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Today, @AsthmaIreland made a public statement in support of Minister @EamonRyan's proposed Solid Fuel Regulations. We called on all parties to support the regulations in a bid to end the 1,300 premature deaths caused annually by fine particle emissions from burning solid fuels.
The new regulations would ban smoky coal and wet wood, and prohibiting the commercial sale of sod turf, will save lives, but provide for continued turf extraction by those with turbary rights and distribution within small communities. @Dept_ECC
Air pollution can cause as well as exacerbate #chronicillness like #COPD, #asthma, heart disease and #stroke, #cancer, #diabetes and #dementia. Irish clinical research also links spikes in air pollution with increased hospital admissions for asthma and heart disease @roinnslainte
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I am a dr who has dedicated her career to people w/ #cancer.
I am the grateful daughter of a #lymphoma survivor.
I have #asthma.
Why wouldn't I #wearamask if it might prevent an illness, death, or #longcovid disability?
If you find masks uncomfortable, I can suggest some to try.
(And then I'm going to talk to you for the ENTIRE flight & all the way down the terminal to baggage claim & ground transportation about masks, so be ready if you're in the seat next to me & do this. Might be better just to #WearAMask.😂)

#MedTwitter #TrueStory
And then when I change your mind, you'll be in an airplane thumbs-up selfie with me wearing your favorite of the several brands of spare N95 masks I have in my backpack.
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Hallo Frau Meier, liebes @faznet Team.
Ich schreibe diesen Artikel in Antwort auf Ihre Publikation unten.
Sie lassen es krachen, ich auch.
„Unsere Autorin freut sich über das Ende der Maskenpflicht, weil sie findet: Wir sollten weniger Angst haben. Das Contra zur Debatte um die Maskenpflicht.“
Wir sollten weniger „Angst“ haben. Ein sehr beliebtes Framing der Querdenkerszene.
Welche „Angst“ wird hier aufgegriffen ? Eine Angst vor einem Virus, dass allein in Deutschland 131.728 Todesopfer gefordert und über 22 Millionen Infektionen (mit einer 10%igen Chance auf #LongCovid und davon 10% #MECFS) zur Folge hat?
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I'll be adding short important points which would hopefully help in remembering certain concepts during #PLAB preparation, to this thread🧵every now and then as I take them out from my scattered notes. Feel free to comment your tips and tricks which would help others, as well 👇
Please don't take any of these as medical advice 😂🙏. Real life stuff is much more nuanced. These are just clinchers for the sake of the exam.
1. Drug contraindications...
-Avoid BAN drugs in Asthma (Beta blockers, aspirin, NSAIDS) &
-DAMN drugs in diarrhoea (Diuretics, ACEIs, Metformin, NSAIDs)
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🧵on basic #inhaler technique b/c we can all do better educating our #copd #asthma patients 🫁

Studies show inhaler error is common & many pts aren’t taught how to use their inhalers properly

↑💊 ≠ always the answer

#MedTwitter #MedStudentTwitter #Tweetorial
Step 1: Actually ask how they use their inhaler😅

With so many types, it’s not surprising pts & providers get confused 😵‍💫

Esp in clinic, ⏰ is tight. But only takes a min to explain

Also pharmacists/RTs are amazing! I <3 using them when able

Let’s first discuss the common inhaler devices. Which one was used in the clip above?

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Dr. Wong's recent MS is 1 of 31 papers authored+co-authored by our T32 post-doctoral fellows since 2016. Grateful to @nih_nhlbi for funding our Training Program (T32 HL129949), given a pressing need for physician-scientists and scientists in pediatric pulmonary medicine. 1/3
Thankful for our T32 fellows -Drs. Tim Perkins, Anjani Ravindra, @catarmbruster, Rob Abood, @EricaLStevensMD, Soyeon Kim, @jeremy_landeo, Bo Zhai, Kristina Gaietto, + Matt Wong, our outstanding mentors and faculty, and our Exec. Committee-Drs. @EForno+ John Alcorn+ @morrisa1668
And very appreciative to our External Advisory Board - Drs. Tom Ferkol + Ed Silverman + Ben Gaston, @PittPediatrics + @ChildrensPgh. @NHLBI_LUNGDir
#BestGeneration #FundTheFuture #HealthEquity #Innovation #Discovery #Asthma #CF #ALI
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Day 3 of #Omicron symptoms was my worst so far, with fatigue & a very heavy head, alongside sneezing. My tight chest, feeling of reduced lung capacity and tickly lung sensation had subsided slightly, as did the coughing, that had become painful on Day 2 #Oximeter down to 96%... I slept a lot on Day 3.

But now it's 1am on Day 4 and I feel full of life. Fatigue gone. No more headache. Slight wheeze still, Oximeter 96%; no appetite, but sense of smell and taste are fine.

Wonder whether the worst is over, as I'm double AZ-jabbed plus Pfizer-boosted?
I can't find evidence of people relapsing into worsening symptoms post-Day 3, but my lungs are my weakness... Am I good right now because I slept so much over the last 3 days?

Tomorrow I begin my participation in the @UniofOxford #Molnupiravir (antiviral) trial.

