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American Thoracic Society news tips for May
The American Thoracic Society journals for May feature the following newsworthy studies: low socioeconomic status is associated with a significantly worse outcome in children with cystic fibrosis; research links new asthma symptoms with preteen girls who become overweight between the ages of 6 and 11; and research shows the advantages of a structured educational program in reducing unscheduled visits to the emergency room for severe asthma exacerbations. (2001-05-23)

Expert advises annual lung test for smokers during physical exam
A leading expert on the crippling lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) today called for smokers to take a simple lung function test called spirometry during their annual physical exam to determine whether their respiratory system is being compromised by their cigarette habit (2001-05-20)

Novel ceramic foam is safe and effective insulation
Israeli researchers have begun pilot-scale production of a new high-temperature thermal ceramic insulator that may become a safe and economical substitute for asbestos and other potentially harmful ceramic fibers now in use. (2001-05-15)

American Thoracic Society news tips for April
The American Thoracic Society's journal for April features the following newsworthy studies: persons who suffer from severe asthma and who are also affected by psychopathology create increased health care costs compared to non- psychiatric severe asthmatics; new research links a common infectious agent with asthma; and an executive summary report details the best validated disease management concepts for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (2001-04-26)

Laser treatment reduces scarring after heart attack
Low-energy laser irradiation may reduce the severity of scarring of heart tissue caused by a heart attack, according to a study by researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. This study is among the first to explore its effect on alleviating some of the damaging effects of heart attacks. (2001-04-15)

Researchers develop white wine with cholesterol-lowering benefits, discover Israeli wines healthier than French wines
Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have created a kosher white wine with the beneficial effects of red wine. In a related study, they also found that an Israeli wine has more of the health-promoting chemicals than its French counterparts. (2001-04-12)

American Thoracic Society news tips for March Journal Second Issue
News from the second issue for March of the ATS journal focuses on the following: experts call for further private- public sector cooperation to develop new drugs to deal with the growing major global problem of tuberculosis infection; researchers believe that a slower rhythm of tiny, hair-like nasal structures called cilia could lead to more respiratory infections in the elderly; investigators discover that a short, broad skull formation is associated with sleep apnea in white persons. (2001-03-28)

American Thoracic Society news tips for the March Journal (first issue)
The following newsworthy studies appear in the ATS March journal (first issue): hormone replacement therapy reduces the risk of sleep apnea in postmenopausal women; coal miners with significant losses in lung function are at greater risk for developing respiratory tract illnesses and for premature death; and tuberculosis reinfection from another individual may be more of a significant cause of disease than previously shown. (2001-03-14)

Genetic twist may hold key to why some arteries narrow after angioplasty
Balloon angioplasty, the most common procedure to clear blocked arteries, is a quick fix with little long-term gain for many heart patients. Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have discovered a possible explanation æ genetics. (2001-03-08)

American Thoracic Society news tips for February
The following newsworthy studies are featured in the February American Thoracic Society journals: children exposed to environmental tobacco smoke in the womb have a higher rate of physician-diagnosed asthma; exposure to endotoxins in the first few months of life causes wheezing among babies with a family history of allergy or asthma; and postmenopausal women who took hormone replacement therapy have improved pulmonary function and less pulmonary obstruction. (2001-02-14)

Scientists identify a cause of fainting syndrome that affects young women
People who complain of repeated dizzy spells, elevated heartbeat, or fainting after standing up from a lying position will now have their concerns better addressed by doctors. Neuropathic Postural Tachycardial Syndrome (NPTS) affects approximately 500,000 people in the U.S., primarily women between 20 and 45. (2001-02-11)

FDA gives nod to technion 'Sleep Moustache'
The FDA has approved a novel device that inexpensively and accurately screens for sleep apnea at home. The patient fastens a 4-inch long plastic strip to his upper lip before bed. Three tiny temperature sensors attached to the strip record when the patient stops breathing. (2001-01-28)

American Thoracic Society news tips for January
The following newsworthy medical research studies appear in the January American Thoracic Society journals: the use of oral steroids to control a severe asthma attack reduced the risk of death from the disease by 90 percent; the rate of lung function decline in African-American women, as they age, was significantly less than shown for white women; and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease was detected in persons with mild sleep-disordered breathing. (2001-01-17)

