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Covid-19 Information March 8, 2020

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Excellent resource for latest COVID-19 information.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates: Canada

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397.

Reference: Government of Canada.Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

Gina report 2019 February 10, 2020

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From Gina” The 2019 update of the Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention incorporates new scientific information about asthma based on a review of recent scientific literature by an international panel of experts on the GINA Science Committee. This comprehensive and practical resource about one of the most common chronic lung diseases worldwide contains extensive citations from the scientific literature and forms the basis for other GINA documents and programs. “

GOLD Reports 2019 February 20, 2019

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Evidence-based strategy document for COPD diagnosis, management, and prevention, with citations from the scientific literature.

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Pulmonary Rehab and Lung Education clinic map B.C. July 4, 2018

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I was provided this link from Eric Chung, Respiratory Therapy Professional Practise Lead at Eagle Ridge Hospital which easily illustrates the available services in BC for Pulmonary Rehab and Lung Education.

The map is interactice and provides addresses and contact information.

 

Thanks Eric!

 

Excellent education link January 17, 2017

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This educational series on combination therapy for asthma and COPD examines recent evidence and strategies for combining bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids in the management of asthma or COPD. The expert faculty will assess clinical data and provide insights on how they may translate to clinical practice in Canada.

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OSA refresher powerpoint with case studies May 4, 2016

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Critical Care Update 2015: An evidence-based approach December 30, 2015

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Published on Jun 5, 2015

An attempted summary of the important trials in Critical Care Medicine since 2002. Sepsis. ARDS. Glucose Control. Timing of tracheostomy. Others.

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Oxygen and COPD Debunking the hypoxic drive theory (respiratory-care-sleep-medicine) December 30, 2015

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In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), inflammatory changes impact their ability to breathe properly. Patients will eventually retain carbon dioxide (CO2) as their efforts to maintain normal CO2levels proves difficult. Experts have long debated whether chronically elevated carbon dioxide levels affect how a patient handles oxygen. As a result, a theory developed that administering oxygen obliterated the drive to breathe.

The problem with the Hypoxic Drive Theory is that it’s a myth concocted on incomplete evidence and often elicits a controversial response, according to John Bottrell, RT, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, and COPD/asthma expert for healthcentral.com.

For hypoxemic patients with COPD, most medical experts now recommend administering the lowest amount of oxygen needed to maintain SpO2 of 88% to 92%, according to Bottrell.

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Cystic fibrosis hope as new gene therapy improves condition July 3, 2015

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Ten thousand people suffering from cystic fibrosis have been offered new hope after a gene therapy was shown to reverse the condition in some cases.

The therapy, which was described by health experts as ‘life-changing’ is likely to be available within the next five years following a landmark trial.

New Bronchodilator Inhaler Device Chart February 5, 2015

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Inhaler Device Chart

 

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UpComing Resptrec Courses February 5, 2015

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Fees include online learning components and course materials.

CCCEP: The Education, COPD and Asthma courses have been accredited by Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy. Pharmacists have been involved in development of the curricula and review of the content.

The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy has confirmed accreditation as follows:

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How the microscopic Ebola virus kills thousands October 19, 2014

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Washington Post Link

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The fear of Ebola has spread faster in America than the virus itself. Ebola has infected the American psyche, forcing us to do risk analysis of a pathogen we know little about. This is different from the flu scares of recent years, because this virus is novel here, and we have no cultural memory of what we are supposed to do, or think, or believe, when Ebola is on the loose.

People have to wonder: How contagious is this virus — really? Is there something different and more pernicious about this particular strain of Ebola?

 

 

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Journal of the American Medical Association : COPD best treated with COMBO September 28, 2014

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COPD patients who received a combination of long-acting beta agonists and inhaled corticosteroids were less likely to die or require hospitalization because of their breathing disorder, compared to people receiving only one of the two medications, Canadian researchers report.

The study findings were published in the Sept. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The findings go against the official guidelines for treating COPD, but actually support what most chest physicians are doing in the clinic, said lead author Dr. Andrea Gershon, a scientist with the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto.

