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Obstructive sleep apnea: focus on myofunctional therapy

PURPOSE: Orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) is a modality of treatment for children and adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to promote changes in the musculature of the upper airways. This review summarizes and discusses the effects of OMT on OSA, the therapeutic programs employed, and their possible mechanisms of action. METHODS: We conducted an online [...]

Obstructive sleep apnea: focus on myofunctional therapy2019-03-07T09:36:49-04:00

Obstructive sleep apnea: Who should be tested, and how?

Patients who have risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or who report symptoms of OSA should be screened for it, first with a complete sleep history and standardized questionnaire, and then by objective testing if indicated. The gold standard test for OSA is polysomnography performed overnight in a sleep laboratory. Home testing is an [...]

Obstructive sleep apnea: Who should be tested, and how?2019-03-07T09:38:18-04:00

Lies, Damned Lies, and Asthma

Aminophylline suppositories, cocaine nasal packs, and potassium iodide were commonly prescribed for asthma in 1963 when Claude A. Frazier, MD, wrote a thoughtful essay on the do’s and don’ts in treating allergic asthma in Consultant.1 How times have changed! Dr Frazier left us with several clinical observations that are prophetic. He was correct in asserting [...]

Lies, Damned Lies, and Asthma2019-01-11T09:38:03-04:00

What exercises can help increase lung capacity?

The lungs are responsible for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide that keep the brain, heart, and other parts of the body healthy. Age, smoking, inhaling pollutants, and other factors can affect lung function. People cannot necessarily change their lung capacity in terms of how much oxygen their lungs can hold. However, they can [...]

What exercises can help increase lung capacity?2019-07-10T13:30:42-04:00

Thirty-Day Hospital Readmission Metric Linked to Increased Mortality for HF and Pneumonia

Physicians are at increased pressure to reduce readmissions for certain chronic diseases. A recent study found that implementation of the 30-day readmission rules has been associated with increased 30-day post-discharge mortality for those hospitalized for heart failure and pneumonia. Post-discharge deaths have increased by 0.25% for patients hospitalized with heart failure and by 0.40% for [...]

Thirty-Day Hospital Readmission Metric Linked to Increased Mortality for HF and Pneumonia2019-01-09T01:51:54-04:00

Add Corticosteroids to Your Arsenal for the treatment of Inpatient Community-Acquired Pneumonia.

Corticosteroids were both beneficial and cost-effective for hospitalized adults with severe CAP. Hospitalized people with non-severe CAP may also benefit from corticosteroid therapy, but with no survival advantage In 2015, results of two randomized trials showed that systemic corticosteroids were beneficial for some hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP; NEJM JW Gen Med Mar 15 [...]

Add Corticosteroids to Your Arsenal for the treatment of Inpatient Community-Acquired Pneumonia.2018-12-19T01:49:53-04:00

Home oxygen therapy for COPD: Does it matter whether the patient is hypoxemic? Evidence vs Reality

Home oxygen therapy for COPD: Does it matter whether the patient is hypoxemic? Evidence vs Reality? Long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) is given to improve survival time in people with COPD and severe chronic hypoxemia at rest. The efficacy of oxygen therapy for breathlessness and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in people with COPD and mild [...]

Home oxygen therapy for COPD: Does it matter whether the patient is hypoxemic? Evidence vs Reality2018-12-19T01:52:32-04:00

Avoid Nightmares and Insomnia this Halloween

Allergy Sleep and Lung Care provides healthy sleeping habits to prevent disturbed sleep during Halloween Nightmares are common during the Halloween season, and Allergy Sleep and Lung Care is providing the right tools to ensure people are getting a healthy amount of sleep each night. While nightmares can be a distraction to quality sleep, disturbed [...]

Avoid Nightmares and Insomnia this Halloween2018-10-22T07:57:30-04:00

Urticaria: A Common Skin Condition Resulting In Itchy Hives

Urticaria, more commonly known as “hives,” is a skin reaction resulting in red, itchy bumps of varying size that fade and reappear as the reaction runs its course. The condition is considered chronic if the welts appear for more than six weeks and recur frequently over time. Short-term (acute) hives appear suddenly and clear up [...]

Urticaria: A Common Skin Condition Resulting In Itchy Hives2018-10-12T08:11:31-04:00

Key to Preventing Lung Cancer is Early Screening and Early Detection

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. Lung cancer accounts for about 27% of all cancer deaths and is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, [...]

Key to Preventing Lung Cancer is Early Screening and Early Detection2018-09-06T11:30:20-04:00
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