Sunday, November 30, 2014

Respi - new solution for COPD and Asthma

Respi is a startup aiming to enable patients with asthma, COPD and other respiratory conditions. Respi is an comprehensive management system, comprised of a mobile spirometer and software that offers personalized advice to enable disease optimization by patients and their physicians.

Smartphone Spirometer 

Mobile spirometer uses your smartphone’s sensors to ensure proper body posture during the measurement, and adjust the collected data based on environmental conditions such as pressure and temperature.



With Respi app you can visualize your spirometry data and easily understand your respiratory condition. In a single touch you can browse through your history (data) and understand your progress. You can see how medication increased your lung functionality, and track your asthma attacks using our localisation framework.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

1st Eurasian Respiratory Summit 2014

I would like to share with you my experience and impressions about the 1st Eurasian Respiratory Summit, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey at 21-23 November 2014. The main topics of the Congress were:
Scientific Topics
• Recent Developments in Asthma
• Recent Developments in COPD
• Practical Applications in Pulmonary Diseases 1
• Pediatric pulmonary Diseases
• Developments in Lung Cancer Treatment
• Interstitial Pneumonopathy
• Recent Therapeutic Approaches in COPD
• Cochrane Compilation in Pulmonary Diseases
• Severe Asthma Diagnosis and Treatment
• Pleura Diseases
• Pulmonary Hypertension
• Occupational Pulmonary Diseases
• Practical Applications in Pulmonary Diseases 2
• Interventional Endobronchial Applications
• Smoking as a Global Health Concern
• Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
• Pneumonia
Interactive Round-table Meeting Topics
• Approaches to Serious Asthma Patient
• Challenges in COPD Treatment
• WH-Questions in Pneumonia
• Guide to Asthma-Rhinitis
• Allergen Spesific Immunotherapy

The conference was attended by a wide range of professionals (more than 200 persons) such as industry leaders, university academics and researchers from all the regions including Turkey, Middle East, Asia, North Africa and Europe. It was high level meeting, the speakers were world known leader in Respiratory medicine from 11 countries.

Finally we would like to thank the 1st Eurasian Respiratory Summit Scientific committee and its President Professor Bulent Tutluoglu, Turkey for a successful Conference and remarkable annual organization which allowed taking part in different discussions, to acquire useful information and to establish relations with international specialists.
My presentation from

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

World COPD Day 2014

Today is World COPD Day 2014! Please feel free to talk about ‪#‎COPD‬ every day and every possible moment, but not only today! Spreed the word! COPD remains the important cause of death at the global level!
World COPD Day is organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) in collaboration with health care professionals and COPD patient groups throughout the world. Its aim is to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and improve COPD care throughout the world

Each year GOLD chooses a theme and coordinates preparation and distribution of World COPD Day materials and resources. World COPD Day activities are organized in each country by health care professionals, educators, and members of the public who want to help reduce the burden of COPD.

The first World COPD Day was held in 2002. Each year organizers in more than 50 countries worldwide have carried out activities, making the day one of the world's most important COPD awareness and education events.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension Awareness Day

Today is Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension Awareness Day!  
This year November 18th has been assigned as the official Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension  Awareness Day. This will be the first ever awareness day focused on CTEPH or chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a form of pulmonary hypertension caused by blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism).
In most patients who have suffered a blood clot, blood thinners are enough to restore blood flow and prevent the development of pulmonary hypertension. However, a minority of patients will not respond adequately to blood thinners and may develop CTEPH. Patients may even develop CTEPH without a known history of blood clots.

Friday, November 14, 2014

World Diabet Day 2014: link between Respiratory Disorders and Diabetes

Dear Respiratory Friends today is World Diabet Day 2014!
Diabetes may act as an independent factor negatively affecting lung structure and function. Diabetes can cause muscle and neuronal damage, which is relevant to deficient function of respiratory muscles. Moreover, diabetes is independently associated with lower physical performance, which can be disabling for patients with COPD, who already have some limitation in physical performance. 

DM is able to detrimentally affect alveolar capillary membrane and decrease DLCO, similarly to other microangiopathic complications, such as diabetic nephropathy. Furthermore, DM is associated with the presence of glucose in airway secretions, and this may contribute to the increased risk of pulmonary infections seen in diabetics. MetS can increase the risk of COPD exacerbation, and diabetes is associated with worsened outcomes of COPD flares. On the top of that, coexistent OSA may increase the risk for type 2 DM in some individuals.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Amiko - new smart medication management technology

Dear Respiratory friends, today we are presenting absolutely new approach to management of COPD and asthma. This is Amiko - new smart medication management technology.  
Amiko can help patients to become more mindful, more engaged, more active in managing their medication while we have also developed a bridge to keep the patients and the caregivers and their loved ones connected always. It also involves staying in touch with your personal doctor so he or she can stay updated on how the treatment is progressing, staying in touch with the pharmacists for automatic refill of your prescriptions.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Prepared for Ebola??? CHEST 2014 Ebola-focused Session (Video session)

In response to the widespread coverage of the Ebola virus, CHEST hosted late-breaking Ebola-focused sessions during CHEST 2014 in Austin, Texas. These sessions featured health professionals who have been on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, clinicians who have experienced Ebola in the United States, and other experts in virology, epidemiology, and disaster preparedness.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sleep and Breathing Barcelona 2015

Dear Respiratory Friends we are happy to invite to the Sleep and Breathing conference 2015!!!

The Sleep and Breathing conference is the largest pan-European meeting of its type and the only meeting offering an integrated approach to the investigation and treatment of sleep disorders.
In Barcelona 2015, the focus remains predominantly on sleep breathing disorders and our programme will cover as well other sleep-related areas of paediatrics, obesity, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, psychology, psychiatry and neurology.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1st Eurasian Respiratory Summit

Dear Respiratory Friends we are happy to invite you at 1st Eurasian Respiratory Summit!  Its special message from the President of 1st Eurasian Respiratory Summit Professor Bulent Tutluoglu:

Although Academic Respiratory Society has been a quite young foundation, it has come a long way in regards to the valuable projects that it has designed. The appreciation that we receive for the national and international scientific activities that we conduct so far highly motivates us for our future projects. As an end result of the close relationships that has been built with Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkic Republics we have come to a very distinctive point regarding the approaches to respiratory diseases, scientific collaboration and joint meetings.

To be able to annunciate the problems of the different countries of this specific geographic region and moreover to establish consciousness by speaking a mutual language we are organizing 1st Eurasian Respiratory Summit on the dates of 21-23 November 2014 in The Marmara Taksim Hotel Istanbul /Turkey. Our National Congress will take place at the very same dates as well. By this opportunity I would like to invite all of you to our 1st Eurasian Respiratory Summit. Your participation is of great value because you will be sharing your knowledge, experience traditional accomplishments with us. 
Prof.Dr.Bulent Tutluoglu
Chairman, Executive Board