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/  

Seasonal Allergies and COPD

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Seasonal allergies are very common, but people who have COPD and allergies suffer from worsened respiratory symptoms such as coughing and wheezing. Here are a few tips on avoiding serious complications: Stay indoors on days with high pollen and mold levels. Many weather sites provide information on the allergen levels in your area. If levels are high, try to stay … Read More

Failure to vaccinate children from measles could lead to chronic lung disease in adulthood

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A recent case study report demonstrated the possible future increase in non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis (NCFB) cases due to more US adults choosing not to vaccinate their children from measles. Diseases such as pulmonary tuberculosis, measles and whooping cough are strongly associated with NCFB developing in affected people later in life. NCFB is a chronic condition where the airways are damaged … Read More

Does working in the Information industry cause COPD?

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A recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study found that during 2013-2017, an estimated 2.4 million U.S. working adults 18 and older who never smoked had COPD. Research suggests that workplace exposures likely contribute to much of their disease. According to the CDC report, among workers who never smoked, some of the highest COPD prevalences were in the information industry … Read More

Oxygen and Wound Healing

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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

The Benefits of Oxygen Therapy

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For people with chronic lung diseases, such as COPD, oxygen therapy is prescribed to increase the oxygen level in their blood. However, many patients do not comply with their prescribed treatment, with reasons ranging from self-consciousness to not understanding the benefits. If you or your loved one has been prescribed oxygen therapy, here is a closer look at some of … Read More

How does a portable oxygen concentrator work?

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Portable oxygen concentrators are medical devices that help people with chronic lung conditions increase the oxygen level in their blood. Unlike the oxygen tanks and liquid oxygen systems that require replacement and refills, portable oxygen concentrators purify the oxygen from the air we breathe: 1. The concentrator draws in the air from the environment. The air that goes into the … Read More

Women have more severe COPD symptoms than men

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Women suffer more severe COPD symptoms then men, according to a recent study. Although more research is needed, some of the reasons may be the differences in lung volume and size, as well as evidence that estrogen may compound the effects of tobacco smoke. Read more about the study.

COPD Prevalence in the UK

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In the United Kingdom, an estimated 1.2 million people have been diagnosed with COPD. According to the British Lung Foundation’s Respiratory Health of the Nation project, around 2% of the population–4.5% of people over 40–live with the diagnosis of COPD. The study also showed that the prevalence of this disease is growing, with the number of people who have been … Read More