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2012-03-24 04:45:24

People who suffer from chronic sinus infections know the warning signs when one might be coming on. Doctors at Baylor College of Medicine say that is a good time to try preventative measures, such as nasal irrigation, to lessen the symptoms or prevent the infection from worsening. Nasal irrigation is the cleansing of the nasal cavity with sterile salt water to flush out excess mucus or debris from the sinuses and nose, such as with the use of a neti pot. Maintain moisture "People are...

2012-03-22 10:55:30

The third most deadly disease in the U.S., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), appears to be partly driven by the action of immune cells circulating in the blood entering into the tissues of the lungs. UC Davis scientists have discovered that this key process begins in the blood vessels around the large airways in the center of the lung. The discovery helps clarify how smoking can bring about this severe respiratory condition. The research also identifies a potential new target...

2012-03-19 10:24:55

EAST HANOVER, N.J., March 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation today announced that once-daily Arcapta(TM) Neohaler(TM) (indacaterol inhalation powder) 75 mcg is now available in the US and in pharmacies nationwide. Arcapta Neohaler is indicated for the long-term maintenance bronchodilator treatment of airflow obstruction in adult patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. Arcapta Neohaler is not...

2012-03-15 23:34:26

MPM caused by exposure to asbestos; latest in IASLC's Journal of Thoracic Oncology Patients with early stage malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), a cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, may be eligible for aggressive multi-modality therapy involving surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. There are two main approaches, and controversy has existed about which approach is superior. One is called extrapleural pnemonectomy (EPP), a very extensive surgery where surgeons remove the...

2012-03-15 22:12:13

Worldwide increases in the incidences of asthma, allergies, infectious and cardiovascular diseases will result from a variety of impacts of global climate change, including rising temperatures, worsening ozone levels in urban areas, the spread of desertification, and expansions of the ranges of communicable diseases as the planet heats up, the professional organization representing respiratory and airway physicians stated in a new position paper released today. The paper is published...

2012-03-06 18:01:00

New Drug Helps Pre-Term Infants Breathe LA JOLLA, Calif., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientific advances at The Scripps Research Institute have led to a new drug Surfaxin® (lucinactant), approved today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat infant respiratory distress syndrome. "I am excited that our scientific findings will help save lives," said Charles Cochrane, M.D., professor emeritus at Scripps Research. "Many years of work in our basic...

2012-03-06 15:10:00

WARRINGTON, Pa., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSCO), a specialty biotechnology company dedicated to advancing a new standard in respiratory critical care, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved SURFAXIN (lucinactant) for the prevention of Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) in premature infants at high risk for RDS. SURFAXIN is the first synthetic, peptide-containing surfactant approved for use in neonatal...

2012-01-27 10:40:05

Exacerbation severity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be reliably assessed with the COPD Assessment Test (CAT), according to a new study from the UK. "There is currently no widely accepted standardized method for assessing symptom severity at exacerbations in COPD patients," said Dr Alex J Mackay, MBBS, MRCP, clinical research fellow at the Academic Unit of Respiratory Medicine, University College London. "Incorporating CAT scores into the assessment of...

2012-01-12 14:46:41

Discovery may lead to new ways to replace damaged lung tissues with stem cells Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified a gene that tells cells to develop multiple cilia, tiny hair-like structures that move fluids through the lungs and brain. The finding may help scientists generate new therapies that use stem cells to replace damaged tissues in the lung and other organs. "Cells with multiple cilia play a number of important roles, including moving fluids...

2012-01-04 06:30:00

NATICK, Mass., Jan. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that administers the Medicare program, has acknowledged the substantial clinical improvement associated with the use of the Alair(® )Bronchial Thermoplasty System to perform bronchial thermoplasty for the management of severe asthma. As a result, effective January 1, 2012, the Alair catheter is eligible for...


Latest Respiratory system Reference Libraries

Cystic Fibrosis
2013-07-19 15:03:45

Cystic fibrosis, also called mucoviscidosis, is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder of the viscous secretions in the body. In turn, it effects the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestines, as well as all other exocrine glands in the body. The most common genetic mutation that causes CF is a deletion of three nucleotides that results in a loss of phenylalanine, an amino acid at the 508th position on the protein. It should be noted, however, that there are over a thousand other mutations that...

Pharynx
2013-03-05 15:00:19

The pharynx is situated directly after the mouth and nose and lies right before the esophagus. Formation and Orientation The pharynx is divided into three separate sections. The nasopharynx is the first part of the pharynx that lies between the soft palate and the base of the skull. The pharyngeal tonsils are located on the back wall of the nasopharynx. This portion of the pharynx is connected to the middle easr by the Eustachian tubes. The nasopharynx is linked to the nasal cavities...

Trachea
2013-01-18 11:28:50

The trachea, commonly called the windpipe, is the air passage-way from the mouth to the lungs. Non-fish vertebrae all have a trachea. The moist with mucus walls of the tube-like structure trap inhaled particles to keep them from entering the lungs. Structure The trachea is an open-ended cylindrical structure that starts at the larynx and ends at the bifurcation. It is about one inch in diameter and can run four to six inches in length. Within the pipe there are anywhere from 15 to 20...

Lung
2013-01-01 15:53:59

The lung is a vital organ that is a part of the respiratory system. Generally a person has two lungs; however, the body can function with only one. The lung’s main function is to move oxygen and carbon dioxide into and out of the bloodstream through gas exchange. The lungs are located lateral to the heart in the thoracic cavity. Each lung has a tip called the apex, which is superior in the body. The bases of the lungs rest on the diaphragm. They appear to be spongy due to their bundles of...

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