Calling Dr. Bauer – March 2018

Calling Dr. Bauer Dear Dr. Bauer, I was told I have “hypersensitivity” lung disease and am unsure what this means! Thanks for any help in understanding. Evelyn P., Maryland This is a specific type of interstitial lung disease (ILD) that is more accurately called “hypersensitivity pneumonitis” or HP. HP is caused by an allergic reaction…

Feeling Compassion – March 2018

Feeling Compassion Before we can feel compassion for oth- ers, we first must feel compassion for ourselves. Self-compassion frees you of feeling guilty or unworthy. It lets you live free of judgment. You are not being self- indulgent by allowing yourself to forgive. Forgive yourself for past smoking or other unhealthy behaviors. Live today without…

St. Valentine Quiz- January 2019

St. Valentine Quiz Valentine is indeed the patron saint of love, but he has many other duties. He is also the patron saint of: Actors Bee keepers Orphans Vinegar makers   We associate love with the heart, but in Shakespeare’s time it was not always In what other organ did love reside? Kidneys Liver Pancreas…

Respiratory News – January 2018

Respiratory News A study in the journal Vaccine tells us Cornell University researchers are working on a long-lasting flu vaccine where you might only need a booster vaccination every ten years. We can only hope!   A molecule called Frizzled-4 sits on the surface of lung cells and regulates healing and self-repair. German researchers have…

Exercise and COPD – January 2018

Exercise and COPD Bruce King of Sommerville, MA, writes that he was recently diagnosed with asthma and emphysema. He found that exercising helps him more than the inhalers he takes. The treadmill and hand cycling especially have made a  significant positive change on his breathing. If you have made up your mind that you are…

MY COPD ACTION PLAN – January 2019

MY COPD ACTION PLAN It is recommended that patients and physicians/healthcare providers complete this action plan together. This plan should be discussed at each physician visit and updated as needed. The green, yellow and red zones show symptoms of COPD. The list of symptoms is not comprehensive, and you may experience other symptoms. In the…

MY COPD MANAGEMENT PLAN – January 2018

MY COPD MANAGEMENT PLAN   It is recommended that patients and physicians/healthcare providers complete this management plan together. This plan should be discussed at each physician visit and updated as needed.    General Information                                                                                                 Name:                                                                                                Date:                                           Emergency Contact:    Phone Number:                                                                                                              Physician/Health Care Provider Name:                Phone Number:               Lung Function Measurements                                                                                         Weight:…