Fibrosis File – May 2012

Fibrosis File Panther Study Stopped Researchers are reporting that a widely used combination treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis increased the risk of death among patients with mild-to-moderate lung impairment. In a randomized trial, the combination of prednisone, azathioprine, and N-acetylcysteine (or NAC) also increased the risk of hospitalization compared with placebo, according to Fernando Martinez,…

Respiratory News – March 2012

Respiratory News Nebulized therapy is recommended for elderly people with severe disease and frequent exacerbations and for those with physical and/or cognitive limitations. A new study on the role of nebulized therapy in COPD showed many people did not use the hand-held nebulizers prop- erly often resulting in their getting less than optimal benefit from…

Nutrition News – March 2012

Nutrition News Dietary Advice During and After COPD Exacerbations Advice from NursingTimes.net When you have a respiratory infection, pneumonia or other type of exacerbation of your chronic lung disease, eating right can help get you on the road to recovery faster! During exacerbations: Eat small amounts, frequently throughout the day Choose soft, easy-to-eat foods that…

Ask Chris – March 2012

Ask Chris New Kid on the Block There is a new Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) for the continu- ous flow user! At nine pounds, the Philips Respironics SimplyGo is the smallest continuous flow POC today. Use as a stationary oxygen concentrator with up to 50 feet of extension tubing or as a port- able unit.…

Fibrosis File – March 2012

Fibrosis File New Medication News for IPF Inhaled interferon-gamma may be an effective treat- ment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) according to an article published in Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery. Nor- mally, injected deliv- ery of interferon- gamma can cause substantial side ef- fects; however, inhaling interferon-gamma directly into the lungs…

Calling Dr. Bauer – March 2012

Calling Dr. Bauer My patients often ask me how I determine the proper oxygen flow for their concentrator at home or for their portable system. Tech- nology using pulse oximetry has made this decision a fairly easyone. Those small finger probes use light frequencies to sense pulsing blood. Technology enables them to calculate the percentage…

Calling Dr. Bauer -January 2012

Calling Dr. Bauer It can often be quite uncomfortable for patients with severe lung disease to talk to their physicians about concerns of sexual intimacy. With Valen- tine’s Day approaching, I thought this might be a good time to share some written advice on the subject. With proper use of their medications and oxygen, exercising…