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May 2010 - Posts

ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views

Internet Computer Program Yields Positive Results
May 28, 2010 1:32 PM by Vern Enge
For years, caregivers have been able to track the health progress of their asthmatic patients via various telephone links. The programs in place monitor variables ranging from peak flows and drug usage to asthma triggers. But older programs may someday Read More...
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BPA Linked to Various Health Problems
May 25, 2010 7:52 AM by Vern Enge
You can't taste it, smell it, or feel it, but the chemical Bisphonel A (more commonly known as BPA) may be having more of an impact on your life than imagined. BPA has been previously linked to cancer, developmental problems, and erectile dysfunction; Read More...
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Study Looks at Efficacy and Safety of Omalizumab
May 19, 2010 4:53 PM by Sharlene George
A late-breaking clinical abstract presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in New Orleans May 18 demonstrated that omalizumab (Xolair®, Novartis and Genentech) reduced the rate of asthma exacerbations by 25 percent in high-risk Read More...
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Take a Virtual Journey Into the Lungs
May 18, 2010 8:58 AM by Sharlene George
First, there's a rumble. Then comes a booming voice: "It is a silent killer." Next, riders are shuttling toward planet Earth on an interactive voyage aimed to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The 20-seat state-of-the-art mobile Read More...
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Vitamin E: Possible Preventative Strategy for COPD
May 17, 2010 10:10 AM by Sharlene George
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease once carried a hopeless prognosis, and few physicians could imagine a simple, low-risk intervention. That perspective is a thing of the past, as evidenced by an intriguing study presented at a press conference held Read More...
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Take a Closer Look at Cutting Asthma Costs
May 17, 2010 8:30 AM by Vern Enge
Any way you want to look at it, the costs associated with treating childhood are astronomical. And they are going to climb even higher unless something drastic can be done to curb the run-away increase in the number of children impacted by this most prevalent Read More...
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4 CFC Inhalers To Be Discontinued This Year
May 14, 2010 10:37 AM by Vern Enge
Four of seven currently available asthma and COPD metered-dose inhalers that use chlorofluorocarbons (CDCs) as propellants are due to be phased out by the end of the year. The remaining three will be phased out by the end of 2013. Phase-out of CFC-containing Read More...
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Million-Dollar Court Award Defines Timely Medical Care
May 12, 2010 2:42 PM by Vern Enge
There are some pretty serious legal ramifications for determining the timeliness of providing medical care in the aftermath of a $1 million award a jury gave in a provider negligence court case in Clinton, Iowa, last week. At the center of the court case Read More...
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Households Harbor Unique Combinations of Dust Particles
May 10, 2010 9:10 AM by Vern Enge
There are only two types of dust, claimed a humor writer once upon a time. There is black dust that attaches itself to white surfaces and white dust that accumulates on dark surfaces . Ah, if only life could be that simple. Unfortunately, it isn't. In Read More...
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What's Not to Love About Respiratory Care?
May 7, 2010 9:30 AM by Vern Enge
Respiratory therapy is currently one of the top 10 jobs offering the greatest return on investment, according to U.S. News and World Report. And what's not to love about the profession? First of all, therapists earn considerable satisfaction in treating Read More...
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How Does Your Salary Measure Up?
May 6, 2010 10:10 AM by test test
What's a fair wage for respiratory therapists and sleep professionals after this year of economic turmoil? What type of benefits are hospitals and health systems now providing? How long are students job searching before finding their first position? We Read More...
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European Asthma Consortium Launches R&D Info Web Site
May 5, 2010 3:29 PM by Vern Enge
Are all asthmatics alike? Can severe asthmatics be treated the same as individuals with mild forms? These are interesting questions currently being asked in pulmonary circles everywhere and ones that have considerable bearing on new therapies under consideration. Read More...
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The Beat Goes on at Organ Donor Programs
May 4, 2010 11:53 AM by Mike Bederka
National Donate Life Month came to a close last week with 107,267 people left on the waiting list for life-saving organ transplants. Few respiratory therapists work directly for transplant programs; however, their patients may include those awaiting transplants Read More...
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