Great News! – January 2015

Great News! Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that Spiriva® Re­ spimat® (tiotropium bromide) Inhalation Spray is now available by prescription through retail pharmacies across the United States. The Spiriva® HandiHaler® powder which is the num­ ber one branded prescrip­ tion medication for COPD maintenance in the United States, will continue to be available. BI…

Sharing the Health!- January 2015

Sharing the Health! COPD8 USA was held two years ago in Chicago and proved to be a wonderful mix of health professionals and people with chronic lung disease working together. COPD9 USA will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago on June 5–6. A program on the first day is specifically designed for those…

Bronchiectasis Basics – January 2015

Keep Secretions Moving Bronchiectasis Basics People with bronchiectasis have a con­ stant battle with raising secretions. Bron­ chiectasis (pronounced bronch­e­EK­ta­sis) is a lung condition where the airways be­ come distorted instead of being straight and smooth. It is very difficult to cough out the mucus. As a result, secretions pool which can often cause bacteria…

Fibrosis File – January 2015

Fibrosis File The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org) has an Inter­ net Patient Support Community called Inspire. It is a great place where people can share helpful tips and their concerns at www.inspire.com. Among the postings: tillI lsove to cook and having  just gone through the holidays, I thought I would share a few I have…

Ask Mark – January 2015

Ask Mark … Nina from EFFORTS is wondering why she seems to get another infection as soon as she stops taking antibiotics! Mark explains, We have to consider that recurring infections may not be separate or new infections nor are they likely to be necessarily bacterial in nature. Antibiotics are effective only against bacteria and…

Editor’s Note – January 2015

Editor’s Note Martha from Virginia recently wrote saying, “I know I should exercise and have made it my number one resolution.” We hope you achieve your goal, Martha! The three things on our goal list are to educate, empower and encourage you to continue to enjoy life despite obstacles that you may have to overcome.…