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Editor’s Note-November-2014

    Editor’s Note Dear Santa, have tried to be very good this year! I read a simple little book entitled Live and Learn and Pass It On and identified with many of the observations. I have learned that every person I have met and talked to had something to say that I found interesting or…

What Exactly is Ebola-November-2014

    What Exactly is Ebola? The American Association for Respiratory Care tells us the first case of Ebola outside of Africa was reported in Dallas, Texas earlier this year. Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with a strain of Ebola virus. The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history,…

Readmission Penalties-November-2014

    Readmission Penalties More than 2,600 hospitals have been fined because too many Medicare patients being treated for heart failure, heart attack, pneu- monia, elective hip and knee replacement readmissions and chronic lung disease. As part of their Hospital Readmission Reduc- tion Program, Medicare reduced payments to hospitals that had high readmission rates. The…

Fibrosis File-November-2014

    Fibrosis File Merry Christmas! Thanks to input from people dealing with the disease, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two new drugs, Nintedanib (tradename Ofev® from Boehringer Ingelheim-BI) and Pirfenidone (tradename Esbriet® from InterMune), to help Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). It is the first time the FDA has approved any treatment…