Respiratory News – May 2014

Respiratory News To keep up on the latest pulmonary news, click on the link on the home page of www.pulmonarypaper.org. A recent article in the respiratory therapy journal, Respiratory Care, showed giving the recommended dose of Guaifenesin had no measurable effect on sputum volume or properties and is unlikely to be help you raise or…

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency – May 2014

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Hereditary Condition Related to Emphysema Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency  It has been 50 years since the discovery of the genetic abnormality of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, also known as Alpha-1. It is a hereditary condition that is passed on through generations that could result in emphysema in adults and/or liver disease in infants, children…

A Great “Small” Town – May 2014

A Great “Small” Town The Villages in central Florida, is not just a retirement community with approx- imately 50,000 homes, but was ranked as the number one, fastest growing small town in the United States in 2012 by Forbes magazine. They have an active Better Breather group called the AirHeads that meets twice a month.…

Sharing the Health! – May 2014

Sharing the Health! Get friendly with your oxygen! A lady from EFFORTS reports her husband has named his “Jose” (hose-ay). They like to try and find the humor in moments if they can – it helps! He has two 25-foot lengths of tubing with a connector between them that rotates as he moves about. It…

The Ryan Report – May 2014

The Ryan Report Q . What is the oxygen production capac­ ity of the POC? Oxygen production capacity tells you how much oxygen the POC is capable of producing per minute. Smaller POC units tend to produce less oxygen per minute than larger units, and will meet a smaller range of user needs than their…

The Chart and the Checklist – May 2014

The Chart and the Checklist Portable Oxygen Concentrators: The Chart and the Checklist  This issue marks the fourth year the Pulmonary Paper is publishing its portable oxygen concentrator (POC) chart. This year, we’re adding a checklist of important questions to ask before purchasing, renting or simply using a POC. POCs are seeing even wider acceptance…

Write your Congressman – May 2014

Write your Congressman  I wrote to my congressman about the hardships people who use oxygen have I told him beneficiaries do not have access to the medical supplies they need. A lady in Minnesota was told she would have to stay home more because her liquid oxygen delivery was being reduced to once a month.…

Fibrosis File – May 2014

Fibrosis File People suffering from idiopathic pulmo- nary fibrosis (IPF) will soon have treatment options! InterMune, Inc. has initiated the Expanded Access Program (EAP) for the in vestigational drug, pirfenidone. Pirfeni- done is currentlyunder review by the FDA to determine if it should be approved in the United States to treat IPF. The EAP will…

Ask Mark – May 2014

Ask Mark … Sharon from New Mexico was recently hospitalized with a pneumo­ thorax and asks Mark to explain what caused it. Mark explains, A quick review of how the lungs work might help understand how a pneumothorax may occur, as well as what must be done to correct it and reduce chances of its…