December 05, 2012

Urban pollution contribute to children’s asthma

  California’s effort to reverse urban sprawl and encourage denser development may mean more children will live closer to polluted high-traffic areas. A new study estimates that near-road air pollution is at least partially responsible for 8 percent of childhood asthma cases in Los Angeles County. The authors reported that their findings “suggest that there…

November 27, 2012

Advair: How Safe is it?

  The 2001 product launch of the asthma drug Advair (fluticasone/salmeterol) was a lavish, Las Vegas affair. Using images of a slot machine to illustrate their message, top GlaxoSmithKline executives took the stage in front of thousands of assembled sales reps. “There are people in this room who are going to make an ungodly sum…

November 25, 2012

Children With Allergies and Steroid Use

Drug experts have warned parents and healthcare professionals to double-check if children with allergic conditions such as asthma and hayfever are being over-prescribed corticosteroids. The warning follows research unveiled at the British Pharmaceutical Conference (BPC) in Manchester revealing that many children with multiple allergic conditions such as asthma, eczema and hayfever may be exposed to high, cumulative doses of corticosteroids through…

November 13, 2012

Our New eCommerce Website for Doctors and Their Practice

LEWISTON, ME – 11-13-2012 — MD Spiro a Micro Direct company proudly announces the launch of their new spirometry eCommerce website platform for doctors and their practice.  MD Spiro specializes in the sale and support of pulmonary diagnostic medical device products and can now sell direct to a doctor’s practice any time of the day. …

October 11, 2012

Push for a spirometer in every doctor’s office?

Professional societies have encouraged primary care providers to conduct spirometry testing for the detection of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In spite of this effort, the success rate is unacceptably low. Simple flow-sensing spirometers have technical flaws that can cause misreadings, and they are rarely checked for accuracy. When spirometry is performed by an experienced…

October 11, 2012

Spirometry in Primary Care: Airway Obstruction in Smokers

BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and its severity determination is based on spirometry. The quality of spirometry is crucial. OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to assess the quality of spirometry performed using a spirometer with automated feedback and quality control in a general practice setting in Switzerland and to determine the prevalence of…