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Researchers identify fast and accurate approach to diagnose respiratory tract infection

Researchers identify fast and accurate approach to diagnose respiratory tract infection

Researchers from the University of Manchester are part of a team that has identified an important new approach to diagnose infections in critically ill patients rapidly and accurately. [More]
Discovery provides basis for new pertussis treatments

Discovery provides basis for new pertussis treatments

The worldwide spreading of the whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has substantially increased since 2010. Researchers from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, have investigated structure and function of an important membrane protein of the bacterium causing pertussis. They discovered that the protein structure differs from a previously postulated model. [More]
Genesis HealthCare facilities recognized with Bronze National Quality Award for improving lives of patients

Genesis HealthCare facilities recognized with Bronze National Quality Award for improving lives of patients

Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation's largest providers of post-acute care, today announced that 16 of its Centers have been recognized as 2015 recipients of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for dedication to improving the lives of patients and residents through quality care. [More]
Climate change poses medical emergency, threatens 50 years of gains in global health

Climate change poses medical emergency, threatens 50 years of gains in global health

Climate change is a “medical emergency” says Commission author, but tackling it could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century [More]
Statins benefit patients undergoing major lung resection, lower major complications

Statins benefit patients undergoing major lung resection, lower major complications

Statins have been shown to reduce complications from cardiovascular surgery. To determine whether statins might also help those undergoing major lung surgeries, a team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center conducted a well-designed study that randomized patients to receive either a statin or placebo before and after surgery. [More]
UT Southwestern researchers identify two proteins within fetal lungs that initiate labor process

UT Southwestern researchers identify two proteins within fetal lungs that initiate labor process

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified two proteins in a fetus' lungs responsible for initiating the labor process, providing potential new targets for preventing preterm birth. [More]
New research examines antibiotic choice for treating children with community-acquired pneumonia

New research examines antibiotic choice for treating children with community-acquired pneumonia

New Vanderbilt-led research shows hospitals are doing a better job of using antibiotics less commonly associated with antibiotic resistance to treat children hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). [More]
Purdue University-led study could lead to better treatments for people infected with MERS virus

Purdue University-led study could lead to better treatments for people infected with MERS virus

A Purdue University-led team of researchers studying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an essential enzyme in the virus and could lead the way to better treatments for those infected. [More]
Long-term smokers and ex-smokers have respiratory-related impairments

Long-term smokers and ex-smokers have respiratory-related impairments

More than half of long-term smokers and ex-smokers who are considered disease-free because they passed lung-function tests have respiratory-related impairments when more closely evaluated with lung imaging, walking and quality-of-life tests. Many of those people likely have the earliest stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, an incurable progressive disease (COPD) that is the third leading cause of death in the United States. [More]
Planning for first clinical trial of MERS-CoV vaccine candidate now underway

Planning for first clinical trial of MERS-CoV vaccine candidate now underway

Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have demonstrated, in a preclinical setting, the protective effect of a candidate vaccine directed against the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Planning for the first clinical trial is now underway. [More]
Pediatric study looks at evidence-based predictors of biphasic allergic reactions

Pediatric study looks at evidence-based predictors of biphasic allergic reactions

Children are more likely to have a repeat, delayed anaphylactic reaction from the same allergic cause, depending on the severity of the initial reaction. The first pediatric study to look at the predictors for this phenomenon was published today in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. [More]
Warming climate trend leads to smaller reductions in cold-related deaths

Warming climate trend leads to smaller reductions in cold-related deaths

A study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health debunks the assumption that global warming will lead to a decline in the number of deaths in winter. Findings by Professor Patrick Kinney, ScD, professor of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the School's Climate and Health Program, showed that a warming climate trend led to much smaller reductions in cold-related mortality than some experts have anticipated. [More]
Analysis of transportation data could help predict spread of flu epidemic across the U.S.

Analysis of transportation data could help predict spread of flu epidemic across the U.S.

To predict how a seasonal influenza epidemic will spread across the United States, one should focus more on the mobility of people than on their geographic proximity, a new study suggests. [More]
Alexza updates, amends ADASUVE (Staccato loxapine) commercial partnerships with Ferrer and Teva

Alexza updates, amends ADASUVE (Staccato loxapine) commercial partnerships with Ferrer and Teva

Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that it has updated and amended its ADASUVE (Staccato loxapine) commercial partnerships with Grupo Ferrer Internacional, S.A. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Ferrer is Alexza's commercial partner for ADASUVE in the European Union, Latin America, the Commonwealth of Independent States and other countries in Europe. [More]
Key lessons from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak in South Korea

Key lessons from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak in South Korea

The outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea is the subject of a fast-tracked editorial in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, written by Dr. Eskild Petersen and colleagues. [More]
New UT Southwestern research shows that exercise can improve diabetes control

New UT Southwestern research shows that exercise can improve diabetes control

Diabetics who exercise can trim waist size and body fat, and control blood glucose, even if they don't see cardiorespiratory benefits, new research by UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiologists shows. [More]
Ragweed pollen can trigger strong allergic reactions

Ragweed pollen can trigger strong allergic reactions

Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) - an otherwise unremarkable plant - produces pollen that can trigger strong allergic reactions such as asthma even in very small quantities. Scientists from Technische Universität München (TUM) and Helmholtz Zentrum München have now published a joint study showing that the substance previously identified as the major allergen only induces such a vigorous allergic response in combination with the adenosine also present in the pollen. [More]
Public health experts outline strategies for managing MERS-CoV outbreak

Public health experts outline strategies for managing MERS-CoV outbreak

The ongoing outbreak in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) is an important reminder that the Middle East respiratory virus (MERS-CoV) requires constant vigilance and could spread to other countries including the United States. However, MERS can be brought under control with effective public health strategies, say two Georgetown University public health experts. [More]
Warm Springs Specialty Hospital of New Braunfels achieves Gold Seal of Approval for Respiratory Failure Certification

Warm Springs Specialty Hospital of New Braunfels achieves Gold Seal of Approval for Respiratory Failure Certification

Warm Springs Specialty Hospital of New Braunfels, a Post Acute Medical facility, today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Respiratory Failure Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. [More]
Hill-Rom, Welch Allyn joining forces to advance patient care around the world

Hill-Rom, Welch Allyn joining forces to advance patient care around the world

Two of the world's leading healthcare technology companies are joining forces to make possible the development of leading-edge solutions that will advance patient care around the world. Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. and privately-held Welch Allyn, Inc. today announced that the Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Hill-Rom will acquire Welch Allyn for approximately $2.05 billion in cash and stock. [More]
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