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  • Aisle 3: Asthma Treatment

    Could the local Walgreen's or CVS become your asthma patients' first stop when they need an allergy shot or nebulizer treatment? It certainly seems like that's what the pharmacy giants are hoping. With retail sales floundering, outpatient medical care services down, and the economy still in a sad state, both companies are expanding the services ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on June 23, 2009
  • Respiratory Care: What a Tweet?

    This morning, Sherman Health in Elgin, Ill. simulcast the first surgery ever on Twitter and Facebook. With one twitter-ready computer, a mini HD camera, a mini DV camera, digital SLR, and two iPhones present,. Raja Chatterji, MD and Humberto Lamoutte, MD, performed a total hysterectomy using a high-tech surgical robot.  Tweet by tweet, status ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on April 2, 2009
  • Sending wishes of lung cancer to your friends

    Chinese health officials are celebrating the New Year with an anti-smoking campaign to end the tradition of giving cigarettes as gifts. The campaign from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention stresses that giving such gifts is like ''sending wishes of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases to your friends.''The country grows ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on January 28, 2009
  • Live from AARC: 'Tis the Season to Speak Out

    Economic troubles have many pinching their pennies and cutting down their gift lists this holiday season. But this year, there's at least one valuable gift respiratory specialists can give their profession without spending a dime: their voice. While many health care professionals feel helpless with competitive bidding and oxygen caps looming ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on December 16, 2008
  • ACAAI 2008: Embracing the Challenges of Change

    In keeping with the College's theme for this year's meeting, ''Embracing the Challenges of Change,'' ACAAI President-Elect Rich Gower, MD, welcomed attendees at this morning's opening ceremony and encouraged them to broaden their horizons in allergy, asthma, and immunology. As you all know, the practice of medicine is undergoing a lot of change, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on November 8, 2008
  • Can Barack Please Have a Cigarette?

    That's how graduate student and writer Paul Devlin started off his open letter to Michelle Obama at the end of April. He went as far as saying that the future of the free world and perhaps Barack Obama's campaign depends on him getting his nicotine fix: Maybe he could have one this weekend? He really needs to win Indiana. Also, keep in ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on June 24, 2008
  • Dear Abby Advises Smoker on How to Refuse Quitting Advice

    Nowadays, the pressure is on for smokers to quit - but some feel their habit and its health risks are no one's business but their own. Dear Abby published a letter from ''Not Ready to Kick the Butts in Kenosha,'' a smoker who was sick of hearing lectures about why he should quit. He asked how to politely tell the concerned individuals to ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on June 21, 2008
  • Online community protests over inhaler switch

    It seemed as if the switch from CFC inhalers to HFA inhalers would go off without a hitch.Manufacturers increased production to prevent shortages, and the American Lung Association even produced a public service announcement announcing the change.But now, a backlash is forming. A small group of people with asthma is raising a commotion online - ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on April 24, 2008
  • New York launches powerful antismoking ads

    Combating an industry that has spent decades building an image that smoking is cool, New York City is airing gruesome images of suffering and disfigurement on television and in subways and taxis. New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has launched a series of commercials profiling a Bronx woman - Marie - who has had nearly ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on April 17, 2008
  • Don’t be a fool, stay in school…it might help you quit smoking.

    Education level affects smokers' responses to TV ads that promote smoking cessation, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin. Researchers surveyed 452 adult smokers of different socioeconomic and educational levels and found better-educated smokers are more likely to respond to TV ads that encourage them to quit. However, they ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on April 1, 2008
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