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2011-05-18 00:11:24

A new study links the intermittent interruption of breathing that occurs in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to enhanced proliferation of melanoma cancer cells and increased tumor growth in mice, according to researchers in Spain. The study also found tumor cells of OSA mouse models tended to contain more dead cells, indicating a more aggressive type of cancer. The results of the study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. "To our knowledge, this...

2011-05-17 13:16:57

Workplace smoking bans are gaining ground globally, and one study has shown that they may have significant health effects. The study, conducted by researchers in Dublin, found that emergency room admissions due to respiratory illness dropped significantly in Ireland after the implementation of a workplace smoking ban, compared to admissions that took place before the ban went into effect. The study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. The nationwide workplace...

2011-05-17 13:16:02

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are more likely to increase physical activity on a day-to-day basis when exercises classes are combined with a confidence-building program, according to researchers from Michigan and Illinois. Those improvements, however, are only short-term and patients return to their original levels of activity once the confidence-building program ends, the study found. The results of the study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International...

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2011-05-17 09:26:05

According to a new study conducted by researchers in Connecticut, the Wii Fitâ“ž¢ offers patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) an effective workout "“ and one that, because it is enjoyable, patients are more likely to use. "Our study showed that COPD patients exercised at a relatively high percent of their maximum during three to five minutes of specified Wii Fitâ“ž¢exercises, indicating the...

2011-05-16 21:58:17

A traditional Chinese herbal paste known as Xiao Chuan, or XCP, may help reduce winter exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study conducted by researchers in Beijing. The paste has been used to treat breathing difficulties in China for more than a thousand years. The study results will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. "We had performed observational studies of XCP which had shown the paste decreased the frequency of...

2011-05-16 21:56:56

The antibiotic linezolid may be more effective than vancomycin in treating ventilated patients who develop methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia as a result of their ventilation, according to a study conducted globally by American and French researchers. The study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. "At the end of the treatment period in this study, linezolid offered statistically significant higher rates of clinical and microbiologic...

2011-05-16 21:55:50

African-American children are more likely to report previous emergency room visits, hospitalizations and need for intensive care unit (ICU) management for asthma than Caucasian children on their first visit to an asthma specialist, according to a study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The study also indicated that African-American children have poorer lung function at their initial visit to an asthma specialist than their Caucasian counterparts. The study will be...

2011-05-16 21:54:48

Waiting to seek emergency medical care for asthma exacerbations can result in worse outcomes, including hospitalization, according to a study conducted by researchers from New York. Patients who delay regular medical care also were sicker when finally seen by a doctor than patients who sought care when asthma exacerbations first occurred. The study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. "An important aspect of managing asthma is for patients to realize when they...

2011-05-16 20:57:07

Concern over vaccine safety is one of the primary factors preventing parents from having their asthmatic children vaccinated for influenza, or flu, according to Michigan researchers. Parents who do not vaccinate their children are also less likely to view flu as a"trigger" for their child's asthma, the researchers noted. The study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. "When school starts in the fall, and during the winter season, many parents start dreading the...

2011-05-16 20:54:59

An impaired ability to handle oxidative stress that arises from exposure to secondhand smoke and other environmental triggers may contribute to the development of asthma, according to results obtained from the Shanghai Women's Health Asthma and Allergy Study. The results of the study suggest regulating the body's antioxidant defense system may play an important role in asthma prevention. The study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference. "We found that the host antioxidant...