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/  

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