Jackie Syrop


Bill Addressing Sickle Cell Disease/Heritable Blood Disorders Signed Into Law

December 29, 2018

The Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2018, which reauthorizes a sickle cell disease prevention and treatment program and provides grants for research, surveillance, prevention, and treatment of heritable blood disorders, has passed Congress and been signed into law.

CDC Issues Alert on Resurgence of Progressive Massive Fibrosis in Coal Miners

December 27, 2018

CDC noted a rise in black lung disease, a potentially lethal disease, with a new report of a cluster of 60 cases identified in former and current coal miners at a single eastern Kentucky radiologist’s practice from January 2015 to August 2016.

Focusing on High-Risk Patients With TB May Help Eliminate the Disease in US

December 22, 2018

Focusing on patients with latent tuberculosis (TB) infection who are at high risk of developing active TB may be key to eliminating the disease in the United States; however, a study found that physicians are not systematically identifying risk levels for patients with latent TB.

Preventing Wheezing/Asthma Attacks in Preschool Children

December 21, 2018

Researchers found no evidence that initiation of inhaled corticosteroids or leukotriene receptor antagonist therapy is associated with fewer wheezing/asthma attacks than therapy with a short-acting ß-agonist alone in preschool children with recurrent wheezing/asthma.

Assessing Physician Awareness, Management of Coexisting Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis in Asia-Pacific Region

December 21, 2018

While there is widespread acceptance of the coexistent asthma–AR and the associated burden among physicians, a new study highlighted the need for increased healthcare practitioner communication and awareness to improve the appropriate treatment and management of these 2 coexistent conditions.

Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease Doubled the Risk of Death in a Managed Care Population

December 14, 2018

A new study examining the public health burden of nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease in the United States has found that all-cause mortality, adjusted for other factors, more than doubled with NTMLD compared with an age- and sex-matched control group.

Duration of Disturbed Breathing During Sleep Predicts Mortality

December 13, 2018

How long a person with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) stops breathing may be a better predictor of mortality risk from OSA in both women and men than the number of times they stop breathing, a new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine concludes.