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Peer-Led Self-Management Programmes May Not Help Teenagers with Asthma

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A study from the University of Warwick suggests peer-led self-management programmes have little impact on the quality of life or lung function of adolescents with asthma.

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New Research Award in Sarcoidosis Funded by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

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The new ATS Foundation/Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Research Fellowship in Sarcoidosis will award $40,000 per year for two years to one investigator conducting research in the area of sarcoidosis.

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Study Shows Pharmacists Knew More About Penicillin Allergy Than MDs

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A new study shows many physicians who treat patients with “penicillin allergy” listed in their charts may not fully understand important facts about penicillin allergy.

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Where Cigarette Smoking’s Damage is Done . . . Down to Your DNA

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Scientists have known for decades that smoking cigarettes causes DNA damage, which leads to lung cancer. Now, for the first time, UNC School of Medicine scientists created a method for effectively mapping that DNA damage at high resolution across the genome.

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Low Levels of Vitamin a May Fuel TB Risk

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At a glance: People with low levels of vitamin A living in households with people who have TB were 10 times more likely to develop the disease themselves. The study findings suggest that vitamin A supplementation may offer powerful protection against the deadly disease among high-risk individuals. TB, one of the top infectious disease killers globally, hits especially hard in low- and middle-income countries, where vitamin A deficiencies are common.

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E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Cigarettes, PATH Study Shows

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People who regularly use electronic cigarettes are less dependent on their product than those who regularly use traditional cigarettes, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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ASTRO Issues Guideline for Use of Stereotactic Radiation in Early-Stage Lung Cancer

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The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) issued a new clinical guideline for the use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) in early-stage lung cancer today.

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Anti-Nausea Drug Could Help Treat Sleep Apnea

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An old pharmaceutical product may be a new treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, according to new research presented today by University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University scientists at the SLEEP 2017 annual meeting in Boston.

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Global Warming May Cause Spike in Asthma, Allergy Symptoms

A new study finds that exposure to a widespread outdoor fungus can increase cell damage (oxidative stress) in the airways. This spike weakens the airways’ barrier defense system that, when functioning normally, removes infection- and allergy-causing organisms (mucociliary clearance).

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Aortic Dissection, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, surgical strategies, cerebral perfusion, Ravi K. Ghanta, MD, Robert B. Hawkins, MD

New Surgical Techniques Help Save Patients from Life-Threatening Heart Condition

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Cardiac surgeons are successfully performing more extensive surgical repairs of type A aortic dissection—one of the highest risk operations in cardiothoracic surgery. These new surgical techniques, along with improved postoperative care, are resulting in better long-term outcomes and lower rates of complications, according to an article published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.







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