Saturday, October 18, 2014

2014 Guidelines: Preventing Acute Exacerbation in COPD: An Evidence-Based Approach

Experts in COPD and evidence-based medicine from CHEST and the Canadian Thoracic Society have issued a clinical practice guideline Prevention of Acute Exacerbations of COPD. Recommendations are graded in accordance with the strength of the supporting evidence and take into account physician and patient preferences. Text and evidence tables provide information concerning supporting data for the thoughtful physician. Topics covered include pharmacologic treatments, nonpharmacologic treatments, and management strategies. Easy online access makes this guideline a useful, daily tool for the busy clinician.

Exacerbations are to COPD what myocardial infarctions are to coronary artery disease: they are acute, trajectory-changing, and often deadly manifestations of a chronic disease. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How Much Sleep Does A Genius Need?

What the graph reveals is that exceptional minds generally have entirely un-exceptional sleep schedules. As you can see, most were in bed around 10:00pm and up not too long after dawn. And most were getting a solid seven or eight hours of sleep. There are studies that suggest that people are more creative at night or when they're tired, but clearly, even the world's greatest minds couldn't run on empty. Other than Balzac (who made up for his night-owlish ways during the evening and morning), very few geniuses were pulling all-nighters (although, we can't speak for their college years).

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Final programme of the 23rd Congress of The Romanian Society of Pulmonology: 8-11 Octomber

Dear friends, see you next week in Sibiu, Romania for the Congress of The Romanian Society of Pneumology, between 8 and 11 October. 
Find the scientific programme in detail at
or just click!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The 4 Most Common Sleeping Positions

How you sleep also affects your physical health. For example, the freefall position (lying on your front with your hands around the pillow and your head turned to one side) is good for digestion. But the "soldier" (lying on your back with both arms pinned to your sides) and the "starfish" may lead to snoring and a bad night's sleep.
Sleep apnea is worse when you sleep on your back, and other patients with leg cramps and restless legs syndrome restless legs syndrome have leg discomfort, so they tend to sleep in the fetal position and hold their legs.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Science Of Sleeping

Today we are presenting infographic from Hufftington Post about gender differences in sleeping patterns and harmonious solutions for couples who are sharing a bed!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Best Sleep Position

Fatigue, sleep apnea, headaches, heartburn, and back pain are some of the complaints that can be aggravated by improper sleep posture and a bad night's sleep!

Sixty-three percent of people sleep on their side. Only 14% sleep on their back and 16% on their stomach. Which way is best?
Go with the flow. 
You may have heard that sleeping on your back prevents facial wrinkles because nothing is pushing against your face, but that doesn't mean you should change your snooze. Trying to change your natural sleep position can harm the quality of your sleep.
Mattress matters. 
The condition of your mattress will often dictate your sleep position. If you have an old, worn-out mattress that sags in the middle, sleeping on your side or stomach is more difficult.
Taking sides. 
The majority of people are side sleepers, but the jury is still out on which side -- left or right -- is more popular. Most people stick with one position, but that can shift as you age, usually due to health issues. Also, no one stays in one position all night, and doing so is not good for circulation.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Alveolus: Impact of anemia on functional state of patients with COPD

Dear friends we are happy to present our study which was published today on line in Alveolus - The Official Journal of the Respiratory Assembly of Hellenic Society for the Advancement of Biomedical Research!

Special thanks to our friend and Editor in Chief of Alveolus  Alexandros G. Mathioudakis!

Background: The occurrence and prevalence of anemia in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been little studied. Recent studies prove that anemia in patients with COPD is highly prevalent and associated with increased mortality. Anemia is such a common and simple clinical finding that its real physiologic relevance in COPD can be frequently underestimated.
The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of anemia in patients with COPD and to analyse the associations between hemoglobin levels and some clinical outcomes.
You can access full text of the article on official site of Alveolus: