Editor’s Note – May 2019

Editor’s Note Welcome to our annual review of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCs)! While we wait and wait for a smaller machine that will give us continuous flow higher than a setting of 3, Ryan has updated his data on the POCs currently on the market. Through an independent testing and consulting company, Valley Inspired Products, Ryan…

Insurance Facts-November-2018

    Insurance Facts For information on Medicare coverages and options for supplemental insurance and drug plans, visit www.medicare.gov A health insurance marketplace is a web- site to buy a health plan. Each state must either have a health insurance marketplace, also called an Exchange, or use the federal one at www.healthcare.gov You use them…

Diffuse Panbronchiolitis -September-2018

Diffuse Panbronchiolitis Ram Mishra of TCS Healthcare Services recently published an article on a rare lung disease called Diffuse Panbronchiolitis (DPB) in Respiratory Investigation, the journal of the Japanese Respiratory Society. Ram’s goal is to increase global recognition of this disease to decrease the rate of misdiagnosis and to increase the adequacy of treatment. Bronchi…

Respiratory News – May 2018

Respiratory News A type of plant-produced chemicals known as flavonoids found in dark-pigmented fruits like red grapes and blueberries may slow the lung function decline that occurs with aging, according to new research by John Hopkins researchers. Anthocyanins, the type of flavonoid investigated in the current study, appear to reduce mucus and inflammatory secretions and…

Editor’s Note – May 2018

Editor’s Note We met a man who was big in stature and using oxygen with one of the smallest portable oxygen concentrators (POC) on the market. He said the unit was recommended to him by his home care company, but he was always short of breath. When he tried a POC with a bigger oxygen…

Editor’s Note – March 2018

Editor’s Note The definition of compassion is the sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. It literally means to “suffer together.” Many times we are caught up in our own concerns that we lose sense of what others around us may be coping with. Try not to make it all about…

“State of Tobacco Control” Facts Show Historically Low Smoking Levels – January 2018

“State of Tobacco Control” Facts Show Historically Low Smoking Levels Adult and youth cigarette smoking rates are near historically low levels in the U.S. The current American Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control” may be seen at www.lung.org/our-initiatives/tobacco/ reports-resources/sotc The report shares the parts of the country and populations that are still very much impacted…

CPR Saves Lives – January 2018

CPR Saves Lives Valentine’s Day coming up got us thinking about just how fragile a heart can be. Would you know what to do to perform CardioPulmonary Resuscitation – CPR – to save someone’s life? If you have determined a person is unconscious by shaking them and loudly asking “Are you OK?” and you have…