Respiratory News – July 2018

Respiratory News A drug to treat certain cancers may also protect against cigarette smoke-induced lung injury according to research in the American Journal of Physiology – Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. Plerixafor is a med- ication that stimulates the immune system to release a type of stem cell (hematopoietic progenitor cells, or HPCs) from the…

Sharing the Health! – July 2018

Sharing the Health! Looking for creative ways to stay cool this summer besides sitting in a kiddie pool with a cold drink? You might purchase a FlexiFreeze Ice Vest from Amazon.com for a mere $99.99. You can also get a handheld portable fan for about $12. Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of a light color. Darker…

The Ryan Report -July 2018

The Ryan Report Home Oxygen Guru – The HO2G Pen  Understanding the Oxygen Regulator One of the most common pieces of oxygen equipment is the oxygen flow regulator. These devices fit on top of your oxygen tanks/cylinders, and to which you connect your cannula to receive oxygen. We’re going to discuss the basic operation of…

Fibrosis File -July2018

Fibrosis File The American Lung Association has expanded their Better Breather support group meetings to include those dealing with pulmonary fibrosis (PF). To prepare to welcome new members with PF, health educators with the Lung Association are working closely with club facilitators to extend both educational and emotional support programs to include PF. You might…

Ask Mark …- July 2018

Ask Mark … Mark has updated his Suggested Sequence of Using Inhalers chart in a collaborative effort with Dr. Noah Greenspan of Ultimate Pulmonary Wellness in New York City. The only inhaler not included is the new Trelegy Ellipta. It needs no “sequence”, except that it should not be taken within two hours after a…

Calling Dr. Bauer … -July 2018

Calling Dr. Bauer … For those with lung disease, shortness of breath or dyspnea – both chronic and acute – can certainly lead to symptoms of anxiety. I have some suggestions for an approach to manage these concerns. First are strategies to minimize the production of acute dyspnea: Use your pursed lips breathing techniques as…

Editor’s Note – July 2018

Editor’s Note Recently had the opportunity to get in the car and drive across the country without really having a plan. It was truly an unforgettable experience and made me appreciate the beauty of our country. As you go about your daily activities, try and plan a visit to some place you have never been…

Summer Considerations – July 2018

Summer Considerations As you play outside this summer, be aware of weather that could affect your breathing. Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor present in air expressed as a percentage of the amount needed for total saturation. As humidity increases, the density of the air increases. More dense air creates more resistance to…