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ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views

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...
Time to Evaluate Revised Pulmonary Rehab Rule Impact
March 10, 2010 1:06 PM by Vern Enge
We're almost through the first quarter of 2010, and it's time to evaluate the impact of reimbursement and regulation changes in pulmonary rehabilitation programs. Starting Jan. 1, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted 12 weeks of Read More...
Celebrity NASCAR Event Seeks to Screen 1 Million for COPD
February 5, 2010 10:48 AM by Vern Enge
A major health care effort to screen 1 million people for COPD will kick off later this month, thanks to the combined efforts of NASCAR, the American Lung Association, the COPD Foundation, and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. Organized under a campaign Read More...
Top Tweets of January
February 1, 2010 8:43 AM by Mike Bederka
Here's what readers clicked on most frequently in January. Follow us on Twitter at . * Swine flu might come back strong. Is 3rd wave on horizon? * Exhaled Nitric Oxide Shows Promise For COPD. Read More...
Life Expectancy in U.S. Up
September 2, 2009 4:33 PM by Vern Enge
Children born in 2007 can expect to reach age 78, according to new data released by the National Center for Health Statistics earlier this year. It is part of a trend that has been going on for years. While the increase represents an improvement over Read More...
June 5, 2009 2:24 PM by Colleen Mullarkey
Needless to say, most gamers didn't seem impressed when Nintendo president Satoru Iwata introduced the prototype for the new Wii Vitality Sensor on June 3. But perhaps respiratory professionals might be a little more excited with its potential. The sensor Read More...
It’s All in the Genes
March 26, 2009 4:01 PM by Frank Visco
Researchers at Wake Forest University have suggested genetics may explain why only 25% of long-term smokers develop chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases even though 90 percent of COPD is attributed to smoking. The study considered variations in the Read More...
Deciphering Coding Conundrums
February 13, 2009 2:14 PM by Colleen Mullarkey
The Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) demonstration program proved to be a great success for the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. Medicare already has recouped nearly $1 billion from providers in the five states where the program was launched Read More...
NIH Shows the Money
January 30, 2009 12:32 PM by Frank Visco
The National Institute of Health (NIH), recently released statistics on the monetary support it made to various research, condition, and disease categories based on grants, contracts, and other funding mechanisms in 2008. In all, 215 research/disease Read More...
Mass Spirometry in Young People Proposed in UK
January 20, 2009 12:18 PM by Frank Visco
Mass spirometry for healthy patients in their mid-twenties has been proposed in the United Kingdom's draft clinical strategy for COPD, and is currently being considered by ministers, according to PulseToday. The proposal is interesting, especially in Read More...
CHEST 2008: If the Gene Fits...
October 31, 2008 1:26 PM by Colleen Mullarkey
Some respiratory professionals out there may not have brushed on their knowledge of DNA and gene sequencing since their undergrad or med school days. If that's the case, you might to have a quick refresher because of the landmark COPDGene Study launched Read More...


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