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Article ID: 564654

Hospital Costs Soon Run Higher For Self-Discharged Cardiovascular Patients

University of Maryland, Baltimore

A University of Maryland School of Pharmacy study found that younger cardiovascular patients, as well as males, singles, and uninsured patients, are more likely to discharge themselves from the hospital against medical advice.

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    18-May-2010 2:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 564389

Early vs. Late Tracheotomy Does Not Reduce Mortality in ICU Patients

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Early tracheotomy in ICU patients on mechanical ventilation (MV) did not reduce mortality when compared to later tracheotomy in a study of cardiac surgery patients requiring prolonged ventilation in a Paris study.

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    18-May-2010 2:25 PM EDT

Article ID: 564391

Heavy Exercise May Produce Asthma-Like Symptoms Even in Healthy Children

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Children who undergo brief periods of intense exercise may exhibit lung dysfunction or other symptoms similar to those experienced by asthma patients, even when no history of asthma exists, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of California’s Irvine and Miller Children’s Hospital.

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Article ID: 564428

Hope for Patients with Mild Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

A new therapy shows promise for patients with mild idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. According to researchers in Japan, inhaled N-acetylcysteine (NAC) monotherapy preserves more lung function in some idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients than no therapy.

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    17-May-2010 6:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 564639

Kidney Function and Damage Markers Predict Mortality Risk

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Tests of kidney function and damage predict the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases and all causes.

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    17-May-2010 5:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 564434

EMS Can Prevent Limb and Respiratory Muscle Weakness in ICU Patients

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) can prevent critical illness polyneuromyopathy (CIPNM), according to Greek researchers. CIPNM is an acquired limb and respiratory muscle weakness that is a common and serious problem among intensive care unit patients, and can result in prolonged ICU and hospital stay. EMS can also shorten the duration of weaning from mechanical ventilation and the length of ICU stay.

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Article ID: 564413

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Reduces Muscle Atrophy in COPD

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) may reduce muscle atrophy in patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to Canadian researchers.

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High School Student Presents Research Challenging the Use of Routine Repeated Chest X-Rays in Certain Patients

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

High school student will present findings on the use of repeated xrays among children on home mechanical ventilation.

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Children with Severe Asthma at Increased Risk of Developing COPD

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Children with severe asthma have more than 30 times the risk of developing adult chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) as adults compared to children without asthma, according to a prospective longitudinal cohort study from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

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Long-Term Use of Vitamin E May Decrease COPD Risk

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Long-term, regular use of vitamin E in women 45 years of age and older may help decrease the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by about 10 percent in both smokers and non-smokers, according to a study conducted by researchers at Cornell University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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