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Heart-Lung Fitness Challenged in Early Full-Term Babies

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Infants born early in a full-term pregnancy have a higher risk of poor heart-lung fitness later in life, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 800 people in Northern Ireland who were born at full-term (37 to 42 weeks) and had their cardiorespiratory fitness assessed at ages 12, 15 and 22. Those born at 37 to 38 weeks had a 57 percent higher risk of poor heart-lung fitness when they were teens and young adults compared to those born between 39 and 42 weeks. Each extra week of full-term pregnancy was associated with a 14 percent reduced risk, the Australian researchers reported. Diet, physical activity and smoking behavior did not affect the findings, according to the study published Sept. 27 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. "We believe that earlier births – even within the at-term range – may interrupt normal development and lead ... Read more

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Kids' Colds Linked to Asthma, Lung Problems Later

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Kids who develop respiratory infections like colds or sinusitis may have a higher risk of asthma and reduced lung function later in life, a new study says. Researchers examined data from nearly 155,000 children in Europe. They were followed from birth through ages 4 to 15 years. Those who had an upper respiratory infection – such as a cold, sinusitis, laryngitis and tonsillitis – by age 5 had an increased risk of asthma later in life. Their risk was 1.5 times higher. Young children who had lower respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia and general chest infections saw their asthma risk double or quadruple. They were also more likely to later develop reduced lung function, according to the study. "These findings support the hypothesis that early life respiratory tract infections may influence the development of respiratory ... Read more

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New 'Biologic' Drug May Help Severe Asthma

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – A "biologic" drug in development to treat severe asthma reduces the rate of serious attacks by about two-thirds compared to a placebo drug, according to preliminary research findings. If approved, the drug, tezepelumab, could join a group of costly medications that appear to offer relief when nothing else curbs respiratory distress. "A new era has begun in which many new drugs are being developed for patients with severe asthma," said Dr. Elisabeth Bel, a professor of respiratory medicine at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. "Similar to what has happened for rheumatoid arthritis, I expect that in a few years effective treatments will be available for almost all patients with severe asthma," said Bel, author of a commentary accompanying the new study. The new research was funded by the drug's developers, Amgen and MedImmune, a subsidiary of ... Read more

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White Kids More Likely to Get Unneeded Antibiotics

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – White children are about twice as likely as black or Hispanic kids to get unneeded antibiotics when treated in U.S. emergency rooms for viral respiratory infections, a new study finds. For years, scientists have warned that unnecessary use of antibiotics is making germs stronger and more resistant to medications. "It is encouraging that just 2.6 percent of children treated in pediatric emergency departments across the nation received antibiotics for viral acute respiratory tract infections, since antibiotics are ineffective in treating viral infections," said study leader Dr. Monika Goyal. "However, it is troubling to see such persistent racial and ethnic differences in how medications are prescribed," said Goyal. She is the director of research in the division of emergency medicine at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C. Upper respiratory ... Read more

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Azithromycin Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell Transplant

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – An antibiotic treatment intended to lower stem cell transplant patients' risk of developing a respiratory complication appears to have backfired. French researchers explored the potential of administering the antibiotic azithromycin before and after stem cell transplantation to limit the risk for a condition known as bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). A significant number of blood cancer patients who undergo allogeneic stem cell transplant are at risk for developing BOS. It's a potentially deadly complication in which airflow to the lungs becomes progressively obstructed, turning routine breathing into an ordeal. Allogeneic transplants are ones where genetically similar, but not identically matched, material is transplanted. The new investigation had to be stopped prematurely – after just over a year. Preliminary indications suggested that the random pool ... Read more

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The Doctor Will (Virtually) See You Now

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Telemedicine is playing an ever-expanding role in the U.S. health care landscape. Among the reasons: a growing national shortage of doctors, both primary care and, in certain areas, specialists. And one-quarter of the population lives in rural areas without easy access to care. So, telemedicine has stepped in to help fill the gap. In fact, more than 10 million Americans now use it every year. Telemedicine, or telehealth, are terms for virtual office visits – video chats made through your smartphone, tablet or computer, sometimes with no waiting at all. You can see and speak with a doctor using real-time audio and video technology. Services can vary from getting a diagnosis and a prescription for minor medical issues, to ongoing monitoring of chronic conditions – especially helpful to older adults. Some health insurance providers now offer telehealth as part ... Read more

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Heart Attack Risk Spikes After Respiratory Infection, Study Finds

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – The risk of heart attack increases sharply after a respiratory infection, a new study finds. But the absolute risk that any one episode will cause a heart attack is low, the Australian researchers added. The researchers looked at 578 people who suffered a heart attack and found that 17 percent had experienced symptoms of respiratory infection within seven days before the heart attack, and 21 percent within the prior month. The risk of a heart attack is 17 times higher in the week after a respiratory infection, the University of Sydney team concluded. In a second analysis, the researchers focused on upper-respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold, sore throat, hay fever and sinus infections. "For those participants who reported milder upper-respiratory tract infection symptoms, the risk increase was less, but was still elevated by 13-fold," study ... Read more

