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Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD Patients

April 18, 2014

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A group of widely used sedatives increases the risk of serious breathing problems in older people with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study says.
Benzodiazepines such as lorazepam (Ativan) or alprazolam (Xanax) are commonly prescribed to treat insomnia and anxiety, the study author [...]


Placing Donor Windpipe First in Patient’s Arm Helps With Transplant

April 16, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors in Belgium say they’ve successfully transplanted windpipes in six patients by first placing donor tissue in the patients’ arms.
“This discovery expands the surgical possibilities for people struggling with difficult-to-repair airway defects,” said Dr. Pierre Delaere, of the department of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at [...]


Nonwhites Exposed to More Air Pollution: Study

April 15, 2014

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Nonwhite Americans are exposed to 38 percent higher levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution than whites, a new study shows.
Nitrogen dioxide comes from sources such as power plants and car exhausts, and this type of air pollution is associated with asthma and heart disease, the researchers said.
They [...]


Exercise May Curtail COPD Complications

April 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exercise might help reduce the risk of hospital readmission in people with a progressive lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds.
“Our findings suggest that regular physical activity could buffer the stresses of hospitalization,” said study author Huong Nguyen, of the Kaiser Permanente [...]


Muscle Weakness May Persist for Months After ICU Stay

April 7, 2014

MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A stay in an intensive care unit can lead to muscle weakness that continues to cause significant physical limitations for up to two years later, according to a new study.
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine looked at 222 patients who were in 13 ICUs at [...]


Traffic Smog Tied to Hospital Stays for White Kids With Asthma

March 27, 2014

THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — High levels of traffic-related air pollution greatly increase white children’s risk of being readmitted to the hospital due to asthma, a new study finds.
Researchers looked at 758 children, aged 1 to 16, who were admitted to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for asthma or wheezing. About one-third of [...]


Allergy Season Springs Into Bloom

March 22, 2014

SATURDAY, March 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many people are happy to see the end of this long, cold winter, but those with pollen allergies might not greet spring with open arms.
There are, however, a number of things people with pollen allergies — also called hay fever — can do to reduce or prevent [...]


Lung Ultrasound Can Spot Risk of Respiratory Failure in Pregnancy: Study

March 21, 2014

FRIDAY, March 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A lung ultrasound can quickly reveal if a pregnant woman with a serious condition called preeclampsia is at risk for respiratory failure, according to a new study.
Preeclampsia, which causes extremely high blood pressure, can lead to stroke, bleeding and excess fluid in the lungs.
For this study, researchers gave [...]


For Heart Failure Patients, Shortness of Breath When Bending May Signal Problem

March 20, 2014

THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Shortness of breath while bending over is a newly identified symptom of advanced heart failure, researchers say.
This obvious symptom can help alert doctors that heart failure patients have excessive fluid retention, according to cardiologists from the UT Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas.
“Some patients thought they were short of [...]


Device May Restore Speech to People on Breathing Tubes

March 19, 2014

By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors in the Netherlands say they’ve found a potentially important new use for a simple old device — the “electronic voice box.” It may help hospitalized patients who’ve lost the ability to speak because they need tubes down their throat to help them breathe.
The [...]



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