Ask Mark – May 2015

Ask Mark Brian from Canada asks, Are there recommended indoor conditions or filtering equipment for someone with COPD? Mark replies, This question comes up again and again among those with COPD. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to answer with much of a helpful response. Indoor air quality is an ongoing and difficult issue that affects…

Calling Dr. Bauer – May 2015

Calling Dr. Bauer … Doris from Florida has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertensionandasks Dr. Bauerforasimpleexplanation of her problem.  Dr. Bauer explains the upper number of a blood pressure read- ing tells you the amount of force pushing against your artery walls when the heart is contracting. The bottom number is the pressure when the heart…

Ask Mark – January 2015

Ask Mark … Nina from EFFORTS is wondering why she seems to get another infection as soon as she stops taking antibiotics! Mark explains, We have to consider that recurring infections may not be separate or new infections nor are they likely to be necessarily bacterial in nature. Antibiotics are effective only against bacteria and…

Ask Mark -July-2014

    Ask Mark Don from Canada asks if the accuracy of a pulse oximeter is affected by movement. When he checked his readings about seven minutes into his walk, it read 88%, within 5 seconds of stopping it went to 92% and within 15 seconds was at 95%. Is this accurate, dropping and recovering…

Ask Mark – May 2014

Ask Mark … Sharon from New Mexico was recently hospitalized with a pneumo­ thorax and asks Mark to explain what caused it. Mark explains, A quick review of how the lungs work might help understand how a pneumothorax may occur, as well as what must be done to correct it and reduce chances of its…