Respiratory News-November-2012

    Respiratory News A report in The Lancet tells us scientists have discovered an innovative treatment for bronchi- ectasis – regular doses of the antibiotic azithromycin. The research team enrolled 141 bronchiectasis patients in New Zealand. After six months, they discovered that 42 exacerbations occurred in the group receiving azithromy- cin versus 103 exacerbations…

Travel News-November-2012

    Travel News Options for Traveling with Oxygen Are you traveling for the holidays? Remember if you use oxygen above 3LPM at a continuous setting, you will not be able to fly. Airlines based in the United States no longer supply oxygen in tanks and only accept portable oxygen c o nc e n…

Sharing the Health-November-2012

Sharing the Health The relationship between you and your caregiver can be frustrating for both parties. A common complaint is how to stop getting smothered by well meaning helpers. Many   people   are  lucky  enough  to  have  relatives t are caregivers. If they are cur- ntly employed, balancing all parts their lives can be difficult. A…

November is COPD Awareness Month!-November-2012

November is COPD Awareness Month! There are many ways for you to become actively involved in the treatment of your symptoms – both physically and emotionally. The COPD Foundation announced a new COPD Advocacy Drivers Program to spread the word that COPD is largely underdiagnosed, undertreated and underfunded. All it takes for you to become…

Fibrosis File-November-2012

Fibrosis File The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) and the Westie Foundation of America (WFA) have formed a strategic alliance to fight Pulmonary Fibrosis. The WFA is a canine organization focused on the health of West Highland terriers or “Westies”. Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is known in the dog world as Westie lung disease. Researchers…

Medication Non-Compliance-November-2012

    Medication Non-Compliance “It is really hard for me to remember to take my pills every morning. I have good intentions, it just doesn’t always happen.” Approximately 125,000 people with treatable ail- ments die each year in the United States because they do not take their medication properly. About 50% of the two billion…