Dusty workplace may increase the risk of COPD

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More than one in ten people with a range of non-cancerous lung diseases may be sick due to breathing in dust and fumes at work, according to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The study estimates the occupational burden of COPD at 14 percent, and notes that the role of occupational factors in … Read More

Oxygen and Wound Care

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Oxygen plays a vital role in our daily lives. We breathe because our bodies need oxygen to produce energy. However, in addition to enabling us to function, oxygen’s ability to produce energy plays an important role in wound healing. Wounds that are infected and inflamed have poor blood flow. Exposure to high concentrations of oxygen (e.g. topical or hyperbaric oxygen … Read More

What is GOLD?

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If you or your loved one has COPD, you may have heard of the Global Initiative For Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, or GOLD. But what is it, exactly?  GOLD was launched in 1997 with the purpose of improving the lives of people with COPD worldwide. Collaborating with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of Health and the … Read More

True or False? Get the facts about COPD.

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COPD is the third leading cause of death and affects roughly 24 million Americans. However, there are many misconceptions floating around about this disease. To help clarify some of the misinformation, the CHEST Foundation has created an infographic to bust some of those COPD myths and replace them with facts: https://foundation.chestnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/COPD-MYTHBUSTER-2-22.pdf

Traveling with Supplemental Oxygen

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Summer vacation time is here, but people with COPD often feel reluctant to travel far from home. However, with proper preparation, even the patients who use supplemental oxygen can safely and easily travel wherever they wish to go, even by air. Here are a few tips: Speak to your doctor about your travel plans. Contact your airline, bus/train carrier or … Read More

Avoiding COPD Complications in the Summer

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For people with COPD, summer heat and humidity can worsen their COPD symptoms, including shortness of breath and bronchospasms. However, while we cannot control the weather, we can control our environment and exposure to the summer heat – here are a few tips on preventing serious summertime complications: Stay cool – if possible, stay indoors in air-conditioned areas. When driving, … Read More

World No Tobacco Day: Tobacco and Lung Health

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Every year on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate the World No Tobacco Day. The annual campaign is designed to raise awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco use and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. This year’s theme is “tobacco and lung health,” focusing on the negative impact that tobacco has on … Read More

When to get a cough checked out

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A cough is a common symptom of multiple conditions. Some conditions go away on their own, such as a common cold, while others, such as pneumonia, require medical attention and medication. How do you know when you should go see a doctor about your cough? That depends on multiple factors, including how long your cough has persisted and the symptoms … Read More

Is there a link between COPD and diabetes?

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According to a recent study, there may be a link between COPD and type 2 diabetes. People with COPD suffer from the inflammation of the lungs which causes a chronic obstruction of the airflow, and research suggests that the type of inflammation typical of COPD could be responsible for the development of type 2 diabetes. In turn, the high levels … Read More

State of the Air – how does your city rank?

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The American Lung Association State of the Air 2019 report ranks metropolitan areas based on air quality data. See the list of the cleanest cities (summer vacation time?) and find out which cities are the most polluted: https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/sota/city-rankings/