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April 2010 - Posts

ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views

Hope Expected Soon in Battle Against RSV
April 30, 2010 9:16 AM by Vern Enge
Upwards of 200,000 children under age 5 die annually because of lower respiratory tract infections caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Scottish researchers report in Lancet this month. That's only part of the story, however. There are approximately Read More...
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FDA Approves First Non-Drug Asthma Therapy
April 28, 2010 5:04 PM by Vern Enge
Patients struggling to control severe, persistent asthma have a new non-drug weapon at their disposal. The Food and Drug Administration this week approved the use of Asthmatx Inc.'s Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty System for treating patients whose asthma Read More...
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To Google Or Not To Google?
April 27, 2010 10:47 AM by test test
Have you ever Googled your patients or requested their friendship on Facebook? What would patients find if they Googled you? And would you accept a Facebook friend request from a patient? Our sister publication ADVANCE for Physician Assistants posted Read More...
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Researchers Find Asthma by Using Electronic Nose
April 23, 2010 1:55 PM by Vern Enge
Technology used in devices like the Breathalyzer since 1954 may be harnessed in the near future to provide a quick, sure diagnosis for asthma. Using what has been termed an electronic nose (EN), Italian researchers were able to spot more cases of asthma Read More...
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Icelandic Volcano Ash Isn't Threat to U.S. Residents
April 21, 2010 5:04 PM by Vern Enge
While the clouds of ash spewing from an Icelandic volcano have brought airline traffic to a halt throughout northern Europe, the volcano's impact on the United States is expected to be minimal health-wise, according to comments from Jeff Osiensky of the Read More...
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A Respiratory Therapist's Update from Haiti
April 15, 2010 4:55 PM by test test
Two respiratory therapists from Georgia, Michael Cooper, RRT, and Brenda Cooper, RRT, were just returning from Haiti the same week that an article appeared on the ADVANCE website about respiratory therapists and pulmonologists who provided health care Read More...
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What's Your Favorite Remedy for Seasonal Allergies?
April 9, 2010 10:40 AM by Vern Enge
So far, my seasonal allergies have not kicked in (knock on wood). There is no sneezing, wheezing, whining, itchy eyes, or sniffles from this camp. That is subject to change, of course. Prognosticators are already warning this could be one of the worst Read More...
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Have You Completed Your Living Will?
April 7, 2010 3:34 PM by Vern Enge
You're young. You're healthy. You do not engage in risky behavior. You're going to live to the ripe old age of 95. "I don't need a living will," you tell yourself. "I don't need advance directives for my end-of-life decisions because I'm a long way from Read More...
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Can Vitamin-Rich Diets Prevent Asthma Attacks?
April 2, 2010 10:50 AM by Vern Enge
Can asthma be controlled through the use of vitamins? A recent study of Japanese school children indicates vitamin D supplements taken during the winter and early spring can indeed help prevent asthma attacks. In a study of 167 children led by Mitsuyoshi Read More...
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