commissioned by mattress maker Nodical Bed, the study explored sleep patterns and attitudes among adults who self-identify as highly health conscious and regularly engage in activities such as running, ...


 
June 22, 2015 9:03 AM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

Even though the use of CPAP has been around for a while, we are still discovering the varied applications for which the devices can be used. One long-term effect of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be an increased risk for cardiac disease and stroke. A cardiac program by the World Health Organization says that OSA can increase the risk associated with cardiac disease and stroke by two times, and should be considered ...

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Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital and Merck have built the beginnings of "digital phenotype" of insomnia and other sleep disorders based on data from Twitter. Published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the study is one of the first to look at relationships between social media use and sleep issues, and-based on assessments the sentiments expressed in users' tweets-gives preliminary ...


 

By Bruce Merchant, MD

Science tells us that new viral mutations are occurring all the time. Many of these mutations are effectively neutral and are of little importance but, every now and again, a mutation will occur in a virus which gives it a major biological advantage.

For a virus, that's the ability to infect a host and to go on successfully doing so in one host after another. ...


 

Many people who waited eagerly for the day they could stop working and enjoy a leisurely retirement find that the reality doesn't match their dreams.

"Some people are not prepared financially or mentally to retire," says Michael Bivona, a retired CPA and author of the book "Retiring? Beware!! Don't Run Out of Money and Don't Become Bored" (www.michaelbivonabooks.com).

He suggests a part-time ...


 
June 1, 2015 2:24 PM by Victoria Florentine of An RT Paradigm Shift

One of the important changes in how we render care involves patient self-management education.  It is incumbent upon all respiratory care practitioners to instruct our patients in the self-management skills they need to help them continue their recovery after they leave our facility, and to help them prevent needless rehospitalization.  This is a significant component in the demonstration of the high ...

 

Easter Seals is marking World No Tobacco Day on May 31, by launching a national smoking cessation program to help veterans, people with disabilities and caregivers live healthier, tobacco-free lives.

Funding for the new program is supported by a $400,000 grant from the CVS Health Foundation. CVS stopped selling cigarettes in its stores nationwide on October 1 last year. 

The cessation ...


 

Newly released research conducted by the Better Sleep Council (BSC) shows Americans are conflicted in their thoughts about sleep. The survey found that a large majority of people understand that sleep is necessary to recharge, restore and refresh. However, when asked about their feelings toward sleep, their answers become more complex and polarized.

The survey, administered during April 2015 in support of the ...

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May 4, 2015 9:50 AM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

 A new study by scientists at Cardiff University in Wales say they have isolated the root cause of asthma. If true, this could lead to relief for the millions suffering with the condition. Using mice and human airway tissue, the scientists proved that calcium sensing receptors (CaSR) are the problem. The CaSR is overactive in asthmatics, causing the person to experience coughing, wheezing, tightness in the ...


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Premier healthcare innovation marketplace, Edison Nation Medical, and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), have announced a global search to uncover innovations for improving aerosol therapy for patients with respiratory disorders.

Inhaled therapy has been routinely employed ...


 

No amount of cleaning can eliminate animal allergens. Billions of them are present in every home (even those without pets). Vacuuming and scrubbing can reduce the count momentarily, but within seconds they usually start to accumulate again.

Nevertheless, pet owners with allergies do have options.

Amazing Solutions, the online shopping site of Premiere Enterprises, a California-based manufacturer ...


 
April 13, 2015 9:05 AM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

I never meant to switch. The gas station I always went to in the small town closed down for a while because of a fire, and I just started going to the only other station in town. Many times, people switch for better and much more common reasons than that. In healthcare, today's climate is all about offering a wide range of services. Well-funded corporate hospitals can afford to do it, and normally leave smaller, city-run ...

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By Ted Hill, MBE, CEO, The British Polio Fellowship

The recent news that 107 children in the U.S. have been left paralyzed from what is being described as a "Polio-like disease" is deeply concerning.

It offers a ...


