Respiratory News-November-2013

    Respiratory News Novartis Pharma has launched once­daily Ultibro Inhalation Capsules in Japan. The new medication will be for relief of various symptoms due to COPD airway obstruction by combining the proven benefits and safety profiles of two established Novartis treatments, the long­acting bronchodilator, Onbrez Inhalation Capsules (indacaterol), and the long­acting muscarinic antagonist, Seebri…

Product News-November-2013

    Product News New Products Philips Respironics has introduced the SimplyFlo Stationary Oxygen Concentrator. If it looks familiar it is basically the SimplyGo, their portable oxygen concentrator (POC), without the batteries. This will be a convenient option for people who use oxygen only at night, that will make them totally independent when traveling or…

Fibrosis File-November-2013

    Fibrosis File Exciting New IPF Research! Reporting in Modern Pathology, Ohio State University researchers have found Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) might be caused by a virus. Evidence of the pathogen, herpesvirus saimiri, was found in all tissue samples from patients with IPF, but in none of those from patients with fibrosis with a…

Ask Mark …November-2013

    Ask Mark … Corrine has Interstitial Lung Disease and asks if taking predni­ sone would be of help to her. Mark says, Interstitial Lung Disease is thankfully a slow­ progressing disease. The problem is that it affects oxygenation pretty significantly and does not have much in the way of curative medications available to…

Calling Dr. Bauer -November-2013

Calling Dr. Bauer Dear Dr. Bauer, I’ve been hospitalized with two COPD exacerbation events. I was treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are ineffectual against viral infections, are there no drugs to combat viruses?                                                                Jerry D. You ask a very good question about the cause and treatment of pulmon­ary infections in those with underlying lung disease.…

A COPD Chistmas-November-2013

    A COPD Chistmas Valerie McLeod from McLaren Regional Medical Center’s successful pulmonary rehabilitation program in Flint, Michigan, requested that we reprint this poem written by the late Jim Phillips of the Wheezenpuffs. Happy Holidays to all! T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, ’cept me…