Feelings-July-2008

    Feelings It always helps to vent! If you or your caregiver would like to write about how you really feel about any aspect of chronic lung disease, we will credit you with a year’s membership. Please send to: The Pulmonary Paper, PO Box 877, Ormond Beach, FL 32175. I try to smile and…

Fibrosis File-July-2008

  Fibrosis File The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) and the National Jewish Medical and Research Center have launched the first genetic counseling program for patients and families affected by familial pulmonary fibrosis. The telephonic counseling program will be operated by the National Jewish Medical and Research Center and funded by the CPF. Pulmonary fibrosis…

Calling Dr. Bauer -July-2008

    Calling Dr. Bauer Dear Dr. Bauer, My doctor recently told me that my carbon dioxide level was high. What does this mean and is it important?            AS, Tully, NY Most of us know that the job of the lung is to extract oxygen from the air and then deliver it to our red…

Legislative Changes on HR.6331!-July-2008

  Home Oxygen and Equipment Legislative Changes on HR.6331! The fight is not over yet, but on July 9, 2008, HR.6331, The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, passed with more than the needed votes in the Senate by a 69-to-30 vote. The same bill passed the House by an overwhelming 355-to-59 margin just…

Feelings – May 2008

Feelings   It always helps to vent! If you or your caregiver would like to write about how you really feel about any aspect of chronic lung disease, we will credit you with a year’s membership. Please send to: The Pulmonary Paper, PO Box 877, Ormond Beach, FL 32175. Memories: Having lived with COPD for…

Respiratory News – May 2008

Respiratory News   Cipla, a pharmaceutical company based in India, has introduced Triohale, the first triple combination inhaler. Triohale combines three medicines that are recommended for use in people with COPD. It contains a long-acting anticholinergic–Tiotropium (brand name Spiriva), a long-acting beta-2-agonist–Formoterol (Foradil) and an inhaled glucocorticoid–Ciclesonide (Alvesco or Omnaris) which is currently used to…

Product Corner – May 2008

Product Corner   New POCs Coming on the Market Two new portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) recently made their debut. When they become available to the public this summer, there will be a total of eight POCs available for the oxygen user’s portable needs. FAA approval for use on the airlines is pending at this time…

Traveling Tales -May 2008

  Traveling Tales   DOT Requires All Airlines to Accept POC Usage Three years ago, the Department of Transportation (DOT) approved the use of five portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) during flight. The agency left it up to the airlines to decide if they would accept them or not. AirSep’s LifeStyle and Freestyle, Inogen One, Sequal’s…

Calling Dr. Bauer … May 2008

Calling Dr. Bauer … Dear Dr Bauer, I have emphysema and chronic bronchitis and many of my prescriptions say, “You should not drink alcoholic  beverages  while taking these medicines.” I am in a serious quandary as I enjoy one shot of Jack Daniels every evening. (It’s like Jack Benny being held up by a thief…