Ask The Doctor – March 2015

Ask The Doctor IPF specialists, including Dr. Steven Nathan, Dr. A. Whitney Brown, Dr. Mar- ilyn Glassberg, Dr. Kevin Flaherty, Dr. Kevin Leslie and Dr. Paul Noble, answered questions about the new medications. How do we decide between pirfeni­ done (Esbriet)and nintedanib (Ofev) for patients with IPF? The physicians explained that both of the drugs…

Fibrosis File – March 2015

Fibrosis File A potential drug from Moerae Matrix for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) has shown it may prevent scarring and also treat established fibrosis. A clinical trial is being conducted in the Netherlands for MMI- 0100, which the drug is now known as. Investigators from Thomas Jefferson University studied mice with pulmonary fibrosis and found…

The Ryan Report – March 2015

The Ryan Report Ryan and Bob McCoy of Valley Inspired Products do not provide oxygen in patient’s homes, rather they are a research team, many times doing work that no one asked for, setting out to prove the claims made by respiratory equipment manufacturers. They have been called the “Consumer Reports” of the field of…

Calling Dr. Bauer – March 2015

Calling Dr. Bauer … Marilyn S. of Colorado writes Dr. Bauer to say she knows that it is not good to have too much carbon dioxide (CO2) in one’s blood. What happens in the body when CO2 levels are high? Dr. Bauer explains that breath by breath, our lungs serve two important functions. We all…

Editor’s Note – March 2015

Editor’s Note Having chronic lung problems, you not only have to deal with your medical symptoms but also the “social” symptoms. You know your limitations but it is hard to watch your friends do things you can no longer physically do. Maybe they no longer invite you to join them if they think you will…

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…

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…