Sep 172016

Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures

By (author): Committee on the Assessment of Asthma and Indoor Air, Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine

Since about 1980, asthma prevalence and asthma-related hospitalizations and deaths have increased substantially, especially among children. Of particular concern is the high mortality rate among African Americans with asthma.

Recent studies have suggested that indoor exposures–to dust mites, cockroaches, mold, pet dander, tobacco smoke, and other biological and chemical pollutants–may influence the disease course of asthma. To ensure an appropriate response, public health and education officials have sought a science-based assessment of asthma and its relationship to indoor air exposures.

Clearing the Air meets this need. This book examines how indoor pollutants contribute to asthma– its causation, prevalence, triggering, and severity. The committee discusses asthma among the general population and in sensitive subpopulations including children, low-income individuals, and urban residents. Based on the most current findings, the book also evaluates the scientific basis for mitigating the effects of indoor air pollutants implicated in asthma. The committee identifies priorities for public health policy, public education outreach, preventive intervention, and further research.

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Aug 302016

Allergy and Respiration (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology)

Allergy is an increasing health issue. It often targets the respiratory tract and entwines with respiratory ailments, which makes it difficult to discern the cause-effect linkage. Nonetheless, measures to counter the allergic background are a linchpin in preserving respiratory health. This book is an update on current advances in clinical and basic science on allergy and related topics. The diagnostics of allergy requires a multidisciplinary approach, including molecular examinations aimed at unraveling the intracellular control cascades. Chapters give insight into the innovations concerning modern pulmonary function tests, discuss pharmacological paradigms, and tackle the overlapping infectious aspects and clinical symptoms and markers. Environmental and genetic factors elicit a spectrum of inflammatory phenotypes linked to differential body responses to allergic perturbations. The book is intended for healthcare professionals, notably pulmonologists, primary care physicians, and medical researchers.   
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Aug 192016

Pulmonary Infection and Inflammation (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology)

Pulmonary diseases are the major cause of human morbidity, taxing the health care system due to disease prevalence, chronicity, and social and fiscal costs. This book concentrates on the inflammatory and immunogenic settings of pulmonary disorders and related medical areas. Excessive inflammation causes lung injury and forms a conducive background for pathogenic infections, particularly in immuno-compromised hosts. Bacterial immuno-evasive strategies develop, leading to self-perpetuating pathologies. Inflammation also is an essential component of non-communicable lung diseases, including asthma and respiratory allergies, and smoking-related or granulomatous diseases. The chapters combine a strong grounding in basic science with extensive clinical knowledge and experience. Advances in diagnostics, as well as preventive and therapeutic aspects also are tackled. The book provides useful information to clinicians, researchers, health care and other medical professionals.
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Aug 172016

Pulmonary Dysfunction and Disease (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology)

Lung ventilation is driven by a complex neural regulatory network, and apart from conditions typically observed during a disease state, it is sensitive to functional dysregulation. This book focuses on a wide variety of pulmonary topics including inflammation, infection, cancerogenesis, hypoxia, and stress. The chapters deal with the pathophysiologic background of processes and mechanisms whereby abnormal or undesired conditions develop and progress. The exemplary topics concern the genotyping of mutations involved in the development of lung cancer, which helps target molecular anticancer therapy, or the advances in computed tomography technology employed in pulmonary diagnostics. Functional cardio-respiratory changes associated with a particular disease or resulting from disease, or dysautonomic state due to affective disorder or hypokinesia of spaceflight microgravity also are tackled. The book is intended for medical researchers and clinicians, notably pulmonologists, internists, family doctors, and all interested in this exciting area of science.
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Aug 132016

Guide to Clinical Management of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

By (author): Steven D Nathan, A Whitney Brown, Christopher S King

This clinically focused pocket guide offers a concise yet complete overview of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, covering the most recent information on aspects such as pathophysiology, management, treatment, and clinical trials. The text is easily accessible and offers pulmonologists and other health care professionals with an excellent quick reference tool. Full color images and figures enhance and summarize key aspects of the text. 
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a condition that affects the alveoli and leads to serious lung damage, and the idiopathic nature of this disease means that the origin or cause is unknown. This disease is relatively rare, affecting 3 in 10,000 people, but it is becoming more common. Physicians should be aware of the early stages and symptoms of this disease so management strategies can be implemented quickly, and the best treatment can be administered.
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Release date August 11, 2016.


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Aug 102016

Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology)

This volume summarizes current techniques; ranging from protocols for virus growth, isolation, quantification and generation of recombinant RSV virus to procedures for the efficient characterization of the host immune response to RSV infection. These techniques are used in numerous laboratories around the world and are the building blocks that support the majority of RSV virus research. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series format, chapters include introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.

