Sharing the Health!

Russell Winwood from Australia is known as a COPD athlete – he has com- pleted the Boston Marathon and is a qualified Iron Man! Phillips  Respironics has teamed with Russ to raise awareness of COPD and to inspire those who have been diagnosed with lung disease to live their lives to the fullest. You can follow the 52-year old man’s activities at www.copdathlete.com, where there is also information on COPD including podcasts by health professionals.image321

Bronchial thermoplasty has been a treat- ment option for people with severe asthma since 2010. Their problems with thick smooth muscle in their airways is relieved by heat treatment with radio-frequency thermal energy. The procedure is done in three ses- sions at least three weeks apart. Each session takes 30 to 45 minutes. More than 6,800 people in 33 countries have been treated. After bronchial thermoplasty, fewer asthma exacerbations, emergency room visits and hospitalizations have been reported. On average, corticosteroid use was also reduced.

Be careful when you show the love to your favorite singer – seems like you actually can scream your lungs out! The Journal of Emergency Medicine reports a teenager was admitted to the hospital with shortness of breath and a collapsed lung after forceful screaming at a concert she attended.

I received a Pneumovax vaccine to protect against pneumonia many years ago which I was told works against 23 strains of pneu- monia. My physician has recommended that I get an additional dose of Pneumovax every five years. He also suggested one called Prevnar 13 to boost my immunity against 13 more strains of pneumonia. I thought one pneumonia vaccination would protect me for my life but after learning 4,000 people die from pneumonia every year, I am going for maximum protection. Thought I would spread the word!

Rick Adams, Floridaimage325

Bronchial thermoplasty has been a treat- ment option for people with severe asthma since 2010. Their problems with thick smooth muscle in their airways is relieved by heat treatment with radio-frequency thermal energy. The procedure is done in three ses- sions at least three weeks apart. Each session takes 30 to 45 minutes. More than 6,800 people in 33 countries have been treated. After bronchial thermoplasty, fewer asthma exacerbations, emergency room visits and hospitalizations have been reported. On average, corticosteroid use was also reduced.

Professional clown Fran Etzkorn, known as Kolo, also happens to be an oxygen user. She has always wanted to zip line and finally got her chance. Kolo is an inspiration to all of us who think we can’t do something!