Respiratory News

According to the Journal of Applied Physiology, if you are trying to lose weight, you can take a break! A team of researchers found when men exercised for two 30-minute stretches, taking a 20-minute rest break in between, they burned more fat than when they image086-2exercised for a single 60-minute session.

Be nice and calm! Health Psychology recently concluded the more hostile a young adult was, the more lung function declined. For each one-fifth increase in scores on the hostility questionnaire, there was a corresponding decrease in scores on the breathing tests. Hostility has already been shown to increase the risk of coronary artery disease.

Researchers reported in the medical journal CHEST that changes in atmospheric pressure, which often occur during storms, may be related to an increase in people suffering a collapsed lung.

Why do some people with COPD take their medications exactly as their doctor prescribed, while others do not? Australian researchers tried to find out in a study also published in CHEST. Those who did not take their medicines frequently said, “I vary my recommended management based on how I am feeling” and “I get confused about my medications.” Patients’ acceptance and knowledge about their disease and faith in the treatment were important factors if they were adhering to their drug therapy.