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High-Volume Lung Transplant Centers Have Lower Costs and Readmissions


High-volume lung transplant centers have lower transplantation costs and their patients are less likely to be readmitted within 30 days of leaving the hospital following surgery, according to a new study of more than 3,000 Medicare patients who...
14-Apr-2016 12:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Even Low Levels of Air Pollution Appear to Affect a Child’s Lungs


Dramatic improvements in air quality in U.S. cities since the 1990s may not be enough to ensure normal lung function in children, according to new research published in the April 15 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care, a journal of the...
11-Apr-2016 4:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

WTC Firefighters Needing Sinus Surgery Had More Intense, Longer Exposure to Caustic Dust and Have Higher Eosinophil Levels


Firefighters who responded in the first two days of the World Trade Center disaster and those who worked at the site for six months or longer are more likely to need sinus surgery than firefighters whose exposure to the site’s caustic dust was...
6-Apr-2016 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Research Finds Evidence of Lung Abnormalities in Light-use Waterpipe Smokers


A study of light-use hookah or waterpipe smokers found evidence of lung function abnormalities, including marked changes in cells lining the airways. The study, “Pulmonary Abnormalities in Young, Light-use Waterpipe (Hookah) Smokers,” was...
5-Apr-2016 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

ATS Supports OSHA's More Protective Crystalline Silica Exposure Standard


While it took nearly three years of waiting, the American Thoracic Society is pleased that OSHA has issued its final rule establishing a more protective standard for occupational silica. The new more protective standard will greatly reduce exposure...
24-Mar-2016 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Rescue Inhaler Study: New Approach Increases Mastery of Life-Saving Technique


A rescue inhaler can be a lifesaver during an asthma or COPD flareup, but using a rescue inhaler is complicated and misuse is common, putting patients’ lives at risk. An education strategy, called teach-to-goal, may help patients use their...
16-Mar-2016 12:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

American Thoracic Society Applauds Action to Reduce Methane Emissions


The American Thoracic Society applauds the collaborative effort of President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada to reduce methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that...
11-Mar-2016 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

CPAP May Not Improve Glycemic Control in People with Diabetes


People with type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may not experience improved glycemic control by using continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, as some studies have suggested, according to the results of a randomized, controlled...
11-Mar-2016 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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