Archive for September, 2012


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.



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


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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Although there are many types of molds, only a few dozen cause allergic reactions. Alternaria, Cladosporium (Hormodendrum), Aspergillus, Penicillium, Helmin thosporium, Epicoccum, Fusarium, Mucor, Rhizopus and Aureobasidium (Pullularia) are the major culprits. Some common spores can be identified when viewed under a microscope. Some form recognizable growth or colonies.

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Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America


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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The Novalung(R) iLA membrane ventilator: technical aspects

Ventilation Strategies and Experimental Lung Injury

John Baier M.D.

University of Manitoba

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