Study finds tall, thin women may be more vulnerable to the bacterial lung infection ‘NTM’
DENVER, CO -- August 27, 2013 -- Tall, thin women face a greater risk of infection with nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), an organism closely related to those that cause tuberculosis, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. Their study appears in a recent publication of The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care.
“What we are finding is that there are more women with this infection than men, and strikingly, there is more disease among white women who are tall and thin,” said Michael Iseman, MD, co-author of the study and a professor of medicine at National Jewish Health.. . . read more
Of patients referred to leading respiratory hospital, 1 in 4 don’t have asthma, 70 percent under-diagnosed
DENVER, CO -- September 23, 2013 -- It’s estimated that more than 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma, but there is growing concern that many are being misdiagnosed or under-diagnosed and may be suffering from untreated conditions.
“It’s very logical for general practitioners to assume most breathing problems are asthma, especially in children,” said Tod Olin, MD, MSCS, a pediatric pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. “But there are a lot of breathing problems out there, and for children who are failing therapy, we need to think about those other diagnoses.”. . . read more
80,000 children a day miss school, many just after school starts when conditions are worst
DENVER, CO July 31, 2013 -- 13-year old Serenity Williams-Fregia loves school, but dreads the start of it. Like seven million other children in the U.S., Serenity has asthma, and shortly after classes start, so do her breathing problems.
“It happens every year, I always get sick. Very sick, actually, and I feel like just as school begins, I’m already falling behind,” she said.
Serenity is not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children with asthma miss a combined 14.4 million school days a year, which is about 80,000 a day. Many of those occur just after school begins when conditions are at their worst.. . . read more
A growing number of patients learn of allergies to new hips & knees only after surgery is done
DENVER, CO -- Imagine what Paula Spurlock must have been going through. Shortly after having a hip replaced in 2011, the trouble started. “I had horrible itching and intense pain throughout my body,” she said. “I couldn’t take it. Every single thing in me itched.”
After many months and several trips to specialists, Spurlock was told it could be anything from food allergies to her medication. But no matter what she changed, the symptoms persisted and Spurlock resigned herself to a life of misery. “I just kind of thought that’s what life was going to be like,” she said.. . . read more
Rise in temperatures & carbon dioxide levels are boosting pollen, extending allergy seasons
DENVER, CO - March 2013 -- There may be different opinions about the causes of climate change, but experts say there is no denying its existence - and the effects are nothing to sneeze at. Researchers say global warming is leading to larger plants, earlier and more robust pollination and, as a result, worsening allergies.
“With the combination of increased temperature and carbon dioxide, we are seeing a dramatic change, and allergy sufferers can probably feel that change,” said Richard Weber, MD, an allergist at National Jewish Health in Denver, and president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. “We are experiencing longer allergy seasons, earlier onset and there is just more pollen in the air,” he said.. . . read more