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Poor Seniors Less Likely to Survive Nursing Home After ICU Stay

A first-of-its-kind study has found that seniors who are insured by Medicaid are less likely to survive in a nursing home after an ICU stay than seniors covered by Medicare and commercial insurance. The study was presented at the 2018 American...
11-May-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Widely Used E-cigarette Flavoring Impairs Lung Function

A new study has found that a common e-cigarette flavoring that has chemical characteristics similar to toxic chemicals found in cigarette smoke disrupts an important mechanism of the lungs’ anti-bacterial defense system. The study was presented...
11-May-2018 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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AVATS Surgery Shown to Be Option for Patients Deemed “Inoperable”

A new study demonstrates that awake video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (AVATS) – a minimally invasive procedure that is done under local anesthesia and sedation – is a safe and effective alternative for patients with poor lung function and...
11-May-2018 11:35 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Air Pollution Associated With Acute Respiratory Distress Hospitalization of Elderly

In a new study, researchers found significant associations between seniors’ long-term exposure to two types of air pollution and hospitalization for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The study was presented at the 2018 American Thoracic...
11-May-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Medicaid Expansion Associated with Decline in ICU Stays

A new study suggests that states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) saw a decline in ICU utilization among patients hospitalized for conditions for which hospitalizations may have been...
11-May-2018 11:35 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Worst Form of Black Lung Disease Appears Resurgent Among Coal Miners

Progressive massive fibrosis (PMF), the most debilitating and deadly form of black lung disease, is increasing among U.S. coal miners despite the implementation of dust controls decades ago, according to new research presented at the ATS 2018...
11-May-2018 11:35 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Unnecessary Antibiotic Use in Asthma Exacerbations May Increase Hospital Stay, Costs

Administering antibiotics to adults hospitalized with an asthma exacerbation without any documented indication of lung infection appears to lengthen hospital stay, increase cost and result in increased risk for antibiotic-related diarrhea, according...
11-May-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Quitting Smoking, But Not Cutting Back, Linked to Better Lung Health

Long-term light smokers appear to be at greater risk for lung function decline, emphysema and obstructive lung disease than heavy smokers who quit, according to new research presented at the ATS 2018 International Conference.
11-May-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites


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