Ask Chris …November-2011

    Ask Chris … I’d like to talk to you about the importance of setting your Eclipse  pressure sensitivity. Did you know you can change the pulse flow or “on-demand” pressure sensitivity level on your Eclipse? It is important you understand how to maximize the benefits of your Eclipse. Most units operating in pulse…

Traveling News-November-2011

    Traveling News New POC Coming We understand that Philips Respironics will be introduc- ing a new version of the EverGo POC that will have the capability of giving you oxygen at a continuous flow at a setting of 2. EasyPulse POC Available Precision Medical’s EasyPulse POC is now available. The unit operates on…

Suggested Sequence for Use of Multiple Inhaled Medications-November-2011

    Suggested Sequence for Use of Multiple Inhaled Medications If Using only Long-acting Medications FIRST Long-acting ß-agonist (alone or combined) Brovana (arformorterol) Foradil (formoterol), Performist (formoterol) Oxis, Oxese (formoterol) Serevent (salmeterol) Advair (Serevent & Flovent) Duova (formoterol, tiotropium bromide) Seretide (salmetrol, fluticasone) Symbicort (formoterol, budesonide) SECOND Long-acting Anticholinergic Spiriva (tiotropium bromide) Tiova (tiotropium bromide)…

Calling Dr. Bauer -November-2011

  Calling Dr. Bauer Dear Dr. Bauer, My wife was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. I don’t understand why people are treated differently. Could you explain this? Duncan, NH When a diagnosis of lung cancer is made, one of the first steps in medical and surgical management is to determine the“stage” of cancer. This represents…

Fibrosis File-November-2011

    Fibrosis File NHLBI Stops One Treatment Arm of Its IPF Trial The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has stopped one arm of a three-arm, multi-center clinical trial studying treatments for the lung-scarring disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) because of safety concerns. The trial found that people with IPF receiving a currently used…

Fibrosis File September-2007

  Fibrosis File The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (www. coalitionforpf.org, 1-888-222-8541) recently sponsored the fifth annual National Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Awareness Week. Nearly 50 advocates, many of whom were patients and family members, took part in meetings on Capitol Hill and urged Congress to increase federal funding for IPF research in the Fiscal Year…

Respiratory News

Respiratory News A Belgian study published in the Journal of Respira- tory and Critical Care Medicine found high doses of Vitamin D taken during pulmonary rehabilitation brought significant improvements in those with COPD. Spirometrics The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is spon- soring a seven year study to explore subsets of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary…

Exasperating Exacerbations! September-2011

Exasperating Exacerbations! A majority of patients with COPD who develop a rhinovirus infection (most common cause of a cold) develop a secondary bacterial infection, suggesting that early antiviral therapy might be very beneficial. The American College of Chest Physicians reports a daily dose of the antibiotic Azithromycin reduced the frequencies of exacerbations and improved the…

Traveling News September -2011

  Traveling News cruise Ships and Smoking Policies Smart cruise lines have realized that stricter policies are needed when it comes to allowing smoking on their ships. We salute those that totally prohibit cigarette smoking in the cabins – balcony or not! Azamara, Celebrity, MSC, Oceania and Regent Cruise Lines now prohibit smoking in all…