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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Pulmonary Research: Researchers develop new method for looking into the lungs ♦ Music therapy increases effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation

Researchers develop new method for looking into the lungs Researchers have succeeded in producing 3-D images showing oxygen and carbon dioxide transport in the lungs. The new method provides hope for better treatment of COPD and lung cancer.
Targeting frailty in pre-lung transplant patients might improve survival rates, patient outcomes Frailty can affect people of all ages and demographics. Defined simply as 'an increased vulnerability to adverse health outcomes,' frailty can affect a patient's chances of surviving a surgical procedure or needing a nursing home. A new study shows a definitive connection between frailty and survival after a lung transplant procedure.
Music therapy increases effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD patients Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other chronic respiratory disorders who received music therapy in conjunction with standard rehabilitation saw an improvement in symptoms, psychological well-being and quality of life compared to patients receiving rehabilitation alone.

Optical coherence tomography may speed detection of pneumonia-related bacteria in ICU patients Hospital medical staff may soon be able to more quickly visualize the presence of biofilm in endotracheal tubes, lessening the risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia, reports a new article. Researchers have demonstrated that demonstrated that optical coherence tomography  can be used to determine the presence of biofilm, providing an alternative to methods requiring arduous sample preparation

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