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  • 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
  • Make the Right Impression on Patients

    As medical professionals, it is important that we project a certain image to our patients. We need to be professional, intelligent, curious and caring -- all at the same time. The biggest detractor we face is our interactions with other professionals, which are sometimes in a very unprofessional manner. The therapist at the nurses' desk chatting ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on September 2, 2014
  • Depression's Impact on Therapy

    It makes sense. Depressed people have trouble completing pulmonary rehabilitation. Depression hits so many, and comes in so many different forms. Researchers at the Miriam Hospital have seen a big rate of ''non-completers,'' as they are called, in their pulmonary rehab programs, and those working in rehab facilities should take note. COPDer's ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on July 14, 2014
  • Are We at Risk for TB?

    A new study indicates that people on corticosteroids may be more prone to TB than we thought. Dr. Nicholas Vozoris, a respirologist at St. Michael's Hospital, concludes that people on drugs such as prednisone be screened more often. Prednisone, it seems, can turn latent TB into active TB. These patients are also screened for TB much less often. ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on June 30, 2014
  • When RTs Are Laid Off

    An item has shown up on the Kentucky Society for Respiratory Care Facebook page, one that I hope does not signify a trend. KentuckyOne Health, based in Lexington, has decided to remove respiratory therapists from the emergency rooms of some of their facilities. About 20 therapists have been laid off, among 500 total. Two hundred other ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on May 27, 2014
  • COPD Exacerbated by High Temps

    Now that the weather is getting warmer, it is time for respiratory therapists to consider ''adaptive therapy'' for their COPD patients. We have known for some time that people affected by COPD do not fare well when the summer heat comes to town. We told our patients that they need to stay indoors if possible. A new study presented at the 2014 ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on May 19, 2014
  • Could Ginseng Help Fight RSV?

    Researchers at Georgia State University have discovered that ginseng my help treat and prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages and ginseng, a well-known herbal medicine, may be beneficial in stopping the virus and the symptoms that go along with it. Ginseng has also been ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on May 12, 2014
  • Measles Make a Return

    Now there is something ''old'' to look out for. A resurgence of measles is underway in California. Orange County officials are saying it is the worst outbreak in decades. The measles are very contagious, and usually start with a fever, cough, runny nose, and pink eye. It progresses to a rash and can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis, and brain ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on March 31, 2014
  • Is Your Stethoscope Contaminated?

     A recent study reminds us of the importance of cleaning our equipment. While healthcare has made a big push on cleaning hands, offering hand sanitizing gels in our hallways for workers and guests, insisting on routine hand washing between patients, and other preventative measures to reduce the transmission of germs, we often forget about the ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on March 10, 2014
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