Authoritative and cutting-edge, Humana Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Methods and Protocols aims to ensure successful results in the further study of this vital field.

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Aug 082016

Chest Radiology (Jaypee Gold Standard Mini Atlas)

Chest radiology is the most commonly-used investigation method for pulmonary diseases. Accurate interpretation by radiologists is essential, in order to diagnose and manage disorders effectively. This atlas is a concise guide to chest radiology for residents and clinicians. Beginning with an introduction to anatomy, the book presents state of the art chest X-Ray, CT, MRI and PET scan images for numerous medical conditions. The book offers a clear understanding of how to recognise and interpret basic radiological signs, pathologies and patterns for differential diagnosis. A photo CD ROM is included to enhance the numerous well-illustrated X-Rays, CT and MRI scans in the atlas, making it an invaluable, hands-on reference for the evaluation of chest images. Key points * Concise guide to chest radiology for residents and clinicians * Presents numerous chest X-Rays, CT, MRI and PET scan images for chest diseases and disorders * Offers clear understanding of radiological signs, pathologies and patterns to assist differential diagnosis * Includes photo CD ROM
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Aug 042016

Respiratory Mechanics (SpringerBriefs in Bioengineering)

By (author): Theodore A. Wilson

This book thoroughly covers each subfield of respiratory mechanics: pulmonary mechanics, the respiratory pump, and flow. It presents the current understanding of the field and serves as a guide to the scientific literature from the golden age of respiratory mechanics, 1960 – 2010. Specific topics covered include the contributions of surface tension and tissue forces to lung recoil, the gravitational deformation of the lung, and the interdependence forces that act on pulmonary airways and blood vessels. The geometry and kinematics of the ribs is also covered in detail, as well as the respiratory action of the external and internal intercostal muscles, the mechanics of the diaphragm, and the quantitative compartmental models of the chest wall is also described. Additionally, flow in the airways is covered thoroughly, including the wave-speed and viscous expiratory flow-limiting mechanisms; convection, diffusion and the stationary front; and the distribution of ventilation. This is an ideal book for respiratory physiologists, pneumologists, exercise physiologists, and critical care physicians.
This book also: 
Maximizes reader insights into current and landmark respiratory mechanics research
Concisely yet thoroughly explores the current research on pulmonary mechanics, the respiratory pump, and flow
Serves as an invaluable guide for those entering the field, or those seeking to expand their knowledge of it
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Jul 182016

CRC Desk Reference for Allergy and Asthma (Desk References)

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As the prevalence of allergic diseases and asthma has increased in recent years, scientists have intensified research efforts to understand the pathogenesis of these sometimes debilitating conditions. Indeed, researchers have provided key insights-and new concepts-that have changed therapeutic strategies. Moreover, allergic inflammation has served as something of a model in furthering our understanding of regulatory mechanisms of inflammation in general.

Presented in an encyclopedic format, the CRC Desk Reference for Allergy and Asthma provides the latest scientific information on allergic diseases and asthma. It combines knowledge from clinical immunology with basic immunology, pharmacology, biochemistry, and molecular biology to examine new treatment strategies for allergic diseases and asthma.

Highlights of the CRC Desk Reference for Allergy and Asthma include:

  • EASE OF USE. This desk reference presents topics in alphabetical order so that they are easy to find.
  • CROSS-REFERENCING. Utilizes cross-referencing to aid in the rapid switch between basic and clinical science.
  • UNIFIED NOMENCLATURE. Greatly assists those readers who are new in the field.
  • HIGHLIGHTS VITAL INFORMATION. Vital information is highlighted in boxes, allowing rapid identification of key concepts.

    Written by leading authorities in the field, the CRC Desk Reference for Allergy and Asthma serves as a timely reference for anyone interested in this area of research. Not only does it present information in an easy-to-use format, but it addresses many hot topics and views that will have sustaining value for years to come.
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    Jul 182016

    New Drugs for Asthma, Allergy and COPD (Progress in Respiratory Research, Vol. 31)

    This book provides a state-of-the-art account by academic respiratory physicians and senior pharmaceutical industry personnel on the development of new drugs for asthma, allergy and COPD. It contains 80 chapters of highly condensed information, presented in an attractive, reader-friendly format with much use of tables, figures and diagrams. In addition to summarizing the diverse range of current approaches, this handbook also looks into the future, considering many topics that are promising, but have only emerged in the last few years. Developments within established drug categories such as beta-2-agonists, steroids and leukotriene antagonists are also reviewed. Never before has a single book brought together so many pharmaceutical drug developers sharing their experience on such a wide range of respiratory topics!
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