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1. suitable for respiration.
2. small enough to be inhaled, such as an irritating particle.
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(re-spīr'ă-bĕl, res'pĭ-ră-bĕl),
Capable of being breathed.
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(rĕs′pər-ə-bəl, rĭ-spīr′-)
1. Fit for breathing: respirable air.
2. Having characteristics, especially small size, that result in deposition in the lungs after inhalation: respirable particles.
3. Capable of being metabolized by respiration: a respirable substrate.

res′pi·ra·bil′i·ty n.
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Capable of being breathed.
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Capable of being breathed.
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Patient discussion about respirable

Q. Help her to breathe. My sixteen year old cousin (girl) who is wondering if she is suffering from asthma, anxiety or both. She is thin, healthy girl and have been very worried She have asthma and have been thinking about it constantly. When she exercise, she get more out of breath, more worn out, and her heart beats faster than other people. Sometimes her chest hurts, but people tell me that is from my chest muscles being worked. She get a little dizzy also. When she go to bed at night sometimes it seems hard to breathe. She can take a deep breath and everything but it seems hard or something. I know there isn't anything wrong with my heart because she had an EKG done recently and chest x-rays. That was fine. When it is hot humid and muggy outside she find it hard to breath. Do you think she have asthma. She don't have any coughing or any known wheezing. Could thinking about every breath she take seem like she have asthma? She really want to know and me too, what is going on! Please help her to breathe!!!!

A. PS--alcohol and cigarettes can cause this problem to(drugs)mrfoot56.

Q. What causes bad breath? I have bad breath for a long time. What causes it?

A. Here are some causes of bad breath:
A Dry mouth- Saliva helps cleanse and moisten your mouth. A dry mouth enables dead cells to accumulate on your tongue, gums and cheeks. These cells then decompose and cause odor. Dry mouth naturally occurs during sleep. It's what causes "morning breath." Dry mouth is even more of a problem if you sleep with your mouth open. Some medications as well as smoking can lead to a chronic dry mouth, as can a problem with your salivary glands.
Some Diseases can also cause bad breath- Chronic lung infections and lung abscesses can produce very foul-smelling breath. Other illnesses, such as some cancers and certain metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor. Kidney failure can cause a urine-like odor, and liver failure may cause an odor described as "fishy." People with uncontrolled diabetes often have a fruity breath odor. Chronic reflux of stomach acids from your stomach (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD)

Q. How to get rid of bad breath? My wife complains that I have bad breath. How can I get rid of it?

A. Consider that candida infection can make your breath worse. You might try cutting down on sugar and carbs.

"Bad breath can also be caused by a candida (yeast infection), you may have a constant white furry tongue. Look at cutting down your intake of sugars and processed foods, as well as those containing yeast. - Search for Anti-Candida diet on a search engine for more info"

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The updated Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime standard establishes a new eight-hour time-weighted average permissible exposure limit and action level, plus associated ancillary requirements.
The collection and analysis of "respirable" dust requires the use of an appropriate sampling cyclone, to separate airborne dust particles into respirable and non-respirable sizes, by using a calibrated pump to control air flow through the cyclone and sampler, and deposit the respirable portion onto a small filter that can be examined, weighed and analyzed at the lab.
The department's Respirable Crystalline Silica rule covers construction and general industry in one rule (chapter 296-840 WAC), whereas OSHA has separate rules for each.
The sandstone formation underlying eastern Kentucky is >90% quartz (6), and dust generated during the slope cutting could expose miners to hazardous dust containing high concentrations of respirable crystalline silica.
These respirable pollutants not only harm the respiratory system but also enter the bloodstream.
OSHA has been concerned about worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica for decades because of cases of silica inhalation that have caused silicosis, lung disease, and kidney disease.
As such, most studies have focused on respirable particle monitoring and determining the presence of aeroallergens.
Biopharmaceutical company Pulmatrix (NasdaqCM:PULM) revealed on Thursday the receipt of two US patents for the composition of matter for its underlying iSPERSE (inhaled Small Particles Easily Respirable and Emitted) inhaled dry powder technology as well as methods for treating a subject using respirable dry powders.
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