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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 [...]

Childhood Asthma Linked To Lack Of Ventilation For Gas Stoves

Gas stove.
Source: © masik0553 / Fotolia

Parents with children at home should use ventilation when cooking with a gas stove, researchers from Oregon State University are recommending, after a new study showed an association between gas kitchen stove ventilation and asthma, asthma symptoms and chronic bronchitis. “In homes where a gas stove was used without venting, the prevalence of asthma and [...]

COPD Patients Breathe Easier With Lung Flute, Study Shows

he Lung Flute® allows patients to clear lung mucus simply by blowing into the hand-held respiratory device.
Source: Image courtesy of University at Buffalo

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) report improved symptoms and health status when they use a hand-held respiratory device called the Lung Flute®, according to a new study by the University at Buffalo. Usually caused by smoking, COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is the third leading cause of death in the US. [...]

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