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2011-05-16 16:25:53

A new program developed by researchers at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine and Pennsylvania State University may make it easier for patients with moderate/severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to make critical decisions regarding their care as their disease worsens. The computer-based decision aid (CDA) is designed to educate patients about planning for end-of-life decisions without diminishing hope, according to the researchers. The results of the study will be presented...

2011-05-16 16:24:30

Removing enlarged tonsils and adenoids may help prevent high blood pressure and heart damage in children who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a study conducted at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In some children with OSA, adenotonsillectomy can result in significantly lower blood pressure within 24 months of the procedure. The results will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. Children with enlarged tonsils and adenoids are...

2011-05-16 15:15:19

Researchers have linked a variant in the vitamin D receptor gene (VDR) with the onset of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Caucasian men. The study population consisted of participants in the Veterans Administration Normative Aging Study, a multidisciplinary study of aging that began in 1963. The VDR study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference. "Our results show that this gene variant is associated with development of COPD in Caucasian men, and provides...

2011-05-16 15:13:56

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) effectively decreases the risk of cardiovascular death in elderly patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a study conducted by researchers in Spain. The study is the first large-scale study to assess the impact of OSA and the effectiveness of CPAP treatment in cardiovascular mortality in the elderly. The findings will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. "Our study offers two key conclusions,"...

2011-05-16 15:12:31

Vitamin D supplements may help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) get more from their pulmonary rehabilitation programs, according to a study conducted by researchers from Belgium. The study results will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. "Our study shows that high doses of vitamin D supplementation on top of a standard rehabilitation program improve the outcome in terms of exercise capacity and respiratory muscle strength," said Miek...

2011-05-16 15:11:34

A simple, minimally-invasive technique using cells from the interior of the nose could help clinicians detect lung cancer in its earliest "“ and most treatable "“ stages, according to a study conducted by researchers in Boston. The study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference. "Our data suggests that evaluating gene expression changes in nasal cells found in the interior surface of the nose may serve as a non-invasive approach for the early detection of lung...

2011-05-16 15:10:04

Changes in the ability of lung cells to divide may play a role in initiating or prolonging lung tissue inflammation, a hallmark of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study conducted by researchers in France. The results will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. "We found that lung tissue cells of patients with COPD had an impaired ability to divide, or had lost their ability to divide," said lead author Valerie Amsellem, MD, PhD, professor...

2011-05-16 15:08:05

Continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, can increase alertness and even improve quality of life for sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), even if their symptoms are minimal, according to a study conducted by researchers in Europe. Patients enrolled in the study reported an improvement in daytime sleepiness within six months of beginning CPAP treatment. The study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. "Treatment with CPAP clearly reduces daytime...

2011-05-16 14:22:23

The six-minute walking distance test (6MWD), a test that measures a patient's ability to tolerate exercise and physical activity, is an effective tool for understanding disease severity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a three-year global study of patients with COPD sponsored by drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline. The study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. "We found that baseline 6MWD was predictive of hospital...

2011-05-16 14:21:04

Researchers in Baltimore have identified new compounds whichrelax airway muscles and may provide relief from shortness of breath for patients with COPD and asthma. The bitter-tasting compounds are at least as, if not more, effective than currently available agents used to manage these diseases, and may present new options for treatment. The study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. "We have identified compounds that are more potent than our previously...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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