Interferon Gamma for IPF-July-2015

    Interferon Gamma for IPF THERAMetrics recently announced that it has been granted a patent for a pharma- ceutical kit that includes targeted treatment of IPF. The patent was granted by the Euro- pean Patent Office for a treatment involving inhalation of Interferon gamma, which is an already approved treatment for other diseases through…

Fibrosis File-July-2015

    Fibrosis File Latest Clinical Practice Guideline Recommendations The 2015 Clinical Practice Guideline: Treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) recommends using the newly FDA- approved medications, Ofev (nintedanib) and Esbriet (Pirfenidone), to treat patients diagnosed with IPF. These internationally- recognized guidelines were formed by a con- glomerate of respiratory societies, including the American Thoracic…

Solve the Summer Quiz!-July-2015

    Solve the Summer Quiz! 1: In which U.S. state is there a town named Summersville? 5 Missouri              5 Mississippi 5 Maryland            5 All of these   2: Which of these actors did not appear in the 1997 horror movie ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’? 5 Ryan Phillippe 5 Jennifer Love Hewitt…

Oxygen Users Wanted for Study!-July-2015

    Oxygen Users Wanted for Study! Oxygen users are being asked to parti- cipate in the Peer-Led O2 Infoline for Patient and Caregivers (PELICAN) study, funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. They would like to prove that people who are actively involved and learning about their oxy- gen equipment and treat- ment course…

The Ryan Report-July-2015

    The Ryan Report Thank you for all the positive comments about our annual POC (portable oxygen concentrator) comparison chart that was published in our last issue. The chart listed the volume each POC delivers at a setting of 2. I would like to take it a step further and list the volume of…

So Long, Trans Fats!-July-2015

    So Long, Trans Fats! The FDA Administration has made it official – trans fat, which is known to in- crease the risk of coronary heart disease, is not safe for human consumption. No food sold in the United States will be allowed to contain trans fat in three years. Ritz crack- ers, Girl…

Bronchial Thermoplasty-July-2015

    Bronchial Thermoplasty Bronchial thermoplasty was approved by the FDA in 2010 for people coping with severe asthma. During an asthma attack, the smooth muscles that surround your airways will tighten – people who have had this procedure have had less asthma attacks for the past five years. Heat by radiofrequency energy is deliv-…