Calling Dr. Bauer … -July 2019

  Calling Dr. Bauer … Those with chronic medical conditions often ask, “Is there something ‘new’ to treat my illness”? I would like to tell you about a new therapy available to some people with chronic moderate-to-severe asthma who do not respond to standard inhaler options. Some people with allergy-based asthma have high circulating levels…

Ask Mark – March 2019

Ask Mark … Mike C. is interested in endobronchial valves and asks what the differences are between them. Mark replies, The Zephyr and Spiration endobronchial valves are designed to improve lung function, exercise capacity and quality of life for people with emphysema by bypassing the areas of the lung that are most affected by their…

Ask Mark …November-2018

    Ask Mark … Leila from EFFORTS heard that taking the antibiotic, Levaquin, for her bronchiectasis has many side effects and might not be the best choice for her. Mark answers, Levaquin, a class of drugs known as fluoroquinolones, has mental health side effects as disturbances in attention, disorientation, ag- itation, nervousness, memory impairment…

Ask Mark …- July 2018

Ask Mark … Mark has updated his Suggested Sequence of Using Inhalers chart in a collaborative effort with Dr. Noah Greenspan of Ultimate Pulmonary Wellness in New York City. The only inhaler not included is the new Trelegy Ellipta. It needs no “sequence”, except that it should not be taken within two hours after a…

Ask Mark – May 2018

Ask Mark Bruce B. from California tells Mark he was told that blowing up balloons was dangerous for those with emphysema but good for asthmatics. Those with emphysema risk bursting bullae blowing against too much pressure or even straining too hard holding their breath. Is this true? Mark answers, A bullae is an air­filled sac…