 
April 7, 2015 7:48 AM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

I have been reading over the weekend about negotiations between some 1,600 nurses and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The hospital reached an agreement with the nurses extending contracts three years. My question for readers are: 1) have you ever worked under a labor agreement forged through a union and 2) do you believe unions have a place in healthcare?

Healthcare is hard work. In the last 20 ...


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3B Medical Inc., a sleep therapy equipment maker, this week filed suit against competitor ResMed alleging several antitrust violations, reportedly including trying to create a monopoly by "choosing winners and losers in the CMS competitive bidding process by preferential pricing" and bullying ...


 
March 30, 2015 1:24 PM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

There is a new wave in diagnosing your patient coming, and you need to be aware of it. It is "self-diagnosis," specifically the kind done based on internet research. With the advent of computers, smart phones and "an app" for nearly everything, sites like the Mayo Clinic's Symptom Checker, WebMD, and MedicineNet have become even more popular. People simply put in their symptoms on the site, and a diagnosis can be ...


 

MRC Technology, an independent life science research charity, recently announced a 'call for targets' to find new therapeutic concepts for treatment of respiratory disease.

The worldwide call to academic ...


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March 24, 2015 12:42 PM by Victoria Florentine of An RT Paradigm Shift

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and throughout the country, survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their loved ones are participating in grass roots efforts to raise awareness and generate financial support for much-needed treatments. Throughout the country, healthcare professionals are working together to develop innovative strategies and advanced technologies to assist those who suffer from the enduring ...

 
March 23, 2015 11:00 AM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

Here in Missouri, the spring weather is trying to break through the winter frost. People are kicking their exercise routines into high gear, excited to be outside and enjoying the sunshine. For many, it is hard to get started while winter is still looming outside the window. Well-meaning New Year's resolutions to drop a few pounds and inches give way to cabin fever, and the workout and diet both get pushed to the side ...

 
March 16, 2015 10:30 AM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

I was finally able to get the motorcycle out of the garage yesterday and put some miles on it. About 350 or so. Nice weather, light winds; it was great. I saw many other motorcycle enthusiasts out yesterday, too, after a long hiatus for the winter. Depending on where you are, the weather is just now getting motorcycle-friendly. Here in Missouri, cold temperatures are finally starting to give way to the sunshine, ...


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March 9, 2015 11:03 AM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

I want all of my readers to know I consider you friends. That is why I am going to tell you what I am going to tell you. You are my friends, and I count on your support. I have an addiction. It started innocently enough; just here and there really. I had the mindset so popular with people dealing with addiction of "I can quit any time I want." That simply was not true. Denial is usually the first stage.

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March 2, 2015 12:59 PM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

 

"It is not logical, Jim." Those word were so memorably uttered to Star Trek's Capt.James Kirk by his colleague Mr. Spock, played by actor Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy passed away last week at the age of 83. A talented actor, director, poet, photographer and all around good guy known mostly for his role in the original Star Trek series, Nimoy made the show with his stoic, ultra-logical ...


 
February 23, 2015 9:28 AM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

We are at a crossroads in this country. In one direction, we move to what we think the people want. The other road moves to what is safe for the people.The question over the next several years is which road we should take.The players are marijuana and electronic cigarettes. It seemingly became more tolerable to have legal pot and less tolerable to let people "vape" in 2014, making for an interesting 2015.      ...


 

All babies in the U.S. have a newborn blood screen. Newborn screens are run by each state.  All states test for sickle cell, metabolic, endocrine disorders and nearly all screen for cystic fibrosis (CF).  Other states may choose to test for more disease processes in the newborn blood screens. 


 
February 17, 2015 3:59 PM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

New studies are showing that teenagers get less sleep than they may need. Many teens get less than seven hours of sleep a night. Some rate themselves as getting even less than that, and certainly less than the recommended eight to 10 hours. A lack of sleep can result in a loss of focus, pimples, mood swings, weight gain, substance abuse and trouble in school.

This opens up a field I have not heard of ...


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