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Catching Your Breath: Managing COPD Exacerbations 7/17/2014

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an inflammatory disease of the lung characterized by progressive airflow limitation that is not fully reversible.

COPD and Asthma Among Medicare Beneficiaries 7/17/2014

Data from 2010 on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma in Medicare beneficiaries were analyzed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Prevention and Management of Respiratory Viruses 7/17/2014

Pharmacists are in a key position to ensure that appropriate infection control measures are followed.

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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension 7/17/2014

PAH is a rare but serious condition that worsens over time.

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Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Management of Complications 7/17/2014

Respiratory syncytial virus, a common childhood viral illness, is a seasonal infection, with the highest rates occurring in the United States in the fall and winter (between November and March).

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Management of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 7/17/2013

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An Overview of the Treatment and Management of Rhinosinusitis 7/18/2012

It is a challenge to differentiate between viral and bacterial sinusitis, which have nearly identical symptoms.

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This chronic respiratory condition is diagnosed using a history of symptoms and their triggers, a physical examination, and spirometry testing.



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Pleurisy, also referred to as pleuritis, is an inflammation of the parietal pleura in the lungs.

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According to the 2010 National Health Interview Survey, Americans aged at least 18 years had emphysema (2%), asthma (12.7%), hay fever (7.8%), sinusitis (13%), or chronic bronchitis (4.3%).

Respiratory Problems and Nonprescription Products 7/18/2012

Some OTC medications may cause an inflammatory response in patients with respiratory conditions and should be avoided.

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Management of latent and active infection requires proper administration of antituberculosis agents.



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COPD: Investigating the Gender Paradigm Shift 9/20/2011

For years, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease prevalence in the United States was higher in men than in women; however, a shift in the gender paradigm has occurred within the last three decades.

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According to 2008 Statistical Abstract data, 1.2 billion Americans suffer from one or more forms of respiratory disease.

Assessment and Treatment of Fungal Lung Infections 7/20/2011

An increase in the number of patients with malignancy, HIV, hematologic disease, and conditions requiring immunosuppressive medications has contributed to an escalation of respiratory fungal infections.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a progressive lung disease that involves bronchitis, emphysema, or both.


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Objective pulmonary function testing helps differentiate these conditions in seniors, who often become tolerant of severe, long-standing airway obstruction and underreport respiratory symptoms.  

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Emerging therapies are attempting to address the underlying causes of this genetic disease. 

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A wide range of drugs have been implicated as the cause of respiratory syndromes. 

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The Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty System: A New Procedure for Resistant Asthma 10/20/2010

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Asthma Risk More Than Double in Adolescents Taking Acetaminophen 9/20/2010



Pharmacologic Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension 8/19/2010

Treatment of this serious and incurable condition depends on the clinical classification of the disease.

Asthma Maintenance: An Update on New Medications 7/20/2010

Uncontrolled asthma has been responsible for 1.8 million emergency department visits and almost 500,000 hospitalizations in the United States in 2004 alone.

Combination Therapy Options in Stable COPD 7/20/2010

The concurrent use of beta agonists with muscarinic antagonists and/or corticosteroids plays a role in reducing the burden of this chronic disease. 

Nosocomial Pneumonia 7/20/2010

Nosocomial pneumonia, the second leading cause of hospital-acquired infections in the United States, has the highest morbidity and mortality rates of all hospital-acquired infections.

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This sleep disorder affects millions of Americans, although many are unaware of the problem. 

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According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, 2% of adults have ever been diagnosed with emphysema; 11%, with asthma; and 3%, with chronic bronchitis.

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Managing Acute Exacerbations of COPD 7/20/2009

The early recognition of key symptoms and prompt treatment may reduce the time to recovery and the need for hospitalization.


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Due to vagueness of signs and symptoms, this serious condition may be underdiagnosed or overdiagnosed, especially in the elderly.


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Smoking Cessation 7/20/2009

As a result of both the physical and psychological addiction caused by nicotine, the smoking habit is tough to break. 


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Smoking is a tough habit to break; some may even say it is an addiction.

Smoking Out the Sale of Cigarettes 10/17/2008

Smoking is a tough habit to break; some may even say it is an addiction.

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T he pulmonary vasculature is normally a low-pressure system with approximately one-tenth the resistance to flow of the systemic vasculature.

Minimizing the Discomfort of Allergic Rhinitis 7/18/2008

Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a common medical condition that afflicts millions of Americans.

Tuberculosis: A Preventable Cause of Death in the Elderly 7/18/2008

Along with the elderly population's growth in numbers, there has been an increase in the number of tuberculosis (TB) cases among seniors.

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In 2006, the purchase of 371 billion cigarettes accounted for 90% of all money spent on tobacco products.

Advancements in the Management of Allergic Rhinitis 7/18/2008

Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a common, often chronic, health condition associated with significant morbidity.

Smoking-Cessation Options for Adolescents 7/18/2008

The consequences of smoking in adulthood are well known; nonetheless, initiation of tobacco use in adolescents continues to be the primary reason for addiction in adults.

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One in 15 Americans suffers from asthma, and every day in the United States 40,000 people miss work or school and 11 people die from the disease.

What Can the Pharmacist Recommend for Sinus Problems? 7/13/2007

Although many nonprescription products are marketed for sinus congestion and sinus headache, the FDA aims to ensure that products labeled for sinusitis will never again be sold on a nonprescription basis.

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Drink Up, You May Live Longer Several studies have linked alcohol consumption to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, especially among wine drinkers.

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Napping Can Do Your Heart Good A study in the February 12 Archives of Internal Medicine suggests an association between taking a midday nap and a reduced risk of heart disease.

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