Tuesday, February 28, 2012

2012 International Guidelines on Rhinitis, Asthma and COPD: Italian Update of Global Initiatives ARIA, GINA and GOLD

These days in Modena, Italy (28 February-2 March 2012) is taking place Congress 2012 International Guidelines on Rhinitis, Asthma and COPD Global Initiatives ARIA, GINA and GOLD.

I invite you to see free online and directly all presentations from this important Respiratory event. Speakers are world known leaders of opinion in Respiratory Medicine from Italy and from all over the world.

Today is day dedicated to Asthma and will be many interesting presentations: 

IgE, anti-IgE and remodelling in allergic asthma by Professor Klaus F. Rabe, President of European Respiratory Society;
Novel therapies for asthma and COPD by Professor Leonardo M. Fabbri
Viral infections and asthma by Professor Alberto Papi.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Rare Disease Day is 29 February 2012!

February 29, 2012 marks the fifth international Rare Disease Day coordinated by EURORDIS and organised with rare disease national alliances in 25 European countries. On this day hundreds of patient organisations from more than 40 countries worldwide are organsing awareness-raising activities converging around the slogan “Rare but strong together”.

One more inspirational story about Rare Disease: Mastocytosis.

Friday, February 17, 2012

World Rare Disease Day 2012

On the last day of February, millions of people around the world will be observing World Rare Disease Day.  There will be activities across the U.S., throughout Europe, in Canada, in Australia, in China and elsewhere to focus attention on rare diseases as a public health issue.

In the U.S., a disease is considered rare if it affects fewer than 200,000 people.  Some rare diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) are well known to the public.  However, many others are not, and you can imagine the loneliness of having a disease that most people have never heard of, that has no treatment, and that is not even being studied by any medical researchers.
Keenan Cahill became internet legend, he is a boy with Maroteaux–Lamy syndrome. We want to share one of his inspirational videos, which demonstrates to everybody that people with rare conditions are fantastic!
Fifth International Rare Disease Day has a very beautiful motto:
"Rare but Strong Together"

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love your Lungs!

Happy St.Valentines Day to everybody!!!
Keep Your Lungs Strong and Healthy with us on  Respiratory Decade!

Respiratory Decade Team

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Respiratory Masterclass in COPD and Asthma, Dubai, 21-22 January 2012

Dear Respiratory friends,
I want to share with you my experience from Respiratory Masterclass in COPD and Asthma which took place in Dubai, 21-22 January 2012. The meeting was dedicated to the new COPD and Asthma guidelines, which were launched recently.
There were 2 days full of new knowledge and experience. Faculty team was conducted by Professor Paul Jones from St Georges University of London, UK - world-known leader in respiratory research. Everybody knows his questionnaire: Saint-George Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) which became classical, was validated in many languages and new one COPD Assessment Test (CAT test), which became the part of new GOLD classification of COPD.

There were many brilliant presentations by world opinion leaders in Asthma and COPD. Professor David Manino from University of Kentucky College of Public Health Lexington, USA presented new statistical data about COPD: COPD: the big picture.

Professor Wisia Wedzicha from London, UK presented results of ECLIPSE Study.

Professor Neil Barnes from London, UK dedicated his presentation to the new treatment implications of the 2011 GOLD guideline.