December 7, 1992 |
Aaron Lee knows more about his bronchial tubes than most 11-year-olds. When he awakens at 3 a.m., struggling for breath in his Inglewood home, he gives himself a home breathing treatment--even though he sometimes falls back to sleep, spilling medicine on his pajamas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1992 |
Karen Stare can still recall how terrified she was 12 years ago after her first child was born prematurely with a life-threatening respiratory disease and placed on a then-radical support system. "She was this big," Stare said, gesturing about eight inches, "and all red. Both tubes were coming out of her neck. She was on a respirator and had an umbilical catheter. "She was such a fighter. . . . They had to pin her down with safety pins."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1991 |
A widely available vaccine is about 60% effective in preventing common kinds of pneumonia and should be more widely administered to the elderly and other susceptible people, a study has found. The researchers said their work "provides compelling evidence" of the value of the vaccine, which has been on the market since 1977. Each year, about 2 million Americans catch pneumonia, and at least 40,000 of them die. It is the nation's most frequent lethal infection.
October 25, 1991 |
Scientists here have developed an artificial lung substance that in animal tests prevented respiratory distress syndrome--a significant killer of adults and premature babies, according to a study published today in a scientific journal. Researchers have labored for years to develop a synthetic form of the substance, called surfactant. Each year about 39,000 premature babies are born without surfactant and develop respiratory distress syndrome, an inability to keep air sacs open in the lungs.
July 10, 1991 |
A team of researchers has stumbled upon what they and others say could be a partial explanation for the recent rise in asthma cases and deaths--a trend that epidemiologists have observed worldwide and have been at a loss to explain.
June 26, 1991 |
Diarrhea and respiratory diseases such as pneumonia killed 7.5 million children last year, but child deaths in the Third World could be slashed through simple treatment, the World Health Organization said. Director General Hiroshi Nakajima said diarrhea deaths could be cut by half over 10 years, mainly by treatment with oral rehydration salts. Pneumonia fatalities could be reduced by a third through use of oral antibiotics. Both treatments cost less than 50 cents per person.
April 12, 1991 |
The state Supreme Court, extending new protection to disabled workers, on Thursday let stand an appellate ruling requiring a smoke-free workplace for employees with respiratory ailments aggravated by tobacco smoke. The justices refused to hear a challenge to a far-reaching appellate court ruling that workers whose functions are impaired by tobacco smoke are "physically handicapped" and thus protected under the state Fair Employment and Housing Act.
March 29, 1991 |
UCLA researchers say an 11-year study has demonstrated for the first time that the deterioration of lung function is long lasting with chronic exposure to air pollution, whether it be Southern California smog or East Coast-style industrial smokestack emissions. A host of earlier experiments had revealed lung irritation lasting a day or two in people who breathe polluted air for several hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1991 |
For people with respiratory problems, decreased lung capacity does not only restrict breathing. It can also restrict activities, ranging from taking a walk to taking a vacation. But now that six graduates of the pulmonary rehabilitation program at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center have relearned how to breathe and have tackled formerly impossible activities like taking a walk, the hospital plans to further test their new-found endurance on a seven-day cruise to Mexico in March.