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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 ‚Äėlife-changing‚Äô is likely to be available within the next five years following a landmark trial.

Medical Alphabet April 5, 2015

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For any aspiring MSI’S!

 

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Type II recall of specific lots of Zenhale on the market. February 27, 2015

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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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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 ‚ÄĒ really? Is there something different and more pernicious about this particular strain of Ebola?

 

 

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Study finds potential new target to treat asthma attacks brought on by colds October 1, 2014

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Researchers have identified a molecular mechanism that could explain why the common cold can bring on life-threatening asthma attacks.

Published today in Science Translational Medicine, the findings indicate this may be a potential target for  that could be more effective than existing treatments.

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Study finds potential new target to treat asthma attacks brought on by colds

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