Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Obese children with asthma need more Steroids

Obese children need more corticosteroids then these children do according to this study.
Obese children with asthma require more steroids.

This goes well with I do you said to people lost more weight would spend less time because our country is at an all time high score obesity.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ondine's Curse - Rare form of sleep apenea

So I happened upon this Wikipedia article about Ondine's Curse, also called congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) which is a respiratory disorder that is fatal if untreated due to the person with he curse having a respiratory arrest while sleeping.  This is a central sleep apnea which is congenital by nature but can occur from a head injury, this can occur in 1 in 200,000 people born so it is quite rare, according the information in 2006 there were only 200 known cases at the time in the USA.  What I overall understand about OnDine's Curse is that basically you body loses the involuntary ability to breathe so you only can breathe when conscious and most people to survive get a tracheotomy and use a ventilator at night to breathe.

Here is a article about a girl who has this issue, it's interesting.

As respiratory therapist I figured this would be something interesting to find out about and just have a background knowledge of to make us better in our jobs even though the odds are against us at dealing with a patient with Odine's Curse, but it's always better to learn something new.