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July 2010 - Posts

ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views

Another Study Links Violence to Asthma
July 28, 2010 2:11 PM by Vern Enge
Most therapists are aware of areas of town where knife and gun club activities fill the streets with blood and regularly punctuate the serenity of nighttime hours with gunshots. These dangerous neighborhoods send a steady stream of torn and punctured Read More...
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What Will Patients Find in Their Medical Records?
July 22, 2010 3:34 PM by Vern Enge
As a respiratory therapist, you are constantly adding data to your patients' medical records. Ostensibly that information will be seen only by other caregivers to help provide optimal care. Don't be too sure on that count. Increasingly the info is being Read More...
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Stolen Inhalers Hit Supply Chain
July 20, 2010 7:54 AM by Mike Bederka
Be on the lookout for stolen Advair Diskus inhalers that have hit the supply chain. More than 25,000 inhalers were pinched in August 2009 from drug maker GlaxoSmithKline's distribution center near Richmond, Va. The stolen medicine may pose a health risk, Read More...
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Asthma Drug Compliance Needs Lots of Attention
July 19, 2010 8:39 AM by Mike Bederka
By Vern Enge Asthma patients may be more prone to take their medications if their doctors keep close tabs on them, report researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The researchers looked at the likelihood of patients taking inhaled corticosteroid Read More...
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Vitamin D Impacts Asthma Severity in Nation
July 14, 2010 3:41 PM by Vern Enge
Nearly seven of 10 children in the U.S. have low blood levels of vitamin D coursing through their bodies, and this may partially account for an upswing in the growing number of asthmatics in the nation. "We expected the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency Read More...
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Pollution Impacts Asthmatics on Several Levels
July 9, 2010 8:32 PM by Vern Enge
Air pollution may impact the lives of asthmatics in more than one way, according to several recent studies. On one level, pollution exacerbates the seriousness of asthma attacks caused by viruses. On another, pollution decreases the effectiveness of asthma Read More...
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New Information System Helps Patients Track Care
July 7, 2010 3:26 PM by Vern Enge
Here's a fast quiz for you. What are the names and doses of any medications you are currently taking? When is your next medical exam scheduled? When was the last time you had a tetanus booster? Do you remember all the vital info about your family health Read More...
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Mold and Asthma Go Hand in Hand
July 2, 2010 12:17 PM by Vern Enge
Considerable interest has been generated of late linking mold to severe asthma exacerbations, thanks to a recently released study by Ann Wu, of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and colleagues. That study, published in Read More...
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Ozone and Pollution Send Asthmatic Kids to Hospitals
July 1, 2010 9:52 AM by Vern Enge
"Summer time, and the living is easy," proclaims a popular song from the Gershwin musical, Porgy and Bess. It's also a time for youngsters, including asthmatics, to spend a lot of time outdoors where they are exposed to increased levels of ground-level Read More...
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