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January 31, 2017

Teva Wins U.S. Approval for GSK Advair Copy

Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has won U.S. approval to market a copy of GlaxoSmithKline’s best-selling Advair inhaler, although the real battle is still to come. Teva’s version of GSK’s blockbuster medicine, called AirDuo RespiClick, is not directly substitutable for Advair and is only approved for asthma, while Advair is also widely used for chronic obstructive…

January 16, 2017

Antipsychotics May Boost Respiratory Failure Risk in COPD

Antipsychotics have been tied to acute respiratory failure in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Taiwanese researchers reported. In a population-based, case-crossover study, more COPD patients had filled a prescription for antipsychotics 2 weeks before having acute respiratory failure compared with a control period several months prior (11.7% versus 8.8%), Meng-Ting Wang, PhD, of…

December 30, 2016

Another Reason Not to Smoke While Pregnant

With New Year’s resolutions kicking into high gear in the month of January, why not help your patients truly stop smoking in this New Year. Especially with your pregnant patients, it is even more important to support a high quality smoking cessation program in our daily practices. Women who smoke during pregnancy may be more…

December 15, 2016

How Do E-Cigarettes Affect the Body?

Many people believe electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or vapes) are a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. But with a new report from the U.S. surgeon general calling e-cigarette use “a major public health concern,” this may not be the case. The FDA reports an alarming 900% rise in e-cigarette use among high school students…

November 29, 2016

Thunderstorm’s and Asthma

As we have found with the recent deaths in Australia in the news from “thunderstorm asthma” it is important to remember that storms can trigger your patient’s asthma and allergies that could, in severe situations, kill a patient.  Asthma and thunderstorms Thunderstorm asthma is a potentially dangerous mix of pollens, weather conditions and rain that…

November 14, 2016

Smoking more hazardous for HIV patients than the virus itself

Cigarette smokers who are HIV positive appear to have a higher chance of dying from smoking-related complications than from HIV, according to research published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Numerous health problems are associated with smoking. Smokers have a high chance of developing heart disease, cancer, serious lung diseases, and other infections, such as…

October 30, 2016

World’s second largest tobacco company says to quit smoking

You want a trip to Philip Morris International to feel like a visit to Marlboro Country. But the company’s Swiss research center, aka the Cube, just won’t play along. Perched above crystalline Lake Neuchatel, southwest of Zurich, the glass hexahedron holds secrets to a future when, Philip Morris says, the world will be blissfully smoke-free….

October 17, 2016

Researchers Study Diagnostic Error in Asthma, COPD

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study the impact of diagnostic error on outcomes for pulmonary patients and the use of lung-function testing in primary care. More than 30 million adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed…