Respiratory News – May 2011

Respiratory News Respiratory Care recently reported on a new automatic oxygen regulator available in Italy that will adjust oxygen flow in response to the users saturation. The small device is strapped and connected to a portable oxygen unit and a pulse oximeter. It will increase and decrease the flow rate to your cannula as your…

Traveling News – May 2011

Traveling News Save Money: Ship Your Bags! The AARP advises you to save money on airline fees and ship your luggage FedEx or UPS ground. It usually is less expensive and much less hassle! If you pack smart by rolling small items of clothing to fit in spaces of your luggage, you may be able…

Product Corner – May 2011

Product Corner Talk to Your Local Oxygen Supplier Captive Technologies was founded last year by Ed Ratke, who also started Sequal Technologies, manufac- turer of the Eclipse Portable Oxygen Concentrator. The new company offers the O2 Talon™, a tool for separating oxygen tubing from connectors, tanks or concentrators. The retail price is $17.95. They also…

Fibrosis File – May 2011

Fibrosis File Important Finding The New England Journal of Medicine tells us scientists have discovered a genetic variation associated with the MUC5B gene which may increase the risk of developing Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF). The study’s findings of the role of MUC5B may alter the course of PF research by focusing attention to mucus production in…

Calling Dr. Bauer … May 2011

Calling Dr. Bauer … Dear Dr. Bauer, I am concerned about swelling in my legs that seems to be getting worse. I am on a controlled no-salt diet and take diuretics. What can you can tell me?  J L   It may stretch your imagination, but indeed, leg swelling can be a sign of lung…

Respiratory News – March 2011

Respiratory News A blood test designed to uncover early signs of emphysema before symptoms become apparent could become part of your yearly physical! The test detects early emphysema 95 percent of the time and has the potential to persuade a person to stop smoking before his or her emphysema worsens. Measurements of endothe- lial microparticles,…

Product Corner – March 2011

Product Corner Keeping It Light! Designed for children with asthma, (but usable by big kids too!), a Digger Dog compressor makes taking your nebulizer treatments a little more fun. It is portable at 3.5 pounds and comes with a dog house tote bag. Available from Briggs Medical Service for $42.79 plus shipping You might prefer…

Traveling News – March 2011

Traveling News Attend the U.S. COPD Coalition Conference The U.S. COPD Coalition is hosting the second national COPD Conference on December 2 and 3, 2011 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. The first national COPD Conference, held in 2003, spurred nearly a decade of progress in COPD diagnosis, treatment, research and education efforts.…

Fibrosis File – March 2011

Fibrosis File New Guidelines The American Thoracic Society (ATS) has issued new official clinical guidelines on the diagnosis and management of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and published this joint statement in the March 15 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The ATS collaborated with the European Respiratory Society, the Japanese…