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Even Hidden Flu May Trigger Trouble After Heart Surgery

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – The flu virus – even if it doesn't cause symptoms – can lead to serious complications after heart surgery, a new study by Dutch researchers suggests. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a potentially deadly infection in which fluid fills the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe, appears more common among heart surgery patients during flu season, the ...

Drowning Can Occur Hours After Swimming

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 – While it happens rarely, a person can drown on dry land hours after having been in the water. There are two types of such drowning, dry drowning and secondary drowning, explained Dr. Jessica Lanerie, an associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine. "These are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are very different," she said in a school news release. "Dry ...

How to Protect Yourself From Air Pollution

Posted 8 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – Air pollution poses significant health risks, so you need to take steps to protect yourself, an environmental health expert says. Researchers have linked air pollution with health problems such as childhood asthma, pregnancy and birth complications, and heart disease. Pollution and environmental risks are responsible for 1.7 million child deaths worldwide each year, ...

Child Deaths Highlight Choking Dangers Posed by Grapes

Posted 21 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – Young children can choke to death on whole grapes, warn the authors of a new report. Doctors in Scotland describe three choking cases – two of them fatal – that involved boys aged 5 and younger who were eating whole grapes. "There is general awareness of the need to supervise young children when they are eating ... but knowledge of the dangers posed by grapes and ...

Health Highlights: Dec. 17, 2016

Posted 18 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Dr. Henry Heimlich, Inventor of the 'Heimlich Maneuver,' Dies at 96 The Heimlich maneuver has been credited with saving an estimated 100,000 lives, and on Saturday the procedure's inventor, Dr. Henry Heimlich, died at the age of 96, his family announced. Heimlich had suffered a heart attack ...

Study Finds Fault With ICU Treatment of Dementia Patients

Posted 10 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 – A new study raises red flags about the use of ventilators among dementia patients in intensive care units. Researchers analyzed data from about 635,000 hospitalizations of U.S. nursing home patients with advanced dementia. Between 2000 and 2013, ventilator use among these patients, whose average age was 84, nearly doubled at the 2,600 hospitals studied. But more than 80 ...

Heavy Drinking Might Harm the Lungs

Posted 5 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 – Heavy drinking may increase the risk of lung problems, a new study suggests. "Alcohol appears to disrupt the healthy balance in the lung," said study lead author Dr. Majid Afshar, of Loyola University Chicago. He is an assistant professor in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine and department of public health sciences. Afshar's team analyzed data from more ...

Drug Protects Lung Function in Kids With Sickle Cell: Study

Posted 18 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – Children with sickle cell disease may breathe easier when they're given hydroxyurea – an effective, but underused, drug for the disease, new research suggests. In a study of 94 young people with sickle cell, researchers found that hydroxyurea helped slow the decline in lung function that is typical of the disease. The study appears to be the first to show that ...

Depression Strikes, Stays With Many Caregivers of Critically Ill

Posted 12 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – Caregivers for the critically ill often suffer depression that lingers long after their loved one's hospital stay ends, new research suggests. "Caregivers to patients who have spent at least seven days in the ICU [intensive care unit] commonly experience symptoms of depression for the full first year after ICU discharge," said study leader Jill Cameron. She is a ...

Smog's Health Effects Persist for Decades, Study Finds

Posted 10 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 – Air pollution can increase the risk of premature death, even decades later, one of the longest running air pollution studies suggests. British scientists found the negative health effects of air pollution – such as a higher risk of lung and heart disease – can persist for more than 30 years. The study authors suggested that more research into the long-term health ...

Higher Fiber Intake May Improve Lung Function

Posted 29 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 – Eating a fiber-rich diet may help protect you against lung disease, a new study suggests. "Lung disease is an important public health problem, so it's important to identify modifiable risk factors for prevention," study author Corrine Hanson, an associate professor of medical nutrition at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said in a journal news release. ...

Coils in Lungs Might Boost Ability to Exercise With Emphysema

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 – Implanting coils in the lungs may help improve the ability to exercise in people with severe emphysema, a new study suggests. Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that damages the airways and makes it difficult to breathe. Current treatments for severe emphysema have limited effectiveness. Lung volume reduction surgery can help, but carries ...

Agricultural Pesticides May Affect Kids' Breathing

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – Early exposure to widely used pesticides may harm children's lungs, a new study says. Previous research has looked at the harmful effect of organophosphate pesticides – chemicals that target the nervous system – on adult agricultural workers. This new study looked at children living in an agricultural area where the organophosphates are used. "This is the first ...

Health Tip: Who Gets Pneumonia?

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Anyone can get pneumonia, but your age and general health are risk factors for the dangerous infection. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says other risk factors include: Being a child under age 2. The immune systems of young children are still developing. Being an adult over age 65. Having asthma, bronchitis or COPD. Having cystic fibrosis. Having a weakened immune system. Having ...

Shorter People Less Likely to Get Lung Transplants

Posted 19 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 – Short adults are much less likely than average-height adults to get a lung transplant, and they're more likely to die while waiting for one, the findings from a new study suggest. Women are particularly affected by this bias because they tend to be shorter than men, the researchers said. "Surgeons commonly try to match small transplant candidates with small donor lungs, ...

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