Asthma

VA’s COPD Knowledge, Treatment Improving, But Still ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

VA’s COPD Knowledge, Treatment Improving, But Still ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is sometimes referred to as the “quiet” or “silent” killer by clinicians trying to treat it. It presents few symptoms in its earliest stages and so is often not diagnosed… Read More

Abnormal Lung Function in Recent Veterans Raises Respiratory Disease Risks

Abnormal Lung Function in Recent Veterans Raises Respiratory Disease Risks

SAN DIEGO ─ Veterans returning from Iraq/Afghanistan and the Gulf War with pulmonary function abnormalities have a significantly greater risk of developing chronic respiratory disease years later, according to a new study presented at the 2014 American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Diego.

Recruits, Military Breathe Easier with Relaxed Asthma Accession Standards

Recruits, Military Breathe Easier with Relaxed Asthma Accession Standards

Unlike 10 years ago, the military services now accept recruits who had childhood asthma but have not been symptomatic since age 13. The relaxation of accession standards partly was necessitated by the increasing incidence of asthma in the general population.… Read More

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Significantly Increases Risk of Sever Asthma

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Significantly Increases Risk of Sever Asthma

Older Patients Especially Affected By Annette M. Boyle MADISON, WI — For older patients, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) appears to increase the risk of severe asthma sevenfold, which could be especially significant for veterans because of their high rates of… Read More

Bronchial Thermoplasty Brings Long-Term Relief to Severe Asthmatics

Bronchial Thermoplasty Brings Long-Term Relief to Severe Asthmatics

Army Hopes Treatment Will Allow Return-to-Duty for Ill Soldiers By Annette M. Boyle HONOLULU — Pulmonologists at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu have pioneered a treatment that has brought relief to nearly a dozen military health system or VA… Read More

Creation of New Burn Pit Registry Applauded by Veterans’ Groups

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Veterans’ groups are applauding a new law creating an Open Burn Pit Registry, which was passed by Congress over the VA’s objections. In 2004, smoke billows in from all sides as Sgt. Richard Ganske, 84th… Read More

Harsh Environment in Southwest Asia – Not Just Burn Pits – Cause Health Problems in Troops

By Annette M. Boyle STONY BROOK, NY –While burn pits have been the focus of a controversy for years about causes of high rates of respiratory illnesses among military personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, evidence increasingly paints a more… Read More

1918 Flu Virus Circulated Silently Before Becoming Killer

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the flu virus that killed 50 million people worldwide in 1918 “circulated silently” at least four months before the 1918 influenza reached pandemic levels in… Read More

Congressional Testimony Fuels Debate on Deployment-Related Respiratory Disease

WASHINGTON — A pulmonary physician recently testified at a Senate subcommittee hearing about the number of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with moderate to severe respiratory diseases, underscoring the growing debate about whether deployment to those theaters of operations… Read More