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An Artificial Asthma Attack by CCLCM Student .. Medical Student Posted Wed 04 Feb 2009 4:01pm Over the last couple of weeks, I've been getting increasingly short of breath while walking. Now granted, I'm not currently in nearly as good of shape as I was before med school, but I'm still in good enough shape that I should be able to walk a mile without getting short of breath! So I went to the doctor, and I ended up getting some lab work ... Read on »
Non-invasive asthma marker helps minimize the need for steroids by swanlogan Posted Wed 03 Feb 2010 11:34pm Known for its negative environmental impact, nitric oxide (NO) causes acid rain and photochemical smog. As a molecule produced in the respiratory system, however, it's vital for the dilation of airways and blood vessels, and the beating of cilia to clear secretions from the lung. Nitric ... Read on »
Cough: differential diagnosis and treatments by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted Sat 13 Jun 2009 12:27am The demographics of cough are impressive. Cough is the second most common reason for all office visits to physicians. In 1992, this was 24,997,000 visits or 3.6% of all visits. Cough is the most common reason for acute office visits to physicians. 76% of patients with cough are seen within 6 days of onset. After the vagus nerve is stimulated ... Read on »
My report on the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology's 2011 meeting by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted Sat 02 Apr 2011 12:00am I attended the AAAAI's (for short!) 2011 meeting in March.  I thought this was a productive meeting for me.  This is an international meeting of allergists from around the world. I got to investigate a number of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems firsthand.  This helped to crystallize my thoughts of the current status of EMR currently a ... Read on »
Exhaled Nitric Oxide Measurements Can Be Used to Both Diagnose and Rule Out Asthma: Presented at AAAAI by swanlogan Posted Sun 07 Mar 2010 11:15pm Doctors have been using fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) measurements to indicate airway inflammation and aid in asthma diagnosis for some time, leading many to believe that these measurements could play a role in actually diagnosing the problem. As it turns out, this noninvasive, inflammatory marker may not only send up a red flag for a posi ... Read on »
Exhaled nitric oxide and airway hyperresponsiveness in workers: a preliminary study in lifeguards by swanlogan Posted Mon 18 Jan 2010 12:37am Background Airway inflammation and airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) are two characteristic features of asthma. Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FENO) has shown good correlation with AHR in asthmatics. Less information is available about FENO as a marker of inflammation from work exposures. We thus examined the relation between FENO and AHR i ... Read on »
Feb 24 2011 Struggle for diagnosis-meds+self care by Roxlyn Facebook Posted Thu 24 Feb 2011 8:31pm The mystery - WHAT is happening to you?  Getting a diagnosis can sometimes take years,  you think you are only getting older andweaker…isn’t that natural?  Should you complain about it?   YES!  Every little change in your habits can bea clue for the doctor.   Finally gettingdiagnosed with a progressive lung disease(or any other disease)  is ... Read on »
Provocation in the lungs by Dr. Gemzel H. Medical Doctor Posted Tue 16 Sep 2008 6:06am 2 Comments Recently I had some discrepancies with senior respiratory specialists regarding some dificulties differentiating some cases of moderate/severe persistent asthma versus some COPD cases. The discrepancy was based on the usefulness of bronchial provocation as an aid in supporting one or other diagnosis. If there is a clear response to bronchial ... Read on »
Diagnosing Asthma by Health&Fitness GuideforDummies Posted Fri 24 Apr 2009 7:22am Effectively managing your asthma begins with your doctor correctly diagnosing your condition. In order to determine whether asthma causes your respiratory symptoms, your doctor should take your medical history, perform a physical exam, test your lung functions, and perform other tests. The diagnostic processes that your doctor uses are crucial ... Read on »
Research topics: UV rays and allergic airway disease by Danielle L Posted Thu 01 Apr 2010 11:11am Although I haven’t done one in awhile, research-related posts seem to actually be well-liked by you guys (I was surprised and delighted by this!) So I thought I would revive the idea and make these a semi-regular feature of this blog. How did I pick today’s topic? I typed “asthma” into PubMed , a search engine for scientific articles, and picke ... Read on »