Respiratory News-November-2010

    Respiratory News The FDA announced recently that it has taken enforcement action against five electronic cigarette companies for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, including unsubstantiated claims and poor manufacturing practices. An international study looking at DNA from over 26,000 people has identified several genetic variants that substantially increase susceptibility…

Traveling News-November-2010

Traveling News Helpful Travel Tips for This Holiday Season! When traveling by air, rather than dragging your luggage to the airport and paying for checking the bags, why not consider shipping the bags ahead? It will cost about the same but it will save you energy and time at the airport. If the suitcase weighs…

Sharing the Health-November-2010

    Sharing the Health What Is in Some Supplements? Santa’s little helper on our front cover, Stephen Rule, of The Villages, FL, reports that the September 2010 issue of Consumer Reports magazine contains a discus- sion of various supplements. The following three fall under the category of “Supplements You Should Avoid.” Supplement name: Coltsfoot…

Fibrosis File-November-2010

    Fibrosis File Pirfenidone Now Available in India Pharmaceutical company, Cipla, has introduced pirfenidone in India under the brand name Pirfenex, for the treatment of IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis). Until now there was no approved treatment for IPF. Pirfenidone has been shown to slow down progression of the disease and stabilize lung function. Earlier…

Calling Dr. Bauer -November-2010

    Calling Dr. Bauer Dear Dr. Bauer, I was recently diagnosed with sarcoidosis – can you tell me a little bit about it?                                                    Emily Barnes, Schenectady, NY I would bet that most of our readers have never heard of a lung disease called Sarcoidosis. Although not common, lung specialists see many patients with…