Flu Update – January 2011

Flu Update  Last flu season, the world went through the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years. Many research teams are working on an universal flu shot that could protect people from all flu strains for decades or even life. People who were infected in the H1N1 pandemic developed an unusual immune response, making…

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…

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…

Copd-has-many-hats-sep_oct-2010

COPD has Many Hats!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the facts on the 2010–2011 flu season. Who Should Get a Flu Vaccine This Season? It is now recommended for all people six months and older to receive an annual influenza vaccination. This is a new and expanded recommendation for this sea-son. In February 2010, CDC’s…