Fibrosis File September-2007

  Fibrosis File The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (www. coalitionforpf.org, 1-888-222-8541) recently sponsored the fifth annual National Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Awareness Week. Nearly 50 advocates, many of whom were patients and family members, took part in meetings on Capitol Hill and urged Congress to increase federal funding for IPF research in the Fiscal Year…

Respiratory News

Respiratory News A Belgian study published in the Journal of Respira- tory and Critical Care Medicine found high doses of Vitamin D taken during pulmonary rehabilitation brought significant improvements in those with COPD. Spirometrics The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is spon- soring a seven year study to explore subsets of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary…

Exasperating Exacerbations! September-2011

Exasperating Exacerbations! A majority of patients with COPD who develop a rhinovirus infection (most common cause of a cold) develop a secondary bacterial infection, suggesting that early antiviral therapy might be very beneficial. The American College of Chest Physicians reports a daily dose of the antibiotic Azithromycin reduced the frequencies of exacerbations and improved the…

Traveling News September -2011

  Traveling News cruise Ships and Smoking Policies Smart cruise lines have realized that stricter policies are needed when it comes to allowing smoking on their ships. We salute those that totally prohibit cigarette smoking in the cabins – balcony or not! Azamara, Celebrity, MSC, Oceania and Regent Cruise Lines now prohibit smoking in all…

Sharing the Health September-2011

  Sharing the Health I have both emphysema and asthma and use supple- mental oxygen on 2–3 LPM at rest and at least 5 LPM on exertion. When I develop a really stressful attack  of shortness of breath, I find using my little blue “Breather” helps me remedy my condition faster than doing pursed lip…

Calling Dr. Bauer – September-2011

Many readers have asked Dr. Bauer about the need for antibiotics routinely when breathing symptoms become worse. Most all practitioners would support the notion that antibiotics are being vastly over-prescribed. There are many reasons for this. Patient expectations are a major factor. Advertizing by the big drug companies may also play a role. The fact…

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OK to Kayak with Oxygen!

Part 2: First you tell me I have lung disease … Now You Tell Me I Have Pulmonary Hypertension! by John R. Goodman, BS RRT This 2-part article was written to give you a better understanding of Pulmonary Hypertension and how it develops in patients with chronic lung disease.    Part 2: Pulmonary Hypertension (PH)…