Sick Lungs Don’t Show – January 2010

Sick Lungs Don’t Show  Adapted from a 1998 EFFORTS brochure by Edna Fiore   I may not look sick, but … I have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD.) What is COPD? It includes such illnesses as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and sometimes asthma. It is primarily characterized by extreme shortness of breath.   Living with COPD…

Fibrosis File – January 2010

Fibrosis File  Help Is on the Way NeoPharm, Inc. has filed an investigational new drug application with the FDA for the treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). The company plans to start a Phase I clinical study in which the drug, now called IL13-PE, will be administered as an aerosol. NeoPharm expects to conduct the…

Flu News January 2010

Flu News  After America returned to work, reported cases of H1N1 flu increased the week after Christmas. President Obama issued a proclamation asking all Americans who have not already done so to get vaccinated against the flu. The fears over adverse side effects of the H1N1 vaccine have not materialized. With an estimated 136 million…

Respiratory News-November-2009

    Respiratory News The American College of Chest Physicians recently held their annual meeting in San Diego. They have an excellent web site for COPD information in plain language at http://copd.acponline.org. Some of the studies that were presented at the convention include: A retrospective study showed anemia (low hemoglobin levels) is a significant comorbidity…

Product Corner-November-2009

    Product Corner Gerry Chagnon, Director of Pulmonary, Vascular & Diagnostics at Orange Park Medical Center in Florida, recently told us of a new system his hospital is using to diagnose lung cancer as quickly as possible. The technology, called the inReach™ System, by super Dimension, provides navigation and guidance to distant regions of…