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Combo Therapy Best for COPD: Study – WebMD

Who is the Better Radiologist? August 22, 2014

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Link to Full article:

Who is the better Radiologist?

 

By SAURABH JHA, MD
flying cadeuciiThere’s a lot of talk about quality metrics, pay for performance, value-based care and penalties for poor outcomes.
In this regard, it’s useful to ask a basic question. What is quality? Or an even simpler question, who is the better physician?….

…Nevertheless, whether we like it or not trade-offs exist. And no more so than in the components that make up the amorphous terms “quality” and “value.”
Missing cancer on a chest x-ray is poor quality (missed diagnosis). Over calling a cancer on a chest x-ray which turns out to be nothing is poor quality (waste). But now you must decide which is poorer. Missed diagnosis or waste? And by how much is one poorer than the other…

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Preoxygenation and Prevention of Desaturation During Emergency Airway Management August 7, 2014

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CAN APNEIC OXYGENATION EXTEND THE DURATION OF SAFE APNEA?

Scott D. Weingart, MD, Richard M. Levitan, MD

Alveoli will continue to take up oxygen even without diaphragmatic movements or lung expansion. In an apneic patient, approximately 250 mL/minute of oxygen will move from the alveoli into the bloodstream. Conversely, only 8 to 20 mL/minute of carbon dioxide moves into the alveoli during apnea, with the remainder being buffered in the bloodstream.53 The difference in oxygen and carbon dioxide movement across the alveolar membrane is due to the significant differences in gas solubility in the blood, as well as the affinity of hemoglobin for oxygen. This causes the net pressure in the alveoli to become slightly subatmospheric, generating a mass flow of gas from pharynx to alveoli. This phenomenon, called apneic oxygenation, permits maintenance of oxygenation without spontaneous or administered ventilations. Under optimal circumstances, a PaO2 can be maintained at greater than 100 mm Hg for up to 100 minutes without a single breath, although the lack of ventilation will eventually cause marked hypercapnia and significant acidosis.

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How to Quit Smoking July 4, 2014

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Start your stop smoking plan with START

S = Set a quit date.

Choose a date within the next 2 weeks, so you have enough time to prepare without losing your motivation to quit. If you mainly smoke at work, quit on the weekend, so you have a few days to adjust to the change.

T = Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.

Let your friends and family in on your plan to quit smoking and tell them you need their support and encouragement to stop. Look for a quit buddy who wants to stop smoking as well. You can help each other get through the rough times.

A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting.

Most people who begin smoking again do so within the first 3 months. You can help yourself make it through by preparing ahead for common challenges, such as nicotine withdrawal and cigarette cravings.

R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.

Throw away all of your cigarettes (no emergency pack!), lighters, ashtrays, and matches. Wash your clothes and freshen up anything that smells like smoke. Shampoo your car, clean your drapes and carpet, and steam your furniture.

T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.

Your doctor can prescribe medication to help with withdrawal and suggest other alternatives. If you can’t see a doctor, you can get many products over the counter at your local pharmacy or grocery store, including the nicotine patch, nicotine lozenges, and nicotine gum.

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Asthma refresher for RN’s July 2, 2014

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PowerPoint refresher Asthma:

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Forced oscillation technique (FOT)- Pediatric Asthma June 15, 2014

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fotChestnet.org:

Pediatric asthma lacks sensitive objective measures for asthma monitoring. The forced oscillation technique (FOT) offers strong feasibility across the paediatric age range but relationships between FOT parameter day-to-day variability and paediatric asthma severity and control are unknown.

Conclusions:  Increased day-to-day FOT variability exists in asthmatic school-aged children. Day-to-day Rrs variability was associated with asthma severity and with asthma control. FOT may be useful objective monitoring tool in paediatric asthma and warrants further study.

 

PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada):

Within-Breath Analysis of Respiratory Mechanics in Asthmatic Patients by Forced Oscillation

 

?Forced oscillation technique (FOT): a new tool for epidemiology of occupational lung diseases?

COPD Drug Tudorza Pressair Wins FDA Approval June 15, 2014

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Tudorza Pressair, distributed by Forest Laboratories subsidiary Forest Pharmaceuticals of St. Louis, is a long-acting dry powder that is inhaled twice a day to help the muscles of the large airways stay relaxed and open to improve airflow.

