A COPD Chistmas-November-2013

    A COPD Chistmas Valerie McLeod from McLaren Regional Medical Center’s successful pulmonary rehabilitation program in Flint, Michigan, requested that we reprint this poem written by the late Jim Phillips of the Wheezenpuffs. Happy Holidays to all! T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, ’cept me…

Travel News-July-2013

    Travel News Using CPAP during Your Travels Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP systems are used to treat sleep apnea. When you travel, it is a good idea to place your unit in your carry­on bag when you board the plane as there is no guarantee that your luggage will make it to…

Respiratory News September-2013

      Respiratory News A study from Japan in the Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology showed Vitamin C prevents cigarette smoke-induced pulmonary emphysema in mice and provides pulmonary restoration. Pulmonary rehabilitation can significantly improve the lives of people with COPD, but many patients are never referred to a program. Australian researchers found…

New Help for PH -September-2013

    New Help for PH Pulmonary   Arterial Hypertension (PH) is high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs that can lead to heart failure. In an international study by Bayer Health Care, when compared to a placebo, an oral medication called Riociguat, significantly improved exercise capacity and improved pulmonary vascular resistance in those…

Travel News -September-2013

    Travel News Update on New CAIRE SeQual POCs Ryan Diesem tells us the SeQual Eclipse 5 model, which is the fourth generation of the Eclipse product line, has been released. There was no Eclipse 4 model as CAIRE SeQual skipped the number “4” due to the negative connotations the number has in many…

Fibrosis File September-2013

      Fibrosis File Breath of Hope Building a global voice for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and hoping to raise awareness of the disease, September 21–29 marked the first IPF World Week. This year’s “Breath of Hope” campaign involved IPF patient organizations from eight countries and offered global support and hope to IPF patients…

Calling Dr. Bauer -September-2013

      Dear Dr. Bauer Could you please explain exactly what is a “COPD exacerbation”? Jeri M., MN This typically means a worsening of the signs and symptoms of COPD. Increased respiratory rate, fever, high pulse and worsening oxygen levels are signs indicating an exacerbation. Symptoms of worsening shortness of breath, more sputum production,…