Anascorp® antivenom has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a device in the treatment of patients suffering from the effects of scorpion sting. “This is a historic event,” states Dr. Leslie Boyer, lead investigator on clinical trials of the antivenom; director of the University of Arizona’s VIPER Institute (Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology [...]
Laughter may not be the best medicine after all, at least not in all cases. It is nonetheless a proven fact that a good sense of humor is attributed to the improvement of one’s mood, particularly those afflicted with a chronic respiratory disease. However, a recent study suggests that laughing out loud can potentially affect [...]
Recently, a team of scientific experts working on an NIH-funded research was able to develop a strain of mice equipped with an off switch to specifically turn off the cells that release serotonin. These cells form a nervous network that regulates many natural functions like temperature, breathing and mood. This selective switch only works for [...]
Heart disorders are very life-threatening, and children are affected in as much as adults are. Researchers from the Georgia Health Sciences University have been studying means to utilize the natural recycling process of the body in the hopes of allowing the blood vessels to handle the cardiac workload while awaiting treatment for the heart disease. [...]
Pneumonia is a very common infectious disease with debilitating symptoms, but the prognosis is generally good with proper medical management. According to a recent study, the administration of corticosteroids with antibiotics might prevent the progression of disease, and treat those affected with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The addition of corticosteroids to antibiotics is more effective than management with antibiotics alone.
There is growing evidence that supports the life-threatening effects of maternal smoking to the health of the fetus, particularly the general respiratory function, starting from prenatal days until the time that the child is exposed to second-hand smoke. According to Leanne Metcalf, the Director of Research at Asthma UK, this implies that smoking during pregnancy is indeed discouraged.
According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, drugs that treat heart problems may not offer the same therapeutic effect to patients with pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH). The study was conducted at medical centers in the U.S., and is the first clinical trial focusing on PAH that is funded by the NIH.
In the midst of the deployment of military soldiers to Middle Eastern countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, a move to explore the risk factors and outcomes of the planned military deployment was made. During one of the sessions of Occupational Lung Diseases in U.S. Military Personnel Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, the presenters studied current evidence on respiratory exposures, epidemiological studies and clinical lung results among U.S. military soldiers who have just embarked on their mission from Southwest Asia.
A new study conducted by researchers from Michigan and Illinois discovered that patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have increased chances of increasing their daily physical activity when exercise classes are integrated with confidence-building programs. Such improvements are only expected on a short-term basis, and COPD patients eventually return to previous levels of activity after the end of the confidence-building program.