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How A Double Lung Transplant Saved The Life Of A New Mom
Cystic fibrosis patient Fanny Vlahos was nearing the end of the second trimester of her pregnancy when she caught pneumonia and her lung function declined drastically.
By the time her son was four months old, Mrs. Vlahos was tethered to an oxygen tank and too weak to even bend over the crib and pick him up. But after undergoing a double lung transplant at Loyola University Medical Center, Mrs. Vlahos was able to breathe easily again.
"The magnitude of the gift of life is not lost on me," said Mrs. Vlahos, who lives in Downers Grove. "This donor gave me lungs, but gave my son his mother. That gift can never be repaid."
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited, progressive disease that causes thick fluid to form in the lungs and other organs, making it increasingly difficult to breathe. As the disease progresses, lung transplantation becomes an option, said Erin Lowery, MD, a Loyola Medicine pul
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Flu Vaccine Used In Elderly May Benefit Middle-Aged Adults With Chronic Conditions
Expanding the high-dose influenza vaccine recommendation to include middle-aged adults with chronic health conditions may make economic sense and save lives, report scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
The findings, published online and scheduled for a coming issue of Vaccine, call for clinical trials of the high-dose and new recombinant trivalent influenza vaccines in 50- to 64-year-old adults with chronic illnesses, such as heart or lung disease, diabetes or cancer, to determine if they do provide better protection than the currently recommended standard-dose quadrivalent vaccine.
“The growing proportion of middle-aged adults with chronic health conditions coupled with the modest effectiveness of the standard-dose influenza vaccine prompted us to explore whether existing vaccines already recommended for the elderly also could protect younger people,” said le
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One E-Cigarette With Nicotine Leads To Adrenaline Changes In Nonsmokers’ Hearts
A new UCLA study has found that healthy nonsmokers experienced increased adrenaline levels in their hearts after one electronic cigarette with nicotine.
The findings are published in Journal of the American Heart Association, the open access journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Unlike cigarettes, e-cigarettes, also known as e-cigs, have no combustion or tobacco.
Instead, these electronic, handheld devices deliver nicotine with flavoring and other chemicals in a vapor rather than smoke.
“While e-cigarettes typically deliver fewer carcinogens than are found in the tar of tobacco cigarette smoke, they also usually deliver nicotine,” said Dr. Holly Middlekauff, senior study author and professor of medicine (cardiology) and physiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “Many believe that the tar — not the nicotine — is what leads to increased
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American Society Of Anesthesiologists And CAE Healthcare Launch First-Of-Its-Kind Interactive Simulation Product, Anesthesia SimSTAT – Trauma
Anesthesia providers have been unable to improve their education and management of anesthetic emergencies in a virtual online environment, on-demand, from a simple laptop – until now. Today, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and CAE Healthcare unveiled Anesthesia SimSTAT – Trauma, the first in a series of Anesthesia SimSTAT interactive screen-based simulation modules. Anesthesia SimSTAT – Trauma is specifically designed to offer anesthesia providers an advanced training involving accident victims.
“Anesthesia SimSTAT is a first-of-its-kind virtual OR, that allows the learner to immerse themselves in an evolving and intuitive, virtual, clinical environment, and brings the simulation center directly to the learner,” said Adam I. Levine, MD, editor in chief, ASA Interactive Computer-Based Education Editorial Board. “Anesthesiology has been at the forefront of simulation tec