COPD Drug Tudorza Pressair Wins FDA Approval – Medical News Today

 

Tudorza- How to Use

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What is COPD and Empysema June 11, 2014

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KALYDECOÂŽ (ivacaftor) -Treatment of cystic fibrosis May 31, 2014

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cfclogo-enKALYDECO® (ivacaftor) is a prescription medicine for the treatment of cystic fibrosis in patients ages six and older who have the specific G551D mutation in the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Regulator (CFTR) gene. In Canada, the number of patients with this mutation is about 100. Kalydeco™, a pill taken twice a day with fat-containing food, helps the protein made by the CFTR gene function better and, as a result, improves lung function and other aspects of cystic fibrosis such as increasing weight.

On November 26, 2012, Health Canada approved Kalydeco™ for use in Canada. On March 26, 2012, it was announced that the Canadian Drug Expert Committee recommends that Kalydeco™ be listed on the formulary listing of publicly funded drug plans for the treatment of cystic fibrosis in patients age six and older who have the G551D mutation in the CFTR. Today, only a handful of CF patients in Canada who need Kalydeco™ have access through private insurance. Quebec has its own drug review process through the Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS).

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Device fitted under the skin could end misery of chronic snoring May 22, 2014

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A tiny device placed under the skin can relieve a type of chronic snoringthat can double the risk of death, according to researchers.

 

The matchbox-sized implant can regulate breathing throughout the night to combat central sleep apnea, where sufferers temporarily stop breathing as they sleep. A study looking at patients with heart failure, for whom central sleep apnea can double the risk of dying, found that the device was effective at regulating breathing. (MontrealGazette)

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High Humidity O2 Delivery May 12, 2014

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Delivering Nasal High Flow
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Major revision of its Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention. May 9, 2014

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logo-ginaOn World Asthma Day, May 6, 2014, the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) is launching a major revision of its Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention. This comprehensive and practical resource about one of the most common chronic lung diseases worldwide contains extensive citations from the scientific literature and forms the basis for other GINA documents and programs.

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It’s allergy season!! March 19, 2014

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Aerobiology Research Laboratories:

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Aerobiology Research Laboratories is the only organization that monitors outdoor pollen and spore levels across Canada on an ongoing basis.

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Interesting Facts About the Respiratory System… Kids to Parents information March 10, 2014

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http://breath.ygoy.com

Do you know that there are 1500 miles of airways in the lungs of human beings? Who laugh more: adults or children? What respiratory record is mentioned in Guinness World Records? How fast do sneezes travel? Learn these fun facts about respiratory system.

Human respiratory system is made up of nose, larynx, bronchi, pharynx, trachea and lungs. It is about more than just breathing – although breathing is important. Several fun and interesting facts about respiratory system educates and entertains most of the people.

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Fun facts about respiratory System

 

  • 300 million alveoli may be found in a pair of human lungs.
  • Approximately, 1500 miles of airways are present in human lungs.
  • In human beings, right lung is larger than left lung for accommodating heart.
  • We often notice people yawning, aren’t we? It happens when the brain detects low oxygen levels in lungs and it triggers back the response to the body, so that it can intake large amounts of oxygen.anatlung
  • An average person breathes in the equivalent of 13 pints of air every minute.
  • Young children laugh for an average of 300 times in a day, whereas adults on average of 15 – 100 times in a day.
  • Hiccups are caused by various things, and occur due to sudden movements in diaphragm. This is a product of spasms and eating too fast is another cause.
  • Guinness World Records lists that Charles Osborne of Anthon, Iowa as record holder for hiccuping. For 68 years, he hiccuped.
  • ”Laughter is the best medicine”, may have some truth. It helps to boost the immune system.
  • When any irritant, like dust particle or pollen comes in contact with mucus membranes in nose. The body triggers that foreign substance by sneezing.
  • Human sneeze travels faster. The fasted recorded sneeze is 120 miles per hour in speed.
  • Cold virus can survive on a stable object for nearly 3 days. It is a must to clean regularly certain things, like doorknobs which everyone touches.
  • The droplets that come out while coughing can travel up to 3 feet. So, people are suggested to cover mouths while coughing.

