Legislative Update – March 2011

Legislative Update   In these days of declining reimbursement for homecare companies, many are simply getting out of the business. Air Products and Air Liquide stopped serving oxygen to people in their homes and now we hear that Praxair plans to sell its United States homecare division. As we discussed in our last issue, the…

Calling Dr. Bauer – March 2011

Calling Dr. Bauer Dear Dr. Bauer, I was diagnosed with moderate COPD six years ago and am currently taking Spiriva, Advair 250/50 and a rescue inhaler. I was told my COPD would never get any worse as long as I didn’t smoke (I quit six years ago) and stayed away from second-hand smoke. Is this…

WE WANT YOU! – March 2011

WE WANT YOU! If you haven’t already, we encourage you to enroll in the COPD Research Registry that was established in 2007 by the COPD Foundation. The Registry is a confiden- tial database of individuals diagnosed with COPD. Once enrolled, you will have the ongoing opportunity to participate directly in clinical trials of new treatments…

Second COPD Coalition Conference Shows Progress Made – January 2012

Second COPD Coalition Conference Shows Progress Made Tregistered on ClinicalTrials he recent second U.S. COPD Coalition Confer- ence, held in December, brought together people involved in the treatment, support, personal and legislative aspects of living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It had been eight years since the first meeting. If you check with the www.uscopdcoalition.org…

Traveling News – January 2011

Traveling News  Traveling by Air: Key Travel Tips from Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  There are times when TSA will physically inspect a piece of checked luggage. Locks that can be opened by security offi- cers using universal “master” keys are available at airports and travel stores nationwide. Do not pack wrapped gifts or bring wrapped…

Calling Dr. Bauer -January 2011

Calling Dr. Bauer Dear Dr Bauer, My father’s doctor wants to put a needle through his lung to get fluid out. Could you give me some infor- mation about this procedure and if it is safe and effective? Laura from Florida  A pulmonary specialist usually performs this special test. Normally, there is only a small…

Respiratory News – 2011

Respiratory News    Recently, doctors at the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation discovered an early warning system in a protein called PIM-1. Dr. Sébastien Bonnet has established that PIM-1 cells can be used as markers of pulmonary hypertension. Physicians found the greater the PIM-1 levels, the more severe the pulmonary hypertension. With blood tests to…

Cooking with COPD – January 2011

Cooking with COPD Advance for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine brings you Save Your Breath: Cookbook for People with COPD, written by Elizabeth Page, respiratory wellness coordinator for Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott, AZ. For more than 40 years, Elizabeth has cared for patients with respiratory ailments as an RT and asth- ma educator. This…