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2011-08-23 18:36:30

A higher proportion of female nurses among intensive care teams may decrease individuals' risk of professional burnout, according to Swiss researchers who studied the factors related to burnout in the high-stress setting of the intensive care unit (ICU). The research was published online in the articles-in-press section of the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Burnout is believed to be a psychological response to chronic stress. It...

2011-08-12 12:15:29

The benefits of continuous positive airway pressure machines (CPAP) for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are quickly reversed when the therapy is withdrawn, according to Swiss research. The findings appear online in the articles-in-press section of the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. "In patients with obstructive sleep apnea who are established on CPAP treatment, withdrawal of the therapy is associated with a rapid recurrence...

2011-08-04 13:35:10

Wearing compression stockings may be a simple low-tech way to improve obstructive sleep apnea in patients with chronic venous insufficiency, according to French researchers. "We found that in patients with chronic venous insufficiency, compression stockings reduced daytime fluid accumulation in the legs, which in turn reduced the amount of fluid flowing into the neck at night, thereby reducing the number of apneas and hypopnea by more than a third," said Stefania Redolfi, MD, of the...

2011-08-02 12:17:40

COPD is 3rd leading cause of death in the US and 4th leading cause of death worldwide The American College of Physicians (ACP), American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American Thoracic Society (ATS), and European Respiratory Society (ERS) today released a joint clinical practice guideline on diagnosing and treating stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP's flagship journal. ACP convened the four organizations, which represent more than...

2011-08-02 07:57:00

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PRA, a leading Clinical Research Organization, announces that the third edition of respiratory care expert Jack Wanger's book, Pulmonary Function Testing: A Practical Approach, has recently been published by Jones & Bartlett Learning in Sudbury, MA. Mr. Wanger, Senior Clinical Research Scientist in PRA's Therapeutic Expertise group, wrote the textbook for both respiratory care students and practitioners and devotes each chapter to a...

2011-07-19 16:19:03

Patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) who report treatment for gastroespophageal reflux (GER) appear to have longer survival than IPF patients who are not treated for GERD, according to a new study from the University of California, San Francisco. "While preliminary, these findings support a relationship between GER, chronic microaspiration and IPF," said lead researcher Joyce Lee, MD, clinical instructor in the Department of Medicine at UCSF. Microaspiration occurs when gastric...

2011-06-24 22:55:00

Psychosocial stress appears to enhance the lung-damaging effects of traffic-related pollution (TRP) in children, according to new research from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. The results will appear online ahead of the print edition of the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. "This is the first study demonstrating that growing up in a stressful household was associated with larger...

2011-06-24 12:07:00

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Madhuri Singal, Ph.D., RRT, Manager, of the Respiratory Science Program at the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, Inc. (RIFM), has authored a research volume on nanoparticles and lung effects. Published by VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller, Nanoparticle Induced Inflammatory Signaling in the Lung: Mechanism of Aerosil200 Particulate Induced Inflammatory Gene Expression in Alveolar Epithelial Cells can now be purchased through the...

2011-05-18 14:18:29

Children whose mothers or grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk of asthma in childhood, but the underlying causes of this are not well understood. Now a new study indicates changes in a process called DNA methylation that occurs before birth may be a root cause. The study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference. DNA methylation is a process that can alter a gene's usual function. These altered genes can be passed along from parent to child. In this...

2011-05-18 13:51:35

A Wednesday morning session will explore the inhalational exposures and respiratory outcomes of military deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Presenters will review current knowledge on complex inhalational exposures, epidemiologic studies, animal toxicology studies, and clinical lung findings in U.S. military men and women who are returning from Southwest Asia. D6 "Occupational Lung Diseases in U.S. Military Personnel Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan" will take place from 8:15 to 10:45 a.m....