Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction for the treatment of pulmonary emphysema

Posted on April 10, 2015Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction for the treatment of pulmonary emphysema

The first case of Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction for the treatment of pulmonary emphysema (aka COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) was performed recently in Singapore. This was achieved by implanting in the major airways, a novel device known as endobronchial valve (EBV) Zephyr™ Endobronchial Valve System) This procedure has been developed to supplant the need for Lung Volume Reduction ...



Smoke Alert – The Haze is Back!

Posted on April 10, 2015

What are the dangerous levels of pollution? The level of air pollution is measured by the Pollution Standards Index (PSI). The following are the standards of air quality and recommended action plan by the National Environment Agency: PSI up to 100: Good or Moderate No action is required. 2) PSI from 101 to 200: Unhealthy People with existing heart or ...



Smoking and Your Lungs

Posted on April 10, 2015

The most prevalent form of tobacco addiction is cigarette smoking and intuitively, the lungs would have to put up with the brunt of harmful effects of the cigarette smoke that is inhaled. Among the many lung diseases in smokers, 2 major respiratory diseases are most significant, because these illnesses are almost always caused by or associated with smoking, and these ...



Obesity and Sleep Apnoea

Posted on April 10, 2015

What is Sleep Apnoea? Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a condition characterized by intermittent episodes of absence of breathing (apnoea) due to obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. Sleep predisposes one to narrowing – and in susceptible persons, to collapse – of the upper airway by reducing the tone of the upper airway muscles. The areas of the upper ...



Air Pollution and Lung Function

Posted on April 10, 2015Air Pollution and Lung Function

Children exposed to higher levels of air pollution show reduced lung growth and function that may affect them decades later, according to a recent study conducted in Mexico. The early lung deficits may increase the risk of developing chronic obstructive lung disease later in life, as well as cardiovascular morbidity and general mortality. The three-year study measured lung function growth ...



Common Respiratory Disorders

Posted on April 10, 2015Common Respiratory Disorders

Chronic Cough is a very common problem - perhaps the commonest reason for people visiting their doctor. Any cough lasting longer than 3 weeks can be considered “chronic”. The possible causes are many, ranging from infections to airway problems. ...