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Monday, March 25, 2013 Volume #12 -- Issue #128
Susie Bowers, Editor --- Web-Editor@COPD-International.com
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AS "TELEHEALTH" GROWS, EXPERTS QUESTION COST BENEFITS
Monitoring patients at home using modern technology, so-called
"telehealth," is tipped as the next big thing in healthcare, but
a new study by British researchers suggests it may not be worth the
The findings will fuel controversy over the economic case for
telehealth, which many information technology and telecoms companies
are betting on as a multibillion-dollar market opportunity.
Martin Knapp, professor of social policy at the London School of
Economics, one of the leaders of the study, said the disappointing
results did not mean telehealth was a waste of time but did suggest
it needed to be better targeted. See Article:
U.S. TB RATES REACH ALL-TIME LOW, BUT RESISTANCE A THREAT
Tuberculosis (TB) rates in the United States reached an all-time low
in 2012, with fewer than 10,000 cases reported even as the global
threat of drug-resistant TB rises, but U.S. officials fear progress
in beating back the disease could be fleeting.
About a third of the world's population is infected with the bacteria
that cause TB, and nearly 4 percent of those newly infected globally
are resistant to multiple drugs from the start. That signaled that
resistant forms of the disease were being transmitted directly from
person to person, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
Dr. Kenneth Castro, director of the division of TB elimination at the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said the
global threat of TB underscores the need for the United States to
remain vigilant in fighting the disease. See Article:
TOASTY WARM HOUSES LINKED TO BETTER HEALTH
That toasty warm building in winter may not just be psychologically
comforting. According to a U.K study, improving buildings to enhance
"thermal comfort" - with central heating or insulation, for instance
- pays off in both physical and mental wellbeing.
"I think the main message is that housing improvement can improve
health, especially if it's warmth and energy improvement targeting
people with respiratory illnesses," said Hilary Thomson, the study's
lead author from the Medical Research Council in Glasgow, U.K.
The most common housing conditions tied to poor health are air
quality, heat and humidity conditions, radon, noise, dust, tobacco
smoke, falls and fires. See More:
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UPMC PERFORMS FIRST "BREATHING LUNG"? TRANSPLANT
ON EAST COAST USING OCS LUNG
UPMC surgeons have performed a "breathing lung" transplant using a
portable machine that provides a constant supply of blood and
nutrients to the donor organs, which doctors say has the potential to
keep them healthier and viable for longer than ever before.
The double-lung transplant was performed March 4 at UPMC
Presbyterian, using the Organ Care System, also known as the OCS
lung, by TransMedics Inc. This is the first time the device has been
used on the East Coast. The patient, a 53-year-old man from
Moundsville, W.Va., had suffered from pulmonary fibrosis and
pulmonary hypertension. See Article:
ANTIBIOTIC LINKED TO HEART PROBLEMS IN COPD PATIENTS
Study looked at clarithromycin use for lung conditions, but didn't
A widely used antibiotic may increase the risk of heart problems in
patients with lung conditions, according to a new study.
The antibiotic clarithromycin is commonly used to treat lower
respiratory infections, such as pneumonia and sudden worsening of
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Previous research has
suggested that the use of clarithromycin may increase the risk of
heart problems, such as heart failure, heart rhythm disorders and
sudden cardiac death. See Article:
RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY PROTEIN LINKED TO EXACERBATIONS
Researchers from the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute and Nippon
Medical School in Japan have identified a protein likely to be
involved in the exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD). This protein, Siglec-14, could serve as a potential new
target for the treatment of COPD exacerbation. In a study published
recently in the journal Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences the
researchers show that COPD patients who do not express Siglec-14, a
glycan-recognition protein, are less susceptible to exacerbation
compared with those who do. See More:
STUDY: FAMILY DOCS CAN TREAT SIMPLE SLEEP APNEA
With some basic training, primary care doctors and nurses could treat
uncomplicated sleep apnea cases, according to a new study from
Australia that highlights the potential cost savings compared t o
treatment at specialty sleep medicine centers.
