Archive for the ‘Respiratory’ Category

Imaging Techniques Reliably Predict Treatment Outcomes For TB Patients

This is a CT scan showing a TB patient's response to an antibiotic drug regimen.
Source: NIAID

Two medical imaging techniques, called positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT), could be used in combination as a biomarker to predict the effectiveness of antibiotic drug regimens being tested to treat tuberculosis (TB) patients, according to researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. [...]

New Study: Jogging Keeps You Young

Humboldt State Kinesiology Professor Justus Ortega conducts walking efficiency testing. Source Humboldt State

A new study by researchers at Humboldt State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder is shedding light on an unexpected benefit of jogging in older adults. The study looked at adults over the age of 65—some of whom walk for exercise and some who run for exercise. The researchers found that those who run [...]

A New Tool For Identifying Onset Of Local Influenza Outbreaks

Reich and colleagues say their new algorithm will help to signal that influenza transmission is rising in a given region and will assist public health officials, researchers, doctors and hospitals with prevention and healthcare delivery.
Source: UMass Amherst

Predicting the beginning of influenza outbreaks is notoriously difficult, and can affect prevention and control efforts. Now, just in time for flu season, biostatistician Nicholas Reich of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues at Johns Hopkins have devised a simple yet accurate method for hospitals and public health departments to determine the onset of [...]

Telephone Coaches Improve Children’s Asthma Treatment

A novel program at Washington University School of Medicine suggests that peer trainers who coach parents over the phone on managing their children’s asthma can sharply reduce the number of days the kids experience symptoms. The program also dramatically decreased ER visits and hospitalizations among low-income children with Medicaid insurance. Source: Sara Dickherber

Managing childhood asthma is difficult. Rather than giving daily medications — even when children feel well — many parents treat asthma only when symptoms become severe. This practice can lead to missed school days, trips to the ER and hospitalizations. But a novel program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that [...]

Surgery For Sleep Apnea Improves Asthma Control

Source: University of Chicago Medical Center

Surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids in children suffering from sleep apnea is associated with decreased asthma severity, according to the first large study of the connection, published in the journal PLOS Medicine. Researchers from the University of Chicago found that in the first year after the operation, children who had the surgery had [...]

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