ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Study Examines How Rheumatoid Arthritis Destroys Bone
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Bone Density Predicts Chances of Breast Cancer
CANCER
HPV Vaccine Has Higher Allergic Reaction Rate
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
CAREGIVING
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DIET, NUTRITION
Compound in Red Wine Fights Ravages of Age
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Bed Bugs Bring No Disease Danger
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
EYE CARE, VISION
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
FITNESS
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
8 Drugs Doctors Would Never Take
Laugh and the World Understands
What you need to know about swine flu.
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Pool Chemicals Raise Kids Allergy, Asthma Risk
Scary Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Questionable
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as Deadly as Ever

FRIDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) -- The death rate for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) hasn't changed since 1994, according to a study that contradicts the common belief there's been a steady decline in the percentage of ARDS patients who die.

The researchers reviewed studies conducted between 1984 and 2006, and found the death rate for patients with ARDS and related acute lung injury (ALI) is 40 percent to 45 percent, much higher than the suggested benchmark rate of 25 percent to 30 percent.

The findings were published in the first February issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

ARDS is lung condition that develops when trauma to the lungs leads to inflammation, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, low blood oxygen, and respiratory distress.

"The main finding of our systematic review is that mortality due to ARDS has remained static at 44 percent for observational studies and 36 percent for randomized controlled trials since a standard definition [of ARDS] was introduced in 1994," wrote Dr. Niall Ferguson, director of clinical research and critical care medicine at the University Health Network of the University of Toronto.

He said the findings "highlight the need for future effective therapeutic interventions for this highly lethal syndrome."

Ferguson and his colleagues suggested several factors may contribute to the high death rate among ARDS patients, such as an inadequate number of effective therapies for ARDS and inconsistent use of the effective therapies that do exist.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about ARDS.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Thoracic Society, news release, Jan. 23, 2009

Last Updated: Jan. 23, 2009

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