Link follows... ImageImageImage
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This 🧵 resonated. Trained in Houston, #asthma central, I was in this scenario SO many times.

I had the best #pediatric training at @TexasChildrens & @bcmhouston - you see it all.

Amazing that mere tweets can transmit humane, quality #MedEd teaching across the globe.
After moving to Boston I found myself surrounded by highly anxious doctors. We have an over abundance of resources and a healthier population. I saw people quick to overreact and manage (poorly) their own anxiety & need for control, with harmful aggressive overintervention.
I also do get being “Harvard” makes one a target. Juries are not going to understand “at the brink of death” and not intubating or the equivalent action in another scenario. “Jury of peers” is not present in a malpractice case. Good care can seem negligent, paradoxically.
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1/ After having so much fun during my #Pulmonary consults block, I decided to put together some of my favorite reads during this rotation. No specific order, a mix of guidelines, reviews, and trials that I found helpful. #Sharingiscaring
2/ Cavitary Lung Diseases: A Clinical-Radiologic Algorithmic Approach - @journal_CHEST -

An algorithmic approach for the evaluation of cavitary lung disease; full of CT-images, definitions, and important clinical aspects.
3/ High-Resolution CT of the Lung: Patterns of Disease and Differential Diagnoses -

A Bible during my consult rotation, a comprehensive combination of HRCT with pathology of an infinite numerous of lung diseases. Great resource to build differentials.
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Starting #UnsungHeroesImmuno. Did you know about Onesimus and his knowledge of variolation? 1/
#UnsungHeroesImmuno What about Dr. William Augustus Hinton and his work with syphilis? 2/
#UnsungHeroesImmuno We also have Drs. Louis Tompkins Wright and Jane Cook Wright, a father-daughter pair that changed the field of oncology. 3/
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🧵1/5 #UKchildren 💔I’ve lost track the number of times this kind of “but…”argument is used where (all ages) covid death figures are concerned- but they were old, but they had serious health problems, but they were obese… it feeds down the flow chart of u can ignore covid b’cos
..2/ at the results end of the flow chart we have personal choice trumps severe health risks, eugenics, getting told to f-off on SM when raising issues for CEV community, valid concerns dismissed as hysteria or anxiety, stay indoors & keep the hazmat suit on etc etc….
3/ the longer covid drags on thanks to these ignorant, hurtful,discriminatory takes, the gloomier the outlook gets, yet doom & gloom is what those wanting to suppress covid were accused of. Having #asthma, #chemotherapy #transplant pt, etc your risks are waaayyy higher
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There's a lot to take in on the #CHEST2021 platform, but don't forget to check out the e-posters. I want to highlight a few that caught my attention!

Pic 1: Aerobic exercise improves #Asthma phenotype in severe asthma
Pic2: Positive correlation b/w ONSD and ICH volume #POCUS1st ImageImage
Silvestri & co:
** Remimazolam safe & effective to achieve moderate sedation for flex bronch
** Faster sedation onset & recovery vs. placebo w/ rescue vs. open-label midazolam
** Ready for discharge sooner

#CHESTIP #Bronchoscopy #CHEST2021 Image
.@sarangspatil1: Preop HFNC in patients undergoing cardiac surgery associated with reduction in postop pulmonary complications & risk of post-op infections.

Scan the QR code for more details.

#CHEST2021 Image
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Did you hear that @LifeatPurdue scientists have created the world’s whitest paint? With increased reflection, it actually cools the surface it coats

…and it makes for good laughs on the @colbertlateshow. #ph260720
The built environment is the human-made physical space where we live, work, and socialize. These spaces have tremendous impacts on our health in the pollutants they produce and the activities they facilitate.
The built environment can facilitate or hinder physical activity depending on the availability and safety of sidewalks, bike paths, and trails. Lower physical activity in absence of these features can lead to obesity #ph260720
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Vaping and #asthma

Justine from Kangaroo Pt, Brisbane smoked 30 #cigs a day for 35y

✅“within 2 weeks of #vaping I could breathe and sing again”
✅“instead of Ventolin every 2 hours I take it maybe once weekly”
✅“I have stopped my preventer”
✅“my cough has gone”

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Justine is no exception.

Other recent #asthma patients have told me:

✅“no more chest infections”
✅“my asthma has completely gone since I started vaping”
✅“my asthma is much better”
✅“my asthma has substantially improved”

But Lung Foundation Australia (who have blocked me) + @AsthmaAustralia want them to keep smoking! Why?

The @TheBHF is a strong supporter of #vaping

Do YOU have asthma? How did switching to vaping affect you? Please reply and let me know

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Every year, exposure to #AirPollution is estimated to cause 7⃣ million premature deaths and result in the loss of millions more healthy years of life.

🆕 guidelines recommend air quality levels to protect health and save lives around the 🌎🌍🌏

The WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines provide clear evidence of the damage #AirPollution inflicts on health, at even lower concentrations than previously understood. The guidelines recommend 🆕 air quality levels by reducing levels of 🔑 air pollutants.

The 🆕 WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines recommend air quality levels for 6⃣ pollutants.