American Thoracic Society news tips for December
Newsworthy studies from the December American Thoracic Society peer-reviewed journals include: a large study showing that more comprehensive investigation is needed to uncover close contacts of infectious tuberculosis patients; that Canadian researchers have discovered a high rate of occupational asthma; and that asthmatic children show large lung deficits from exposure to maternal smoking in the womb. (2000-12-20)

American Thoracic Society news tips for November
Newsworthy studies from the American Thoracic Society November journals include research showing that Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) among patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is clustered in specific zip codes; also, that low birthweight and prematurity increase the effect of ozone on asthmatic children ages 4 to 9. (2000-11-15)

American Thoracic Society news tips for October
Newsworthy research connected with the following studies appear in the American Thoracic Society October journals: 1. Fourth-grade students show a significant decline in lung function growth from polluted air; 2. Habitually sleepy drivers have a 13-fold greater risk of an auto crash; 3. Study shows long-standing asthma causes irreversible reductions in lung function. (2000-10-18)

New test predicts complications in diabetes
A new blood test predicts which diabetes patients are likely to develop complications. The test will provide guidance to doctors in choosing the proper treatment for each patient. As well, the research that underlies the test may indicate a route to new and more effective treatments that prevent complications. (2000-09-26)

American Thoracic Society journal news tips for September
News from the American Thoracic Society September journals includes research showing that urban living constitutes the biggest risk for asthma in children; tuberculosis (TB) has become the most common opportunistic infection in human immuno- deficiency virus (HIV); and that prenatal steroids directly increase the production process of surfactant in very premature infants with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). (2000-09-20)

American Thoracic Society news tips for August
Newsworthy articles in the American Thoracic Society August journals include: survival rates have risen two-fold for HIV- related pneumonia with respiratory failure; new lung function data from normal Hong Kong children were 10 percent lower than figures for white youngsters; and relapses from a respiratory disease called cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP) are part of the disease process and do not affect outcome. (2000-08-16)

American Thoracic Society news tips for July 2000
Stories from the American Thoracic Society (ATS) July journals include: research on a greater rate of hospitalization associated with occupational asthma; a high incidence of clinically silent acid reflux detected among asthma patients; and diesel exhaust tests show tiny particles cause airway inflammation in normal subjects. (2000-07-19)

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for June
Articles in the ATS June journals highlight how: the prevalence of bronchitis, colds, and middle ear infections in school children ages 5 to 14 falls after a dramatic drop in air pollution in east Germany; lung function continues to grow in adolescents after height increases cease, with males showing a more marked effect; researchers develop a new diagnostic tool to detect asthma in very young children. (2000-06-13)

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for May 2000
The following news tips are from studies published in the American Thoracic Society journals for May: 1. Farm adolescents have a much lower prevalence of asthma as compared to non-farm teenagers; 2. A viral disease in infancy is strongly associated with the development of asthma by age 7-1/2; 3. An expert panel publishes its views of asthma as a continuum of disease from symptoms to airway remodeling. (2000-05-17)

Fast global satellite link tracks cars, monitors pipelines
A new satellite communication device can track a stolen car in near real time -- even before the owner finds out the car is gone. A compact unit creates a global communication pipeline that bypasses the Internet or other phone lines currently used with standard satellite-based monitoring systems, eliminating the resulting delays. (2000-05-17)

First national survey shows Americans' bedding can make them sick; Allergens the culprit
Note: The embargo date for this release has been moved to 5/9/00 at 8 am EST from 5/10/00 at 8 am EST. Survey results suggest that over 45 percent of the U.S. housing stock, or approximately 44 million homes have bedding with dust mite allergen concentation of a level that has been associated with the development of allergies. (2000-05-08)

Aqua lung: Indoor hot tubs found to be source of lung disease
Microscopic organisms contained in aerosols generated by indoor hot tubs can cause lung disease in the people who regularly use them, a National Jewish physician reports today at the American Thoracic Society International Conference. (2000-05-08)

Asthma can affect sex life, study finds
Asthma negatively affects the sex lives of two-thirds of patients participating in a study presented at the International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in Toronto. (2000-05-06)

American Thoracic Society news tips for April
Articles in the American Thoracic Society April journals focus on research and state-of-the-art articles direct at such topics as the noticeable differences in lung function test results between Asian American and European Americans, the molecular and genetic aspects of lung cancer, and lung density changes from smoking and aging revealed over five years. (2000-04-19)

New ATS/CDC statement revises treatment and testing for latent tuberculosis infection
New guidelines on the testing and treatment of persons with latent tuberculosis infection issued this month by the American Thoracic Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend several important changes from previously recommended practices. (2000-04-19)

