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  • Imagine Printing Inventory on Demand

      Technology has changed exponentially in recent years. Just consider the apps available on your smart phone today compared to what was available just 5 or ten short years ago. In fact the term disruptive technology was coined to describe any new technology that comes along and is so significant and innovative that it ''disrupts'' the status ...
  • Lay Off the PSA, USA Medical Panel Advises

    The US Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that healthy men should not be routinely screened with the PSA test. There has been a buzz that this decision was in the offing for several years now, so the final ruling is not a surprise to  many. The logic of course is that the test has a high degree of nonspecificity and is ...
  • From the AARC Congress: Keynote Speaker Urges RTs to Improve Patient-Centered Care

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality wants to hear from you. The invitation came from AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, during the keynote address Monday at the American Association for Respiratory Care's 56th International Respiratory Congress. Dr. Clancy focused on the importance of patient-centered outcomes research. In ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on December 7, 2010
  • Data Mining

    One of the advantages of an information system is it makes data mining possible, extracting patterns from large databases to predict future trends. Typically, it’s associated with obscured or hidden information. A standard model called CRISP-DM has developed in the last decade, consisting of the following stages: Business ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on September 20, 2010
  • European Asthma Consortium Launches R&D Info Web Site

    Are all asthmatics alike? Can severe asthmatics be treated the same as individuals with mild forms? These are interesting questions currently being asked in pulmonary circles everywhere and ones that have considerable bearing on new therapies under consideration. Not surprisingly, the questions are international in scope because asthma concerns ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on May 5, 2010
  • FDA Approves First Non-Drug Asthma Therapy

    Patients struggling to control severe, persistent asthma have a new non-drug weapon at their disposal. The Food and Drug Administration this week approved the use of Asthmatx Inc.'s Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty System for treating patients whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists.''After more ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on April 28, 2010
  • Live From NAMDRC: Home Sleep Apnea Testing Controversy

    SAN DIEGO--NAMDRC's 33rd Annual Meeting and Educational Conference kicked off with a ''controversial'' and ''contentious'' topic.''People are worried,'' said Charles Atwood, MD, FCCP, FAASM, professor of medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, during Home Sleep Apnea Testing: State of the Art. ''They feel anxiety on where the future is ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on March 18, 2010
  • Some New Thoughts on ARDS Treatments

    Results of two recent studies may provide respiratory therapists with some flexibility in treating their acute respiratory distress syndrome patients, according to Timothy A. Mullen, RRT, in an article titled ''Beyond ARDS Net: A Two-Study Review Shows a Reduction in Mortality.'' Behind the scenes, he shows how the debate over use of low tidal ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on October 1, 2009
  • FDA Approves Diaphragm-Pacing Device

    Interesting developments for spinal cord injury patients requiring mechanical ventilation. Last month, the FDA approved the NeuRx DPS RA/4 Respiratory Stimulation System, an implantable electronic device that stimulates the diaphragm and allows some SCI patients to breathe for at least four hours a day without a vent. ''While the NeuRx RA/4 does ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on July 22, 2009
  • Spit Happens

    I was speaking to a lady at a party recently and she mentioned her sister had ''a bunch of saliva tests'' done, and one of them indicated she was at risk for Sjögren's syndrome, an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system cells attack the saliva- and tear-producing glands, causing them to become inflamed. Knowing my professional ...
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