Respiratory News-July-2008

    Respiratory News News from Montreal is a “big step forward” in the potential treatment of incurable disease was made by genetically modifying the patient’s own stem cells. An experimental treatment on two Quebec volunteers with pulmonary hypertension had an almost immediate drop in pressure in the lungs by 10 percent to 15 percent.…

Radiofrequency Ablation Offers Some Hope-July-2008

    Radiofrequency Ablation Offers Some Hope WebMd reports, “Radiofrequency ablation (“RFA”) is a tumor-zapping device that increases survival in patients with small, inoperable lung cancers, according to an international clinical trial. RFA was used to zap 183 lung tumors in 106 patients rejected for surgery and con- sidered unfit for radiation or chemotherapy. Despite…

Traveling Tales-July-2008

Traveling Tales Seven Weeks on the Road with Oxygen There have been many articles written about traveling with oxygen. I’ve read most of them because in the thirteen years I’ve needed supplemental oxygen, I’ve done quite a bit of traveling. This spring, my husband Andy and I took a long trip and we learned a…

Sharing the Health-July-2008

    Sharing the Health Oxygen user Mary Jane Gormley of Bloomington, IN, can still play her harmonica while visiting the Continental Divide in New Mexico, elevation over 7,000 feet! Our friend, Lori Palermo, would like to warn our members of a  different kind  of  computer virus.  A norovirus that causes stomach flu can be…

Feelings-July-2008

    Feelings It always helps to vent! If you or your caregiver would like to write about how you really feel about any aspect of chronic lung disease, we will credit you with a year’s membership. Please send to: The Pulmonary Paper, PO Box 877, Ormond Beach, FL 32175. I try to smile and…

Fibrosis File-July-2008

  Fibrosis File The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) and the National Jewish Medical and Research Center have launched the first genetic counseling program for patients and families affected by familial pulmonary fibrosis. The telephonic counseling program will be operated by the National Jewish Medical and Research Center and funded by the CPF. Pulmonary fibrosis…

Calling Dr. Bauer -July-2008

    Calling Dr. Bauer Dear Dr. Bauer, My doctor recently told me that my carbon dioxide level was high. What does this mean and is it important?            AS, Tully, NY Most of us know that the job of the lung is to extract oxygen from the air and then deliver it to our red…

Legislative Changes on HR.6331!-July-2008

  Home Oxygen and Equipment Legislative Changes on HR.6331! The fight is not over yet, but on July 9, 2008, HR.6331, The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, passed with more than the needed votes in the Senate by a 69-to-30 vote. The same bill passed the House by an overwhelming 355-to-59 margin just…