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  • 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
  • Asthma in Schools

    Ads are appearing all over for back to school sales, book and supply drives, and other activities aimed at arming students with the necessary equipment to return to school. The school year is closer than you think and before long, those big yellow buses will be filled again, going to and from the local school house. To my dismay, one of the things ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on July 21, 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
  • End to Tuberculosis?

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a plan to eradicate turberculosis (TB) from 33 countries and territories by 2050. In 2012, about 1.3 million people died from TB, with another 8.6 million falling ill. A benchmark set by WHO sets a goal of fewer than 10 cases per million people in the target areas, which include the United States. ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on July 7, 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
  • New Respiratory Disease Is a Killer

    A new, deadly disease has killed at least 93 people, many of them healthcare workers. The Middle East Respiratory Symdrome (MERS) appears to originate in Saudi Arabia. It is a viral respiratory illness that has been around since 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-SoV. Infected people develop fever, cough and shortness of breath, so as ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on May 5, 2014
  • Here Come the Pollen Vortex

    Well, here it comes. Are you ready? This winter we heard the term ''polar vortex'' a lot, but now get ready for the ''pollen vortex.'' Grab the tissues because the worst winter in years may give birth to the worst allergy season in years, too.  Imagine you are a tree. All winter long, you sat there patiently, waiting to release all that ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on April 14, 2014
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