Respiratory News – May 2013

Respiratory News  The following study results were presented at the Amer- ican Thoracic Society 2013 International Conference: Inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting beta2 agonist therapy significantly slows the progressive lung func- tion decline of Fluticasone proprionate plus salmeterol (Advair) reduced the decline in forced expiratory volume by 16 mL per year, according to results of the…

Travel News- May 2013

Travel News Batteries Are Key to a Great Vacation Trip A problem-free vacation with a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) is all about the batteries! As batteries get older, they will not hold their charge as long as they did when new. Please make sure you test all the batteries you plan on taking before you…

Sharing the Health – May 2013

Sharing the Health   Aerobika®, from Trudell Medical International, is a  new  oscillating positive expiratory pressure (OPEP) device that has shown to improve shortness of breath and help raise mucus in people with COPD. The device was used four times a day for four  weeks  in  a  clinical  pilot study presented at the American Thoracic…

Fibrosis File – May 2013

Fibrosis File Study Suggests New Strategies for Understanding and Treating Pulmonary Fibrosis A study of more than 6,000 people has identified seven new genetic factors associated with pulmonary fibrosis. In findings published in Nature Genetics, researchers at National Jewish Health, the University of Colorado and several other institutions found a number of genes which provide…

Ask Mark … May 2013

Ask Mark … Gene from California comments he is continually losing weight and asks for Mark’s advice. Mark recommends, Daily calories you should consume are based on your age, sex and how active you are, but are approximately 1,800–2,200 per day. Those with COPD should consume up to 50% more calories per day to supply…

Calling Dr. Bauer … May 2013

Calling Dr. Bauer …   Oximeter Facts Oxygen is carried in the blood on hemoglobin. A pulse oximeter calculates the percentage of oxygen that is attached to the hemoglobin with an accuracy between 1% and 3%. Factors that can affect readings: Poor circulation to the hands Excessive motion Blue or green nail polish Weak or…