Tuesday, July 22, 2014

22nd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society

The European Sleep Research Society is an international scientific non-profit organisation whose purpose is to promote research on sleep and related areas, to improve the care for patients with sleep disorders and to facilitate the dissemination of information regarding sleep research and sleep medicine. 

The Estonian Sleep Medicine Association is a young society, founded in 2005, and the ESRS is proud to host its congress in a region where sleep medicine and sleep research is developing at a fast pace. We are particularly happy that representatives of other Nordic sleep societies have accepted our invitation to join the local organising committee. Tallinn, the capital and largest city of Estonia, is considered to be Estonia’s crown jewel, boasts cobbled streets and rejuvenated 13th-century dwellings. Dozens of cafés and restaurants create an atmospheric retreat after exploring historic churches and scenic ruins, galleries and boutiques. Like most cities with an eight-hundred-year-old past, Tallinn is a patchwork of historic areas. The city’s pride and joy is without a doubt its Medieval Old Town with impressive and worth seeing monuments as Tallinn Town Hall which is the only Gothic style town hall left in Northern Europe, the Medieval Churches, Towers and Gates. Congress attendees will not only benefit from scientific exchange during the formal activities. Networking with colleagues with a mixture of backgrounds allows for identifying new research ideas and cooperation. The ESRS family is also about friendship and having fun; over the years many of us have established lasting friendships with colleagues from abroad, highlighting the international and truly European character of European Sleep Research Society.

Please click here to see the detailed, interactive programme of the ESRS 2014.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Global Moment of Remembrance

Sincerest condolences to our friends at the International AIDS Society!! Up To 100 Passengers on Board Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 Were Top Experts In HIV/AIDS... Former International AIDS Society President Joep Lange from Netherlands, along with Glenn Raymond Thomas, a Geneva-based spokesman for World Health Organization, were two of a number of high-profile passengers who were heading to an international AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Dear Friends today we are re-posting message from International AIDS Society:

Since the earliest days of the fight against AIDS, we as a community have understood the importance of taking time to remember and recognize the loss of our loved ones. This Sunday, at the start of the opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, we will honor those who died on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 through a special tribute delivered by their friends and colleagues.

The International AIDS Society invites you to join us wherever you are in this global moment of remembrance. Please take time to pause from your day and gather with colleagues and loved ones.  

The names of those confirmed at this time by friends and colleagues on board flight MH 17 are:
Pim de Kuijer, STOP AIDS NOW!
Joep Lange, co-director of the HIV Netherlands Australia Research Collaboration (HIV-NAT)
Lucie van Mens, Director, AIDS Action Europe
Maria Adriana de Schutter, AIDS Action Europe
Glenn Thomas, World Health Organisation
Jacqueline van Tongeren, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Management of Stable COPD: An Update 2014

Dear Respiratory friends, we are happy to present our new article: Management of Stable COPD: An Update 2014 from Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews! Free for download!

ABSTRACT Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major problem for public health worldwide and an important cause of morbidity and mortality at the global level. Its burden is expected to increase progressively in the next years. This article summarizes the most current aspects of the non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment of stable COPD. Non-pharmacological therapies, such as smoking cessation, vaccinations, oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation are covered briefly. Drug classes covered are short acting beta agonists (SABA), short acting muscarinic antagonists (SAMA), long acting beta agonists (LABA), long acting antimuscarinics (LAMA), inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), LABA/ICS combinations and specific phosphodiesterase (PDE4) inhibitors.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Beware of Allergy on EAACI Congress 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and Asthma-Allergy Denmark are launching an outstanding campaign with a high-impact street action to increase awareness of the burden and seriousness of allergy. Allergy is a public health problem of pandemic proportions that affects more than 150 million people in Europe, where it is the most common chronic disease1. According to experts, 1 out of every 3 children have an allergy and they expect the disease to affect more than 50% of all Europeans in 10 years’ time. Furthermore, up to 1 in 5 allergic people suffer a serious debilitating disease and are in fear of death from a possible asthma attack or anaphylactic shock1. Anaphylaxis is a severe, generalised allergic reaction largely caused by food, drugs and insect bites.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The business of smoking

Countries in the east are increasing production and consumption of cigarettes while western countries are cutting back.


Tobacco-quitting cigarettes on World No Tobacco Day 2014

Taiwanese designer Tseng Yi Wen has conceived a series of 4 tobacco-quitting cigarettes aimed to break smoking habits. the concept behind each would make tobacco consumption significantly less, while still allowing for an occasional smoke.

Tobacco-day’ prints the date on every cigarette, reminding the smoker of how many they have consumed, and to limit the allowed number of smokes per month. 
‘could you give me a cigarette?’ is a common question often asked by smokers. yi wen has conceived a single cigarette that is sharable, to be broken into two parts. by dividing the tobacco, you help reduce the other person’s smoking amount, and your own.

Friday, May 30, 2014

E-cigarettes on World No Tobacco Day 2014

Refilling e-cigarettes requires the use of liquid nicotine, or “e-liquids,” that can cause adverse reactions such as vomiting, seizures, cardiac problems, and death to both children and adults when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

Widely available online, the concentration of nicotine sold in e-liquids varies from 1.8% up to 10%, which can can be deadly. Experts say children are lured by the bright-colored, sweet-smelling substance. The number of calls to poison control concerning liquid nicotine increased 300% from 2012 to 2013, according to the National Poison Data System.