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Lung disease – German airports prepare for suspected cases

The German airports are bracing for a possible introduction of this new lung disease from China. For the case of an emergency there is “detailed contingency plans”, – stated in a communication from the airport Association ADV. “The necessary medical capacities are available.” The German airports had with the competent authorities, in close contact. Currently, […]

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Benralizumab not effective reducing exacerbations in moderate to very severe COPD

More than 15.3 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is the third leading cause of death in this country, according to the American Lung Association. Patients often experience potentially life-threatening exacerbations, which can include days-long flare-ups of symptoms including shortness of breath that occur when the airways narrow […]

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Online support for GPs reduces unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions

New research from King’s College London, published today in The BMJ, shows that electronically-delivered prescribing feedback and online decision support for GPs reduces unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory illness. NHS prescribing data show that UK GPs prescribe approximately 1.8 million courses of antibiotics every month to treat respiratory infections such as coughs, colds, bronchitis, otitis […]

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A human model to test implants for cataract surgery

Researchers at the University of East Anglia in collaboration with Hoya Surgical Optics have improved a laboratory model that simulates cataract surgery on human donor eyes. Their latest human model allows evaluation of artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implants under conditions that better reflect the post-surgical environment. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens […]