Looking Back!-July-2016

    Looking Back! Thinking about the incredible advances we have made in living with chronic lung disease, we thought it would be fun to look at past issues to see what the hot topics were at that time. Twenty years ago in our 1996 July/ August issue we were talking about: Lung Volume Reduction…

Fibrosis File-July-2016

    Fibrosis File The American Thoracic Society gives us an overview of what pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is all about. Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung condition characterized by extensive scarring of the lung. This usually causes loss of normal lung tissue that leads to shortness of breath and respiratory failure. Pulmonary fibrosis can be triggered…

Calling Dr. Bauer -July-2016

    Calling Dr. Bauer … Recipient Selection for Lung Transplantation Lung transplantation is a treatment option for certain people with advanced lung disease. After other medical therapies have been exhausted, it is time to consider lung transplantation when your life expectancy is predicted to be only one to two years without the transplant, or…

Respiratory News – May 2016

Respiratory News Time to get in shape! UCLA researchers have found people with cardiovascular dis- ease who have high muscle mass and low fat mass have greater survival rates than those with other body compositions. The findings also suggest that regardless of a person’s level of fat mass, a higher level of muscle mass helps…

Answers to the Nutrition Quiz – May 2016

Answers to the Nutrition Quiz (by the University of California at Berkley Wellness Center from the March/April issue) Rank the following foods for potassium content from most to Answer: While bananas are an excellent source of potassium, with 420 milligrams, other foods have even more: yogurt, 530 milligrams; orange juice, 500; halibut, 490; broccoli, 460.…

Fibrosis File – May 2016

Fibrosis File Information Sources Dr. David Lederer is a pulmonologist from New York City who specializes in the care of people with pulmonary fibrosis and those who have undergone lung transplantation. Dr. Lederer created a blog called “Pulmonary Fibrosis–Clearing the Air,” to help increase awareness about the diagnosis and manage- ment of pulmonary fibrosis. It…

Respiratory News – March 2016

Respiratory News As you know, cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Johns Hopkins investigators found a tiny amoeba, Dictyos- telium discoideum (or “Dicty”), to be a great model for human COPD. Dicty possesses genes that offer a protective effect against cigarette smoke extract. We can now begin to understand the mechanism by which…