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Improving Outcomes From Community-acquired Pneumonia

Improving Outcomes From Community-acquired Pneumonia

Find out what the best practice bundles include --for patients with community-acquired pneumonia.
FDA Approves New Inhaler for COPD

FDA Approves New Inhaler for COPD

The FDA has approved a new inhaled drug for the treatment of the lung disease COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
Pain a Common Problem for People With COPD

Pain a Common Problem for People With COPD

Narcotic pain relievers frequently used by patients with chronic lung condition, study finds
Promising New Drug for C difficile Infection

Promising New Drug for C difficile Infection

Dr. Andy Shorr discusses a recent study comparing fidaxomicin vs vancomycin for Clostridium difficile infection. Do we have a new therapy to help combat this serious infection?
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)-Overview

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)-Overview

What is SARS?Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a recently identified respiratory illness that first infected people in parts of Asia, North America, and Europe in late 2002 and early 2003. SARS is caused by a previously unknown type of coronavirus, a family of viruses that often cause ...
Holistic Treatment of Pneumonia

Holistic Treatment of Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a serious bacterial infection of the lungs. People develop pneumonia from the symptoms of minor colds or by inhaling certain kinds of bacteria. According to MedicineNet.com, pneumonia is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. There are a variety of holistic treatments fo
How to Differentiate Between Rales Vs. Crackles Vs. Wheezes

How to Differentiate Between Rales Vs. Crackles Vs. Wheezes

Rales -- also called crackles -- and wheezing are breath sounds produced by the lungs. These sounds can be distinguished with auscultation, the use of a stethoscope. Lung sounds can be heard in all parts of the chest from the collar bone to the bottom of the rib cage. Rales and wheezing are two of
How to Interpret Your Lung Cancer Pathology Report

How to Interpret Your Lung Cancer Pathology Report

On your lung cancer pathology report what do terms such as gross examination and microscopic examination reveal, and how does this affect your care?
Inhalation in Asthma and COPD With Spiromax and Turbuhaler

Inhalation in Asthma and COPD With Spiromax and Turbuhaler

Compare inhalation parameters with empty versions of the two devices, and to investigate the effects of enhanced training designed to encourage faster inhalation.
What Are the Functions of Leukotrienes?

What Are the Functions of Leukotrienes?

Leukotrienes play a helpful role in the immune system, but abnormal responses can cause allergies and asthma.medicine spray for treating asthma isolated image by dinostock from Fotolia.comLeukotrienes belong to a group of biochemicals responsible for causing the hypersensitivity...
Lung Transplant

Lung Transplant

Find WebMD's comprehensive coverage of lung transplant including medical reference, news, pictures, videos, and more.
COPD and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency-References

COPD and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency-References

A list of resources for information on COPD and Alpha.
How to Correctly Put on an N95 Respirator

How to Correctly Put on an N95 Respirator

N95 respirators are the most basic of all the respirators available. N95 is the rating, meaning the respirator filters out 95 percent of the particulates that come into contact with it. The respirators are useful in protecting you from nuisance dust and are used in the medical industry to minimize
About Causes of Pneumonia

About Causes of Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an inflammation of a person's lungs that develops from an infection. These infections are caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses and other means. Pneumonia leads to symptoms such as coughing, fluid in the lungs, and high fevers and can be deadly under the right circumstances. Over 60,000 Am
What Is Activated Cellular Memory?

What Is Activated Cellular Memory?

The term "cellular memory" relates to a hypothesis concerning the body's proposed ability to store information outside of the brain. Activated cellular memory, therefore, refers to a person's hypothetical ability to recall and act upon that information. While there is much anecdotal evidence for the
Modulator of Severity of Cystic Fibrosis

Modulator of Severity of Cystic Fibrosis

Is the ACE gene D/I polymorphism associated with severity of cystic fibrosis?
Cal's Story: Learning to Exercise When You Have COPD-Cal's story

Cal's Story: Learning to Exercise When You Have COPD-Cal's story

Why me? That’s what Cal asked himself over and over after he was diagnosed with severe COPD 5 years ago. "I spent the first 2 years moping around the house,feeling sorry for myself," he says. "I didn't go anywhere,I didn't do anything. I just sat in front of the TV and ...
Rigid Thoracoscopy or Flexi-rigid Pleuroscopy?

Rigid Thoracoscopy or Flexi-rigid Pleuroscopy?

Flexi-rigid pleuroscopes are now widely available as an alternative to conventional rigid thoracoscopes. Which is the better instrument?
SARS Virus Found in Tears

SARS Virus Found in Tears

The highly contagious SARS virus has been found in human tears, a new study shows.
Surfactant

Surfactant

What is surfactant and what is it's role in the lungs?