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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.

Soon, ...


 
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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February 9, 2015 7:18 AM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

Finally! New York has joined the rest of the United States in approving a law that allows students to carry and self-administer epinephrine auto-injectors and asthma medication. With this, now all 50 states have some kind of right for students affected by asthma and allergies to protect themselves. The next issue is allowing schools to stock epinephrine. 40 states already have those laws, but the other 10 are lagging ...

 
February 3, 2015 12:10 PM by Victoria Florentine of An RT Paradigm Shift

Greg Rittenhouse recently commented on another blog, "Our healthcare costs would plummet if people would take responsibility for their health, rather than relying on physicians to do so."  I could not agree more.  While we cannot blame the rising cost of healthcare and its poor quality on one single factor, Greg hit the nail on the head when it comes to, in my opinion, the biggest reason for our healthcare ...

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February 3, 2015 9:40 AM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

After talking to a former patient of mine, I started thinking about something to which we all get exposed. It is sometimes subtle, and sometimes very obvious, but at some point in health care, all of us will have some experience with it. It is dignity; specifically preserving the dignity of those for whom we care. I can remember several situations when what I was doing, the treatment or test, seemed less than ...


 
January 26, 2015 9:21 AM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

Can someone answer a question for me? What does our government do for a living? Seriously, someone needs to tell me. I consider myself reasonably intelligent, but when the government does "studies" and finds the same information, or non-information, over and over, I am baffled. I mean, just today, an article cites a study that shows that electronic cigarettes, when using a higher voltage battery, produces formaldehyde. ...

 
January 22, 2015 11:31 AM by Victoria Florentine of An RT Paradigm Shift

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes brain damage in two ways: by physical insult to delicate brain tissues, and as the result of delayed inflammatory responses to the initial injury.  The damaged brain tissue (traumatic penumbra) is the site of repair and regeneration, but also the site of damage that occurs up to several days later.  It is the acute inflammatory response, especially neutrophil recruitment, ...

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January 19, 2015 12:38 PM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

This time of year, many are working on New Year's resolutions. As a respiratory therapist, one of your resolutions should be to improve yourself somehow, personally or professionally, and preferably both. It can be hard. For many, work takes up so much time. Not only do you work your regular shifts, but maybe you cover for someone else, or take overtime from time to time get a little extra cash. There is nothing wrong ...

 
January 12, 2015 9:27 AM by Jimmy Thacker of In My Opinion

The television show 60 Minutes is not a comedy, but I had to laugh when it aired last night. Part of the show was dedicated to the Affordable Care Act and what it has and has not accomplished. One of the subjects was that it has not reigned in rising hospital costs. In part, this is due to some chief executive officers of non-profit hospitals and their pay. One short interview was with Jeffrey Romoff, CEO of ...


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