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Asthma, Pulmonary, respiratory conditions, Noncommunicable disease, Global Health, Lung Health

Forum of International Respiratory Societies Calls for Better Access to Care and Medicines for Asthma

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In support of World Asthma Day, May 2, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), of which the American Thoracic Society is a founding member, urges more availability to effective medications and health care for persons with asthma. It is estimated that between 300 and 400 million people worldwide suffer from asthma and about 250,000 people die each year – that is 1300 deaths every day. Most of them occur in low- and middle income countries. Asthma affects 14 percent of all children worldwide and its prevalence is rising. It is a major cause of school absenteeism and preventable hospital admissions.

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Asthma, respiratory ailments, Asthma Awareness Month, Research, NIH, Niehs

NIH Research Improves Health for People with Asthma

May is Asthma Awareness Month, and the National Institutes of Health is finding solutions to improve the health of the nearly 25 million people in the United States who currently have asthma. In recent decades, the prevalence of asthma has been increasing, resulting in millions of urgent medical visits and missed days of work and school each year.

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Dale Needham, Respiratory Distress, ARDS, Cost, Health Care

The High Cost of Surviving Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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According to a new multicenter study, nearly half of previously employed adult survivors of acute respiratory distress syndrome were jobless one year after hospital discharge, and are estimated to have lost an average of $27,000 in earnings.

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Pathology, Lung Cancer

Katerina A. Politi, PhD, to Receive the ASIP 2017 Cotran Early Investigator Award

The Cotran Early Career Investigator Award recognizes early career investigators with demonstrated excellence as an investigator with recently established or emerging independence and with a research focus leading to an improved understanding of the conceptual basis of disease.

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Immunotherapy, Maraba, non-small cell lung cancer

Hamilton Patient First to Receive Experimental Immunotherapy Combination for Cancer in Clinical Trial

Experts at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and McMaster University, in partnership with The Ottawa Hospital, have begun a clinical trial to determine if the unique experimental immunotherapy combination may be able to treat non-small cell lung cancer. The experimental therapy combines two different viruses with an approved drug to stimulate the immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells.

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Summer Camp, Allergies, Asthma, Allergist

Memories of Summer Camp Should Be Filled with Joy, Not Allergy Symptoms

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Parents of kids with allergies and asthma need to do some advance planning before sending them off to summer camp.

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Toxic Chemicals, chemical inhalation, Environmental Health, Lung Injury, inhalation lung injury, chemical threat, Sarin, toxic inhalation exposure

Report Recommends Ways to Improve Response to Toxic Inhalation Disasters

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Better medical responses to the accidental or intentional release of inhaled toxic chemicals are being developed, but the field faces considerable challenges, according to a new report by an international panel of experts. The report, “Chemical Inhalation Disasters: Biology of Lung Injury, Development of Novel Therapeutics, and Medical Preparedness,” has been published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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Antibiotics, COPD, Southampton, Viral Infections, flu

Researchers Develop Novel Flu Test to Speed Up Respiratory Treatment

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Doctors and researchers in Southampton have developed a novel way of using a swab test which can rapidly diagnose flu and other viral infections in patients with severe respiratory conditions – resulting in shorter courses of antibiotics and less time in hospital.

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Opdivo, Yale Cancer Center, Lung Cancer, Cancer Clinical Trials

Early Tests Show Opdivo Triples Life Expectancy in Lung-Cancer Patients

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An early round of clinical testing shows that users of Opdivo, a drug sanctioned for treatment of small-cell lung cancer, more than tripled their five-year survival rate beyond the statistical average.

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Weather, Asthma, Thunderstorm, Meterology

Study Defines Thunderstorm Asthma Epidemic Conditions

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Researchers are exploring new ways of predicting thunderstorm asthma outbreaks that may one day provide early warnings for health professionals, emergency management officials and residents in affected areas.







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