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Respiratory HomeCare Solutions now offering Spirometry January 25, 2014

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Respiratory HomeCare Solutions, one of the major CPAP companies in BC and Alberta is now providing DAP accredited Pre/Post spirometry testing.

 

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RHS SURREY
15149 Fraser Highway
Surrey, BC V3R 3P2

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Contact:
P: 604 630 1212
Toll Free Fax: 1.866.828.9493
E: alan@rhscanada.com

Andre Fontaine RRT – Branch Manager / Local Owner
E: andre.fontaine@rhscanada.com
Alan Stock – Manager Admin/Operations / Local Owner
E: alan@rhscanada.com

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Medical health officer calls for e-cigarette ban January 25, 2014

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by  Adrian MacNair – South Delta Leader
posted Jan 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM— updated Jan 22, 2014 at 10:52 AM

 

The rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes has prompted medical health officers throughout the country to call for restrictions in their usage.

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National Post Article:

Ban on nicotine-loaded e-cigarettes aggressively enforced while some anti-smoking advocates call for legalization

 

Smokers Lung VS Health Lung November 13, 2013

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High STOP-Bang score indicates a high probability of obstructive sleep apnea November 7, 2013

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Conclusions In the surgical population, a STOP-Bang score of 5–8 identified patients with high probability of moderate/severe OSA. The STOP-Bang score can help the healthcare team to stratify patients for unrecognized OSA, practice perioperative precautions, or triage patients for diagnosis and treatment.

 

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High STOP-Bang score indicates a high probability of obstructive sleep apnoea

 

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Air pollution nine-times deadlier than car crashes, UBC study finds October 21, 2013

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Smog3.jpgAir pollution nine-times deadlier than car crashes, UBC study finds.

 

 

*NEW* COPD Updated Action plan September 5, 2013

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New COPD Updated Action Plan

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Canadian Asthma Consensus Guidelines 2 0 1 2 U P D A T E June 7, 2013

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Mary Noseworthy, MDCM, FRCPC, Director, Asthma Specialty Clinic, Alberta Children’s Hospital and Medical Co-Leader, Community Pediatric Asthma Service (Calgary Zone), Alberta Health Services
The Canadian Thoracic Society 2012 guideline
update critically evaluated 4 main topics:

1. Asthma control
the role of non-invasive measures of airway inflammation
2. Adjunct controller therapy
which medication to add, at what ICS dose
3. ICS/LABA combination therapy in a single inhaler
used as a reliever, or as both a reliever and a controller
4. Asthma Action Plans
how to adjust controller therapy in the “yellow zone”

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Prone Positioning in Severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome May 27, 2013

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N Engl J Med 2013.
DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1214103

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Conclusions

In patients with severe ARDS, early application of prolonged prone-positioning ses- sions significantly decreased 28-day and 90-day mortality. (Funded by the Programme Hospitalier de Recherche Clinique National 2006 and 2010 of the French Ministry of Health; PROSEVA ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00527813.)

 

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Dangerous Cinnamon Stunt April 22, 2013

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By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) — As if parents didn’t have enough to worry about, it seems a growing number of kids are taking the “Cinnamon Challenge” — a stunt that has landed some in the ER, pediatricians warn.

The Cinnamon Challenge sounds simple but is almost impossible: Swallow a tablespoon of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without the help of a drink. Invariably, the taker ends up gagging and coughing up the spice — creating a big brown cloud dubbed “dragon breath.”

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US Launches New Batch of Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads March 28, 2013

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Government health officials launched the second round of a graphic ad campaign Thursday that is designed to get smokers off tobacco, saying they believe the last effort convinced tens of thousands to quit.

The ads feature sad, real-life stories: There is Terrie, a North Carolina woman who lost her voicebox. Bill, a diabetic smoker from Michigan who lost his leg. And Aden, a 7-year-old boy from New York, who has asthma attacks from secondhand smoke.

