Respiratory News – March 2019

Respiratory News The FDA has accepted a supplemen- tal New Drug Application for Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) as a single-dose, oral treatment for people at high risk of complications from the flu, according to Genentech. A decision on approval of the new medication should come by November of this year. Studies found that Xofluza sig- nificantly…

Sharing the Health! – March 2019

  Sharing the Health! The Lung Association fought hard to win protections called the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards put in place in 2011. Since then, these protections have become a tremendous success story, each year prevent- ing up to 11,000 early deaths and 130,000 asthma attacks. They’ve also dramatically reduced dangerous mercury pollution, as…

Fibrosis File – March 2019

Fibrosis File Be sure to check out the latest videos from the PF War- riors  meetings  and   seminars at https://pfwarrior.com/video/ Research News Physicians at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler have devel- oped a drug that could reverse scarring in the lungs that occurs in pulmonary fibrosis. A fragment of a protein,…

The Ryan Report – March 2019

The Ryan Report Home Oxygen Guru – The HO2G Pen Ready for Spring! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring and summer. Time to get out after being stuck inside for most of the winter. To those of you affected by spring flooding and weather-related disasters, I send positive vibes your way.…

Ask Mark – March 2019

Ask Mark … Mike C. is interested in endobronchial valves and asks what the differences are between them. Mark replies, The Zephyr and Spiration endobronchial valves are designed to improve lung function, exercise capacity and quality of life for people with emphysema by bypassing the areas of the lung that are most affected by their…

Editor’s Note-March 2019

Editor’s Note Taking a break from the everyday routine of coping with lung disease proved to be a fun time on a recent Sea Puffer’s trip to the Caribbean. After touring Bonaire and seeing the salt flats, we had a White Party to celebrate finding the lost shaker of salt (aka, Phil Cassler of Wisconsin).…