Respiratory News – May 2011

Respiratory News Respiratory Care recently reported on a new automatic oxygen regulator available in Italy that will adjust oxygen flow in response to the users saturation. The small device is strapped and connected to a portable oxygen unit and a pulse oximeter. It will increase and decrease the flow rate to your cannula as your…

Traveling News – May 2011

Traveling News Save Money: Ship Your Bags! The AARP advises you to save money on airline fees and ship your luggage FedEx or UPS ground. It usually is less expensive and much less hassle! If you pack smart by rolling small items of clothing to fit in spaces of your luggage, you may be able…

Product Corner – May 2011

Product Corner Talk to Your Local Oxygen Supplier Captive Technologies was founded last year by Ed Ratke, who also started Sequal Technologies, manufac- turer of the Eclipse Portable Oxygen Concentrator. The new company offers the O2 Talon™, a tool for separating oxygen tubing from connectors, tanks or concentrators. The retail price is $17.95. They also…

Sharing the Health – May 2011

Sharing the Health Edith Williamson was diagnosed with COPD in 2001. She is now the president of the Better Breathers Club for the Skyline–Encanto, California areas, and is shown here at a recent meeting. Edith copes with COPD one day at a time!   Have you been diagnosed with COPD, know how to use a…

Ask Mark …May 2011

Ask Mark … We have received many requests for Mark to describe his breathing exercise known as the “Tripod Technique”. To do the “Tripod Technique” stand near an object which is sturdy enough for you to lean against with- out shifting or moving. It should be six to twelve inches shorter than you are. Examples…

Fibrosis File – May 2011

Fibrosis File Important Finding The New England Journal of Medicine tells us scientists have discovered a genetic variation associated with the MUC5B gene which may increase the risk of developing Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF). The study’s findings of the role of MUC5B may alter the course of PF research by focusing attention to mucus production in…

Calling Dr. Bauer … May 2011

Calling Dr. Bauer … Dear Dr. Bauer, I am concerned about swelling in my legs that seems to be getting worse. I am on a controlled no-salt diet and take diuretics. What can you can tell me?  J L   It may stretch your imagination, but indeed, leg swelling can be a sign of lung…