Small particulate matter (PM₁₀ and PM₂.₅) are of particular public health relevance, as they are capable of penetrating deep into the lungs 🫁.

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Spring 🌼 starts tomorrow! 🌸🐝🌻

While we’re all still in #ACTlockdown I will post one action you can take each day over the next 14 days to mitigate the impact of allergenic pollen on your daily life (and have some fun along the way)

14 days = 14 ways
#hayfever & #asthma Image

Follow: the great organisations and university-led research programs that provide up-to-date information to help us to better understand the seasons and peak times of pollen around Australia @AirRaterUTAS @CanberraPollen @PollenForecast ImageImage

Participate in citizen science:

Download the apps from @AirRaterUTAS @CanberraPollen & compare your allergy symptoms with daily pollen counts.

Receive individualised reports that show how pollen impact your symptoms - leading to improved early intervention solutions. ImageImageImageImage
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While we're beginning to understand more and more about the #microbiome, research on the #mycobiome (fungi 🍄) is in its infancy. Here is my summary of 🔑 points from @aeprobio's seminar on the latest research on fungi and the gut!


Bacteria in the #gut outnumber fungi as a class, but at the individual species level can occur in the same numbers.
Most #gut fungi belong to Ascomycota or Basidiomycota
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New preprint 🧵🧵🧵:
Led by @ SaahithiRao @MattKellyMD and @Duke_Childrens @DukeCHDI colleagues Wen Zhao, Jason Lang, Laine Thomas, and Ben Goldstein
#asthma #pediatrics #SARSCoV2
Remember how in #DukeBRAVEKids we found that kids with asthma seemed to be at lower risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection?
We decided to try to run that down using a population-level, retrospective EHR-based analysis from @DukeHealth
We identified every kid in the system (6,515) who met our asthma definition started (, lived in Duke’s main catchment area, and had at least one encounter in the two years before the pandemic
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It's #WorldAsthmaDay.

#Asthma is a common lung 🫁 condition that causes intermittent breathing difficulties. It often starts in childhood, although it can also develop in adults, and affects people of all ages.
Common symptoms of #asthma include

✅ Coughing
✅ Wheezing
✅ Chest tightness

During an asthma attack, these symptoms become much worse. Asthma attacks can be fatal but are largely preventable and manageable.
#Asthma cannot be cured, but good management with inhaled medications can control the disease and enable people with asthma to enjoy a normal, active life.

For more info 👉
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I am an Asthmatic, i use inhalers, inhalers are not addictive. They cause your airways to open up. Duration of its action differs, inhalers with salmeterol or formoterol works for 12 hours. The steroid in the inhalers act to reduce inflammation inside airways and 1/
try to maintain an open airway.Some asthmatics recover fully, some don’t.Asthma can present as fatigue on exertion,shortness of breath,or just chronic cough. Asthma gets better when you exercise and lose weight, as 🫁 compliance increase and fat surrounding airways also reduce 2/
Asthma can be from mild to life threatening-leading to intubation as well. Shortness of breath is frightening and cause anxiety. When anxiety is more, it triggers asthma & is a vicious cycle.Lung function test can be normal in asthmatics 3/
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I read the story The Silver sword by Ian Serrailler. Its about 3 Polish children who separated from their parents in World War II cross war torn Europe facing war, danger & #disease. These are children like me, I thought & was so glad I had been born after the war finished. 1/20
Living through the war as RAF personnel my parents also had a horror of war, which rubbed off on me. I saw photos of the relief of Belsen & I decided that I would do everything I could to stop war #poverty & #prejudice. 2/20
I remember Dad telling us about the jigsaw at his #Methodist Sunday school with the map of the world on one side and the face of Jesus on the other. “taking care of the world is taking care of Jesus” he said 3/20
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#LongCovid bei Kindern
Eine Zusammenfassung von Studien und Meldungen:
Klinische Merkmale, Aktivitätsniveaus und psychische Gesundheitsprobleme bei #Kindern mit LongCovid
Die bislang umfangreichste Studie über #LongCovid von 510 betroffenen #Kindern: Clinical Characteristics, Activity Levels and Mental Health Problems in #Children with Long COVID: A Survey of 510 Children
#LongCovid in England: Bericht über #Kinder die nach milden COVID-Verläufen unter #Atemnot, #Gelenkschmerzen und #Schwindel leiden. Das chronische Erschöpfungssyndrom ist bei einigen so stark, dass sie auf einen #Rollstuhl angewiesen sind #twlz #kmk…
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Listen to this and let’s reflect as a respiratory community how we can emulate #cardiology and transform outcomes in #asthma, #COPD, #bronchiectasis, #ILD +other chronic #respiratory diseases over the NEXT 50 years. This accompanies a great @nejm Perspective by @EricTopol. Think:
Cross-disciplinary interchange of ideas...integration of basic science and translational research...technological innovation...EBM...large cohorts...policy change...huge collaborative trials...adequate research funding...genetic insights...drug development... life-course...
...precision determinants of health...biomarkers...AI...

Respiratory #pulmonology - we need to be more bold.
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