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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Know the Facts About Smoking

    New studies are proving that banning smoking in areas such as public places, bars and industries can help people quit. Even those who ban smoking in their own homes can have a positive impact on helping people stop. While many bans have met with controversy, they do seem to work. Of course, the first ingredient for stopping smoking successfully ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on February 10, 2014
  • Will Ultrasound Replace Stethoscopes?

    A pair of prominent New York City cardiologists are now touting the use of ultrasound technology for bedside patient evaluation. They claim it will soon replace the stethoscope, a staple of medicine since its invention in 1816. Ultrasound, which came about in the 1950s, allows a practitioner to ''see'' the problem rather than depending on hearing ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on January 27, 2014
  • Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act

    This year, the AARC will start lobbying in earnest for House Resolution 2619; the Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act, known as HR 2619. It is a part of a long-term strategy to improve the presence of respiratory therapists on Capitol Hill and in a hospital, DME, or doctor's office near you.  I spoke with Sheryl West of the AARC about ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on January 13, 2014
  • Natural Aids to Quitting Smoking

    One of the more common New Year's resolutions is to stop smoking. Any time is a good time to quit. Some make it a pledge for the new year, while others take advantage of the Great American Smokeout. Others use birthdays, anniversaries,or other holidays. If your New Year's resolution was to be a quitter, you may be interested to know of some ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on January 6, 2014
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