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“Most smokers want to quit. These ads encourage them to try,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC campaign cost $48 million and includes TV, radio and online spots as well as print ads and billboards

 

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Great anti-smoking cartoon March 14, 2013

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OXYMASK Reference February 16, 2013

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OxyMask’s logical advantages:

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Impaired pulmonary function may increase the risk for developing diabetes. January 5, 2013

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G. P. Mishra1, T.M. Dhamgaye2, B.O. Tayade3, B. Fuladi Amol4, S. Agrawal Amit5, D. Mulani Jasmin6

1Department of Chest & TB, Government Medical College, Nagpur, India, 2Department of Chest & TB, BJ Medical College, Pune, India, 3Department of Chest & TB, NKP Salve Medical College, Nagpur, India, 4Dept. of Chest & TB, Government Medical College, Akola, India, 5Resident, Maimonides Medical Center, New York, USA, 6Rural Hospital, Rajegaon, Gondia, Maharashtra, India

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Several prospective studies have found that impaired pulmonary function may increase the risk for developing

diabetes. [5] The pulmonary function in diabetics is characterized by restrictive lung defect. [6]

The interest in the relationship between diabetes and obstructive lung diseases has been pursued only recently. [1-4] The prevalence of asthma is significantly higher in patients with type II diabetes mellitus (DM), independent of other comorbid conditions. [1] Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be a risk factor for developing NIDDM (Non In- sulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus).

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Experts warn that e-cigarettes can damage the lungs November 9, 2012

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Vienna, Austria: New research has shown that despite electronic cigarettes being marketed as a potentially safer alternative to normal cigarettes, they are still causing harm to the lungs.

A new study, presented today (Sunday 2 September 2012) at the European Respiratory Society’s Annual Congress in Vienna, has added new evidence to the debate over the safety of alternative nicotine-delivery products.

……“We found an immediate rise in airway resistance in our group of participants, which suggests e-cigarettes can cause immediate harm after smoking the device. More research is needed to understand whether this harm also has lasting effects in the long-term.

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Effects of cannabis on pulmonary structure, function and symptoms October 19, 2012

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Conclusions: Smoking cannabis was associated with a dose-related impairment of large airways function resulting in airflow obstruction and hyperinflation. In contrast, cannabis smoking was seldom associated with macroscopic emphysema. The 1:2.5–5 dose equivalence between cannabis joints and tobacco cigarettes for adverse effects on lung function is of major public health significance.

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Novel coronavirus infection in the United Kingdom September 25, 2012

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23 SEPTEMBER 2012 – On 22 September 2012, the United Kingdom (UK) informed WHO of a case of acute respiratory syndrome with renal failure with travel history to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

WHO:New SARS?

 

CTV: Breakdown: What we know about the new SARS-like virus

The news that one person is believed to have died and another is in critical condition from a new SARS-like respiratory illness has the public on edge. But how concerned should we really be? Here are some of the facts, and mysteries, about the virus

Breakdown: What we know about the new SARS-like virus | CTV News

Asthma drug ‘cut attacks by a fifth’ even for those with severe form of the disease September 18, 2012

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By MAIL ON SUNDAY REPORTER

A DRUG that reduces the number of asthma attacks by more than a fifth could offer hope to hundreds of thousands of patients who suffer from the most severe form of the debilitating lung disease.

Trials on nearly 1,000 people with uncontrolled asthma showed the drug tiotropium taken through a mist inhaler opened constricted airways  and appeared to improve lung function.

Even those with severe asthma saw the number of attacks cut by 21 per cent and the time between attacks extended by a third.

 

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Nova Lung (Novalung) Guide for Relatives and Carers September 9, 2012

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The Novalung® Interventional Lung Assist, often referred to as “The Novalung” or “The i-LA”, is a medical device used to remove carbon dioxide from a patient’s blood.


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More information also available from the link below:

 

The Novalung(R) iLA membrane ventilator: technical aspects

Ventilation Strategies and Experimental Lung Injury September 9, 2012

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Ventilation Strategies and Experimental Lung Injury

John Baier M.D.

