Sleep Apnea Often Complicates Difficult Asthma
Embargoed until Sunday, May 18, 8:15 a.m. PDT
Kevin K. Brown, M.D., and his colleagues will present data from a retrospective study indicating that at least 25% of adult patients with difficult-to-control asthma also have obstructive sleep apnea. Diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea could help these patients with otherwise refractory symptoms.
Risk Factors for Hot Tub Lung
Embargoed until Tuesday, May 20, 8:15 a.m PDT
Users of indoor hot tubs and therapy pools are at risk for a respiratory ailment, nicknamed "hot tub lung," which is caused by an allergic reaction to nontubercular mycobacteria (NTM) growing in the water. Cecile Rose, M.D., and her colleagues have analyzed risk factors associated with high NTM levels in 18 warm water therapy pools and indoor hot tubs. Pools cleaned with chlorine or bromine were associated with lower NTM concentrations than those treated with UV light and hydrogen peroxide. Pools with more frequent changes of water also had lower NTM concentrations.
Genetic Mutation Found Frequently in People with Mycobacterial Infections
Embargoed until Tuesday, May 20, 1:30 p.m. PDT
Doctors at National Jewish are seeing more cases of nontuberculous mycobacterial lung infections. If an NTM infects your lungs it can be a very difficult organism to
Contact: William Allstetter
National Jewish Medical and Research Center