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Air Pollution May Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 – High levels of air pollution may increase some Hispanic children's risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. "Exposure to heightened air pollution during childhood increases the risk for Hispanic children to become obese and, independent of that, to also develop type 2 diabetes," said study corresponding author Michael Goran. He is co-director of the University of Southern California's Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. "Poor air quality appears to be a catalyst for obesity and diabetes in children, but the conditions probably are forged via different pathways," Goran said in a university news release. For the study, researchers followed 314 overweight or obese Hispanic children in Los Angeles County. The children were between 8 and 15 years old when the study started. None had diabetes. By the time children who lived in areas with high levels of air ... Read more

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Flu Shot May Curb Respiratory Infections in People With Heart Failure

Posted 2 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 – Flu and pneumonia vaccines may reduce heart failure patients' risk of dangerous respiratory infections, a new review suggests. More than 5 million Americans have heart failure, when the heart is too weak to pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Respiratory infections are the leading cause of hospitalization for people with heart failure. These infections are associated with high death rates in a hospital, the review authors said. The researchers reviewed studies published from January 1990 to July 2016. These studies suggested that flu and pneumonia vaccines seem to help protect people with heart failure from life-threatening respiratory infections. People older than 65 with heart failure may benefit more from high-dose vaccination, the researchers said. "Vaccination represents a low-cost intervention that may be able to prevent the significant disease, ... Read more

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Common Viruses a Deadly Threat at Nursing Homes

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – Common viruses pose a serious threat in nursing homes, often sabotaging standard infection control measures, a new case study suggests. "Long-term care facilities have unique challenges. Infection-control policies from acute care hospitals cannot simply be mirrored in this setting and expected to work," said study lead author Dr. Schaefer Spires. His report details a 16-day outbreak of two viruses – respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and human metapneumovirus (HMPV) – that swept through a long-term dementia ward in Tennessee. Nearly three-quarters of the patients became sick and five died. "RSV and HMPV are viruses that need to be taken as seriously as we take the flu, especially in older adults," said Spires, an assistant professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. RSV causes infections of the lungs and ... Read more

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How to Exercise Safely in Smog

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – Scientists say they have figured out the ideal speeds for cyclists and pedestrians to move in order to limit their inhalation of air pollution and still get the full benefits of exercise. "The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you also are exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is," study author Alex Bigazzi, a transportation expert at the University of British Columbia, said in a school news release. The researchers used a computer model of 10,000 people. The investigators found that cyclists should ride between 7.5 to 12.4 miles per hour on city roads. And, pedestrians should walk between 1.2 and 3.7 miles per hour. There are different recommended speeds depending on gender, age and road grades. For example, on flat roads the ideal speeds are: 7.8 ... Read more

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Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia: How Serious, the Prognosis

Posted 12 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's pneumonia may have heightened questions about her overall health, but doctors say pneumonia is common and, in her case, may not be very serious. "Pneumonia is an infection [of the lung] that requires rest, recuperation and aggressive treatment," said Dr. Marc Siegel, a clinical professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City. It's not something to be taken lightly, Siegel said, but added, "In most cases the prognosis is good." For Clinton, who is 68, her pneumonia began as a persistent cough, according to her personal physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack. Clinton had been suffering from a prolonged cough related to allergies, Bardack said in a statement released Sunday. On Friday, she was diagnosed with pneumonia and started taking antibiotics and was advised to rest and ease up her ... Read more

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Will Worsening 'Smoke Waves' Threaten Western U.S.?

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – Climate change, and the warmer summers it will bring, could blanket much of the western United States with persistent "smoke waves" – consecutive days of air pollution from wildfires, a new study warns. "More people in the western U.S. are likely to experience high-pollution episodes from wildfires, and the pollution episodes are likely to be more frequent, last longer and be more intense," said study author Jia Coco Liu. She was a graduate student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies when the study was conducted. Northern California, western Oregon and the Great Plains will bear the brunt of the pollution, the researchers said. Wildfires occur frequently in the vast, dry West. The smoke they produce can spread far beyond the burning landscape, and the full impact on human health is still unclear. "The smoke has been long recognized as being ... Read more

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Cheap Face Masks Little Help Against Air Pollutants

Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – Inexpensive cloth masks offer little protection against air pollution, a new study suggests. Many people in Asia wear disposable surgical masks or washable cloth masks to protect against small air pollution particles. But tests on different types of masks showed that "the most commonly used cloth mask products perform poorly when compared to alternative options available on the market," according to health scientists at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst. "This has clear public health risk," study co-author Richard Peltier said in a university news release. People may have a false sense of security when wearing cloth masks, especially in areas with high levels of air pollution, he noted. Plain cloth masks were "only marginally beneficial" in protecting people from the smaller airborne particles that are especially harmful to health, Peltier said. He ... Read more

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Health Tip: Need a Lung Function Test?

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A lung function test measures how well your lungs are working, helping your doctor diagnose the cause and severity of any problems with your breathing. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says the test is designed to show: The amount of air that you can breathe into your lungs to see if it's in the normal range. The amount of air that you can exhale from your lungs, and how quickly you can do it. The ability of your lungs to bring oxygen to your blood. How strong the muscles that help you breathe are. Read more

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