2008 News


31st Annual Pulmonary and Allergy Update

December 30, 2008

Allergists, pulmonologists and general practitioners can learn the approaches and methods used to diagnose and treat allergic, respiratory and immune diseases.
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Don't Let a Relapse Sabotage Your New's Year's Resolution

December 30, 2008

Behavioral change expert Heather LaChance, PhD, offers advice to help improve your chances of successfully quitting tobacco or losing weight.
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National Jewish Health Recognized by El Pomar Foundation

December 30, 2008

El Pomar Foundation awarded National Jewish Health the Joel A. H. Webb Award for Excellence, recognizging its service to community.
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Hypoallergenic Dog? Not likely, according to National Jewish Health

December 11, 2008

National Jewish Health physicians comment on hypoallergenic dogs and how to reduce allergenic effects of a dog.
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National Jewish Health, LabCorp to Collaborate

December 10, 2008

National Jewish Health and Laboratory Corporation of America have reached an agreement to collaborate in the development and commercialization of molecular diagnostic tests in support of personalized medicine.
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Bacteria Implicated in Steroid-Resistance Among Asthmatics

December 5, 2008

A series of experiments by researchers at National Jewish Health have implicated the remains of bacterial cell walls in the development of resistance to corticosteroids.
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EASE Trial to Evaluate Emphysema Treatment

December 3, 2008

Researchers at National Jewish Health are testing an investigational treatment to learn if poking holes in the lungs of emphysema patients can immediately help them breathe more easily. Destruction of lung tissue caused by emphysema can leave lungs stiff and overinflated with air that cannot escape. The holes, kept open by small stents inserted during a minimally invasive procedure, could relieve the hyperinflation of the lungs, allowing the healthy parts of the lungs to more easily inflate and take in air.
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31st Annual Pulmonary & Allergy Update

December 3, 2008

Allergists, pulmonologists and general practitioners can learn the approaches and methods used to diagnose and treat allergic, respiratory and immune diseases.
Read more.

Gary Smith, PhD, Hired to Lead Advanced Diagnostics Laboratories

November 24, 2008

With more than a decade of experience in reference laboratory leadership, Gary L. Smith, PhD, will lead the nation's premier reference laboratory for respiratory, immune and related diseases.
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NTM Deemed “Burgeoning Medical Challenge”

November 24, 2008

Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), little known cousins of the organism that causes tuberculosis, may cause significantly greater healthcare spending and patient suffering in the United States and Canada than does tuberculosis.
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National Jewish Health Opens Vail Clinic

November 12, 2008

National Jewish Health, through its Pediatric program NJ4kids, is bringing its world-renowned expertise in pediatric respiratory and allergic diseases to the Vail Valley.
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National Jewish, Phadia to Collaborate

November 10, 2008

National Jewish Health announced today that it has entered a co-promotion agreement with Phadia US Inc. to build recognition of the important role allergy testing plays in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and other respiratory diseases. Under the agreement, National Jewish Health will help create educational programs, activities and literature to promote to pulmonologists the value of understanding allergy in the diagnosis and management of patients with respiratory diseases.
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Don't Let Child's Illness Define the Family

November 10, 2008

Bruce Bender, Ph.D., head of pediatric behavioral health at National Jewish, offers tips to reduce the emotional toll that a child's chronic illness can take on the entire family.
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Get the Most Out of Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 10, 2008

Bruce Bender, Ph.D., head of pediatric behavioral health at National Jewish Medical and Research center, offers several suggestions that can help parents get the most out of a parent-teacher conference, to better understand problems that do come up, and to begin seeking answers.
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National Jewish Faculty Provide Answers for ABC News

November 10, 2008

National Jewish specialists were asked to provide answers to frequently asked asthma and allergy questions for the ABC News Web site feature, OnCall.
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Change is Coming for Asthma Inhalers

November 10, 2008

Millions of asthma patients are facing a federally mandated change by the end of the year in the inhalers they use. For many, there is concern and confusion over the change and how it will affect them. The medicine in quick-relief asthma inhalers is staying the same, but the chemical used to “propel” the medicine is changing.
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Allergy Treatment Under the Tongue

