Respiratory News – May 2017

Respiratory News A study in Thorax found eating more than four portions of cured and processed meat per week – such as sausage, ham and salami – could worsen asthma symptoms. Researchers found nitrate, a preservative found in the meat, may irritate the airways. It’s official, you need to get moving. Physi- cians in Brazil…

Thoughts on Using Oxygen – May 2017

Thoughts on Using Oxygen Back in the 1980s when I began writing this newsletter, I would call old and new friends for advice. John Leaman of New York City, editor of Respiratory News and Views, was one of those friends. John is now retiring after helping others cope with respiratory problems for many years. We…

The “Waveform” – May 2017

The “Waveform” The squiggly line on many finger pulse oximeters The “Waveform” by John R. Goodman BS, RRT, FAARC Sometimes technological advances seem to happen almost overnight, and some- times it seems to take forever before someone has the “I could have had a V8!” moment. For people on oxygen 24 hours per day, a…

Sharing the Health! – May 2017

Sharing the Health! I like to work in my flower garden but am always getting scrapes and bruises from the branches and thorns on the roses. If you go online to amazon.com and do a search for “arm protectors for thin skin” you will find arm sleeve guards that will prevent the scratches, tearing and…

The Ryan Report – May 2017

The Ryan Report Home Oxygen Guru – The HO2G Pen  Ryan Diesem  Ryan Diesem is Research Manager at Valley Inspired Products, Apple Valley, MN. Contact Ryan at [email protected] com with questions or comments. 2017 Portable Oxygen Concentrator Guide Here we go, it’s the 2017 version of our annual Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) Guide. Here are…

Ask Mark – May 2017

Ask Mark Deb from Pennsylvania asks if Medicare will pay anything toward the purchase of oxygen equipment or does it only pay for rental? She is nearing the end of her five years with her current supplier and wants to buy her equipment rather than deal with the company that has the contract in her…

Calling Dr. Bauer – May 2017

Calling Dr. Bauer Dear Dr. Bauer, I was diagnosed with COPD over ten years ago. There is one question which has continued to puzzle me. I see frequent references to “a lot of coughing,” “excessive mucus,” or similar terms. Yet, I have never coughed a lot, nor do I produce mucus, let alone a significant…