A surgeon without a heart but with a steady hand
The best surgeon may be a robot with a steadier hand than a human's. A mini-surgical robot, developed at the Technion--Israel Institute of Technology, is currently being tested in human knee replacement surgeries without the guidance of a physician's hand. Of the estimated 200,000 knee replacements done in the U.S. each year, 10 percent need to be repeated due to surgical error. The precision of robotic surgery has the potential of greatly reducing this figure. (2000-03-28)

American Thoracic Society news tips for March 2000
News tips from the American Thoracic Society journals for March 2000 feature briefs on research directed at a treatment that prevented all auto accidents for high risk sleep apnea patients over two years; the development of the first biochemical marker for acute lung injury; and a study showing X-ray screening for tuberculosis is the most cost effective disease prevention method for immigrants from high-risk countries. (2000-03-15)

Researchers view gallstones forming: May lead to earlier diagnosis of digestive disease affecting 10% of Americans
For the first time ever, researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology observed the initial stages of gallstone formation. This can help physicians learn how to inhibit their formation through medication and dietary changes, eliminating the need for invasive treatment. The observation, made possible by the use of two complementary state-of-the-art microscopy systems, will be published in the February 2000 Hepatology. (2000-01-24)

Simple test predicts ability to grow new blood vessels: Breakthrough in battle against heart disease, diabetes, cancer
The human body is able to grow new blood vessels that compensate for the blocked vessels that cause heart attacks. These new vessels may also feed cancerous tumors and cause blindness in diabetes patients. A study published in the August 3 Circulation describes a simple blood test that can predict a person's ability to grow such vessels. Armed with this, doctors can better decide on appropriate treatment. (1999-08-02)

Whirlpools of light offer speedy data transmission
Small lasers can produce complex patterns of tiny optical vortices, whirlpools of light less than ten thousandth of an inch across. The finding, which will be published in the July 9 Science, could be used as the basis of new methods of high speed data transmission and processing. (1999-07-09)

Magnet Therapy Eases Severe Depression, Double Blind Study Shows
Magnets have lately been hailed as the answer to a wide variety of ailments, but rarely have these claims been backed by scientific evidence. Now a double-blind study at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology shows transcranial magnetic stimulation of the brain eases severe depression without the painful convulsions and memory impairment associated with electroconvulsive therapy. The findings will be published in this month's Archives of General Psychiatry (1999-04-14)

Global Plan Launched To Cut Childhood Asthma Deaths By 50%
In Barcelona, Spain at the World Asthma Meeting, international experts in asthma management called for global action to reduce childhood asthma deaths by 50%. The five- year effort was announced on the eve of the first ever World Asthma Day coordinated by the Global Initiative for Asthma - established by the World Health Organization, and the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (1998-12-11)

Fructose Consumption May Accelerate Aging: Skin's Elasticity And Softness May Be Affected
Animal studies have shown that excessive consumption of fructose -- a commonly used sweetener -- results in age- related alterations as measured in skin and bone collagen. Its effect on skin is to increase collagen crosslinking which reduces skin's elasticity and softness, which may, in turn, lead to wrinkles. (1998-11-24)

Cosmic Rays Could Destroy--And Create-- Life
Jets of cosmic rays from colliding stars are among the theories proposed to explain the earth's great extinctions. The researchers who first proposed this theory now say that the radiation produced by cosmic rays would have caused mutations in surviving life and created new species. The doom and creation theory explains the abrupt repopulation of the earth with new species that followed some extinctions. (1998-07-10)

Priestly Gene Shared By Widely Dispersed Jews
New evidence has been found that links descendants of the Jewish priestly caste -- the Cohanim. The research team arrived at an estimated date for the most recent common ancestor that is consistent with biblical account; and found that the genetic marker is consistent for Sephardi or Ashkenazi Jewish communities which had been separated for more than 500 years. (1998-07-10)

Israeli Microsatellite, Most Compact And Least Expensive For Its Payload To Test New Equipment, Materials
A 106 lb. microsatellite to be launched June 23 by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is considered, for its payload, the least expensive and most energy efficient. It will test equipment never tested in space before. In addition, it contains a stabilization system that allows for a simpler launch with no spin, and a novel horizon sensor to keep it pointed in the correct direction. (1998-06-15)

Obscure Enzyme May Play Major Role In Heart Disease
A little-known enzyme may play a major role in preventing heart attack. The (1998-04-15)

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