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  • Justifiable Crime?

    Well, it was bound to happen. Respiratory therapists, often characters themselves, have to put up with all kinds of characters in the hospitals and clinics where they work. And while it seems as though nurses get all the glory and physical therapists get all the funding, respiratory therapists get to see the whole spectrum of humanity. Some of the ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on July 28, 2015
  • Value of CPAP Goes Beyond OSA

    Even though the use of CPAP has been around for a while, we are still discovering the varied applications for which the devices can be used. One long-term effect of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be an increased risk for cardiac disease and stroke. A cardiac program by the World Health Organization says that OSA can increase the risk associated ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on June 22, 2015
  • New Hope for Those with Asthma

     A new study by scientists at Cardiff University in Wales say they have isolated the root cause of asthma. If true, this could lead to relief for the millions suffering with the condition. Using mice and human airway tissue, the scientists proved that calcium sensing receptors (CaSR) are the problem. The CaSR is overactive in asthmatics, ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on May 4, 2015
  • Online Medical Advice Can't Replace Face-to-Face Care

    There is a new wave in diagnosing your patient coming, and you need to be aware of it. It is ''self-diagnosis,'' specifically the kind done based on internet research. With the advent of computers, smart phones and ''an app'' for nearly everything, sites like the Mayo Clinic's Symptom Checker, WebMD, and MedicineNet have become even more popular. ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on March 30, 2015
  • Even 'Mr. Spock' Couldn't Beat COPD

      ''It is not logical, Jim.'' Those word were so memorably uttered to Star Trek's Capt.James Kirk by his colleague Mr. Spock, played by actor Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy passed away last week at the age of 83. A talented actor, director, poet, photographer and all around good guy known mostly for his role in the original Star ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on March 2, 2015
  • A Win for Students with Asthma

    Finally! New York has joined the rest of the United States in approving a law that allows students to carry and self-administer epinephrine auto-injectors and asthma medication. With this, now all 50 states have some kind of right for students affected by asthma and allergies to protect themselves. The next issue is allowing schools to stock ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on February 9, 2015
  • Patient Dignity

    After talking to a former patient of mine, I started thinking about something to which we all get exposed. It is sometimes subtle, and sometimes very obvious, but at some point in health care, all of us will have some experience with it. It is dignity; specifically preserving the dignity of those for whom we care. I can remember several ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on February 3, 2015
  • School Nurses Need Support from RTs

    Our children spend 28% of their daytime in school during the academic year, and 14% of their total time between the ages of five and 18 will be sitting at the desk learning the three R's (yes, I know they are no longer taught). Behind the scenes, someone is responding to the 18 million children estimated by the Department of Health and Human ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on January 5, 2015
  • What's Your 'State' of Health?

    I love this time of year. Not because of the holidays, and not because of the crispness in the air. I don't care for either of those. I love it because at this time of year, every year for the past 25 years, a new report from America's Health Rankings comes out. The report, broken down state-by-state, is available online and is hot off the ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on December 15, 2014
  • E-Cigs May Be Worse than Tobacco

    Well, November was quite a month for electronic cigarettes and those who use them. Just as the CDC reported that smoking in the United States has decreased to an all-time low, we also heard that when users recharge their e-cigarettes, malware may be transmitted from the device into their computers. Most e-cig devices are made in China, so who ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on December 1, 2014
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