The researchers, who followed 155 people with sleep apnea over six
months, found that those treated by family doctors and nurses who had
undergone a brief training regimen improved just as much on a scale
that measures daytime tiredness as people who were treated by sleep
"We're suggesting that with the right training and motivation (sleep
apnea) can be taken care of at the primary care level with the help
of specialists," said Dr. Doug McEvoy, the study's lead author from
the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health at Repatriation General
In the early 1990s, it was estimated that between 2 percent and 4
percent of adults had sleep apnea, but with rising obesity, the
condition is likely more common, McEvoy and his colleagues write in
the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA). See More:
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RECALLS
The link below leads to the list of active recall cases of the
United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and
Inspection Service (FSIS). See current recalls at
U.S. FDA RECALLS
To view current U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalls,
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BIG FAT REFERENCE GUIDE
From COPD Foundation
This Guide has been created for people with COPD. Using easy to
understand language, they give information about how a doctor
diagnoses COPD and what that diagnosis means. They also provide info
on the available treatment options, and share with you many things
that you can do to have greater control over your disease.
They hope this information will push individuals with COPD to take an
active role in understanding and managing their health. This may
allow them to enjoy an improved quality of life.
This Guide is aimed mostly at patients, their families and their
caregivers. However, they hope it can also be helpful to doctors and
other health care providers working with COPD patients.
See Info: http://www.copdbfrg.org/?page_id=74
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Food, Drug, and Medical Product Safety
FORTIFY YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT VITAMINS.
Content provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Vitamins are essential nutrients that contribute to a healthy life.
Although most people get all the vitamins they need from the foods
they eat, millions of people worldwide take supplemental vitamins
as part of their health regimen.
Why Buy Vitamins?
There are many good reasons to consider taking vitamin supplements,
such as over-the-counter multivitamins. According to the American
Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a doctor may recommend that you
take them for certain health problems if you eat a vegetarian or
vegan diet if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
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ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES FOR TREATING ANXIETY
Some alternative anxiety treatments have scientific backing; for
others, the evidence is just anecdotal. See Story:
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KEEPING IN TOUCH (KIT) WITH OUR COPD FRIENDS
Over the years, we have had many of our active COPD friends simply
disappear suddenly. As COPD patients, we would begin to worry about
them, not knowing if they were ill, in the hospital, or worse.
Others who live alone have found themselves in the unfortunate
situation of winding up in the hospital due to an emergency, with no
means to contact their friends and support lists. For many, COPD
also tends to make hermits of them, with diminishing contact with
others. All three of these situations have been addressed in the
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DEDICATION TO THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US
Some we have known by name, others only by nickname and still
others have remained totally unknown, preferring to read, learn and
seek comfort in the knowledge that they were not alone.
In honor all COPD patients everywhere, both known and unknown,
who have gone on before us, we have dedicated a section of the
website. See Memorials:
MESSAGE BOARD ON SURGICAL OPTIONS FOR COPD
Thanks to the generous contribution of time and experience by some
of our regulars here at COPD International, we were able to open a
new message board for the exchange of information and support on
surgical options for COPD. This new board will cover subjects such
as LVRS, transplants and valve procedures, etc. For a complete
listing of all our message boards (forums), please go to
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DRIVING REACTION TIME FOR OLDER PEOPLE
I know all of you are very good drivers, so here is a fun test to see
how good your speed is. The automobile driving manual says the
average driver's reaction time is .75 seconds or 1 car length for
every 10 mph. Test your average reaction time.
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Editor's Note: Recipes are not diabetes-friendly
unless otherwise noted.
CHICKEN AND ASPARAGUS FETTUCCINE
This is so rich and filling that one serving goes a long way. Crusty
bread and a salad is all this creamy dish needs to make a complete
and hearty meal.
PREP 15 mins
COOK 25 mins
READY IN 40 mins
12 ounces dry fettuccini pasta
2 cups 1 inch pieces fresh asparagus
1/2 cup butter
2 cups half-and-half cream
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
3/4 cup grated Parmesan chees
1/2 pound cooked chicken breasts - cut into bite size pieces
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta,
and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Add the
asparagus during the last 3 to 5 minutes of cooking. Drain,
and transfer to a large bowl.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine butter and
half-and-half. Cook until thick and bubbly. Season with
garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Stir in
Parmesan cheese and chicken, and heat through.
Pour sauce over pasta and asparagus, and toss to coat.
> > > > > > > > COPD WORD OF THE WEEK < < < < < < < <
A breathing emergency that occurs when asthma symptoms
increase, peak flow decreases, or you need more medicine
than usual to control symptoms; also called an exacerbation
or a flare-up.
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- Ralph Waldo Emerson -
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