November 7, 2008

National Jewish patients who have been involved in a yearlong allergy study will face their first test of the treatment in early May, when grass pollen season begins. For the past year, patients in the project have undergone oral immunotherapy treatments for their allergy.
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Asthma Experts Advise Pediatricians

October 29, 2008

Pediatricians need to diagnose asthma earlier and identify allergy triggers if they want to achieve better outcomes with their asthma patients, according to allergy and asthma experts who spoke at an educational program sponsored by National Jewish Health.
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Immunologists Kappler, Marrack Elected to Institute of Medicine

October 13, 2008

National Jewish Health Immunologists Phillippa Marack and John Kappler have been elected to the Institute of Medicine
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Family Air Care Launch

October 7, 2008

Home owners, buyers and renters can now assure that their indoor environment is healthy and safe with an easy-to-use kit manufactured and serviced by the nation’s number one respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health. The Family Air Care Indoor Allergens and Mold Test Kit reports levels of the most common indoor allergens and a relative moldiness index. The product will be especially useful for millions of people with allergies and asthma, who can benefit from lower exposure to allergens and irritants in their environment.
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Mother's Diet Alters DNA Methylation, Risk of Allergic Asthma

September 18, 2008

A pregnant mouse’s diet can induce epigenetic changes that increase the risk her offspring will develop allergic asthma, according to researchers at National Jewish Health and Duke University Medical Center.
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Infection Blocks Response

August 20, 2008

An infection that often goes undetected can block the lung’s natural protective response against tobacco smoke, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. The findings, recently published online and scheduled to appear in the October issue of Infection and Immunity, suggest one mechanism that may cause smokers to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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Does Knowledge of Indoor Air Quality Lead to Changes

August 15, 2008

Will education about asthma triggers inside homes motivate people to make environmental changes that reduce asthma-related symptoms?
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Holt Hired as New VP of Development

August 1, 2008

National Jewish Health has appointed Susan Holt as Vice President of Development, effective August 4, 2008. Holt brings 27 years of fundraising experience, most of it at academic medical centers, to her new position.
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FAQ: National Jewish Health Brand

July 20, 2008

National Jewish Health is continuing to grow and increase ways it improves the health of our communities. The new name speaks to our mission and communicates that we are expanding in many ways.
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Bold Evolution to National Jewish Health

July 14, 2008

Signaling a bold evolution and expansion beyond traditional boundaries of respiratory medicine into exciting new areas of science and health, National Jewish Medical and Research Center will become National Jewish Health, effective immediately.
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National Jewish Named #1 Respiratory Hospital for Eleventh Time

July 14, 2008

For the eleventh year in a row, National Jewish Health has been named the best respiratory hospital in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The ranking is part of the 2008 “America ’s Best Hospitals” guide published by the weekly newsmagazine.
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Advanced Imaging Center Opens

July 14, 2008

National Jewish Health today officially launched its Institute for Advanced Biomedical Imaging™ , bringing the most advanced imaging technologies to patients while establishing a platform for research to further improve imaging. National Jewish also unveiled its newest arrival, a 128-slice SOMATOM Definition AS+ CT scanner from Siemens, one of the first available in the country.
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National Jewish Launches Infant Food Allergy Study

June 13, 2008

Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center are launching a comprehensive study of food allergy in children. Researchers hope the five-year study will help them predict which children will develop allergies and which children will outgrow them. It should also offer insights into what has caused the alarming rise in food allergies and possible ways to prevent or cure them
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National Jewish Evaluating Food Allergy Treatment

April 17, 2008

Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center are conducting trials to evaluate a method to prevent allergic reactions to food. They are feeding peanut- and egg-allergic people increasing doses of an investigational protein extract from the foods to see if they can induce the participants’ immune systems to tolerate the food.
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Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis and NJ Collaborate

February 19, 2008

The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) and National Jewish Medical and Research Center today announced the launch of the first genetic counseling program for patients and families affected by familial pulmonary fibrosis. The telephonic counseling program will be operated by National Jewish and is funded by CPF.
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Colorado Medicaid Patients Offered Free Weight-Loss Program

January 2, 2008

Medicaid patients in Colorado can now sign up for a free weight-loss program operated by National Jewish Medical and Research Center. The unique program, known as FitLogix™, relies on customized personal coaching, Internet education and support, and wireless activity monitors and scales.
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