University of Manitoba

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“The Use of Steroids in COPD Management” – Dr. Don D. Sin, MD April 30, 2012

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“The Use of Steroids in COPD Management” – Dr. Don D. Sin, MD-

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RespTrec WebEx May 29 2012-1

Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia Head of Respiratory Medicine, PHC
Canada Research Chair in COPD

 

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Calgary: Health Sciences Center, 3330 Hospital Drive NW (Room G384) RSVP Malak Hendi – Malak.Hendi@astrazeneca.com

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Saskatoon: Lung Assoc. of Saskatchewan, 1231-8th St E (Boardroom) RSVP Lori Kleiboer – lori.kleiboer@sk.lung.ca

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VGH Critical Care Grand Rounds March 16, 2012 March 21, 2012

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VGH Critical Care Grand Rounds March 16, 2012 from Ana Palomino / Julia Cheung on Vimeo.

 

Asthma risk increased by common antibiotic: Canadian research March 16, 2012

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The antibiotic vancomycin, when used early in life, can increase the incidence and severity of “allergic” asthma, the common form of the disease triggered by things such as pollen, mites or molds, researchers from the University of British Columbia said in a study released Friday.

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Toronto doctor’s ‘magic pill’ goes viral February 5, 2012

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Here is a very good visual lecture on the benefits of (……watch the video…..) to help cure your ailments.

FROM CBC News:

An illustrated video with a simple message about health has received more than a million hits on YouTube, much to the delight of the Toronto doctor who created it.

“My bankability with teenagers has increased significantly,” Dr. Mike Evans told CBC News on Wednesday.

Evans is a doctor at St. Michael’s Hospital and professor at the University of Toronto. People all over the world are linking to his month-old video from Facebook and Twitter.

Evans says his message — to complete a half-hour of exercise every day — is like a magic pill to cure aches and pains.

“I’ve got a pill that’s going to help with your arthritis, help with your depression, help with your anxiety, help with your obesity, help prevent cancer,” he said.

The video cites studies from the world, including research that shows even overweight people have fewer health problems when active.

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COPD: The Case for Building the Capacity of Pulmonary Rehabilitation January 2, 2012

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Alberta Breathes is a coalition of agencies and over 500 individuals working to improve lung health and decrease the burden of respiratory disease in Alberta.

Utilizing their existing resources such as CRE’s, the aim is partially to get funding for these skilled individuals and to improve the access to pulmonary rehab programs.

B.C. is in the same situation with the hospitals cutting back as opposed to providing funding for these programs. The health authorities have little vision and and cannot look at the “big” picture to the management of these patients.

Pharmaceutical companies are actively involved now with surprising little bias to help fill the needs. Obviously it would be optimal if the BC government and health authorities to step up to the management of COPD and Asthma, but very, very, little has been done.

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iPad medical apps… Which one is right for you? November 6, 2011

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So now you have your new iPad. Angry birds and surfing the web is great on this new device but let’s face it, it would be nice to justify just a little your purchase for the greater good.

Well, at least for your clinical practice, you can now bring your nice new aluminum wonder to work and not feel like you are showing off.

As as Certified Respiratory Educator I have a great deal of papers and articles that I carry around with me. Some for reference, and some to teach my patients with. The iPad is such a great device to use for teaching and for a quick refresher. Yes you can fill it full of pdf’s and store them in iBooks, but to have an app to use that would exploit the iPad to its full potential would be ideal.

I have searched the iTunes store for apps to use for such a purpose and have found 3 worthy candidates. All three have their short comings, and each one does something the other does not so there isn’t a real winner, but, each one does succeed in fulfilling a certain niche.

The three candidates are:

Netter’s Anatomy Atlas for iPad costs US$89.99

Human Atlas for iPad costs US$29.99 + US$9.99 for extra atlases or $60 complete

Visible Body for iPad costs US$29.99

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COVID-19 Care March 16, 2020

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BCCDC is working with provincial and federal partners on surveillance, diagnostic testing and infection http://www.bccdc.ca/health-professionals/clinical-resources/covid-19-carecontrol measures for the COVID-19 outbreak. The information below is for health care professionals and public health partners.

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