Risk Factors of COPD Among Women


Historically, men have been perceived to have a higher prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as compared to women, however, studies now show that more women are diagnosed with COPD and their mortality rates are higher. There is evidence of susceptibility among women of the risk factors associated with COPD. The World Health Organization (WHO) in conjunction with the … Read More

New FDA Guidance Provides a Policy Designed to Expand the Availability of Respiratory Devices, Including Oxygen Concentrators, During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued this immediately in effect guidance: Enforcement Policy for Ventilators and Accessories and Other Respiratory Devices During the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency.   The FDA believes the policy set forth in this guidance may help address urgent public health concerns by helping to expand the availability of devices that facilitate respiration, … Read More

Respiratory Care Week Celebrates Respiratory Therapists


Respiratory Care Week is the last full week of October and it is designated to honor and recognize Respiratory Therapists. You may have heard the term “Respiratory Therapist” before, but do you know what Respiratory Therapists actually do? Respiratory Therapists (RT) are certified medical professionals who specialize in providing healthcare for your lungs. There are different types of respiratory therapists, … Read More

What is ECMO?


Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, is a therapy that adds oxygen to a patient’s blood and pumps it through their body. The process takes place outside the body, hence the term “extracorporeal”. There are two types of ECMO: VA (venous-artery) and VV (venous-venous). VA ECMO is used for cardiac bypass while VV ECMO is typically used for respiratory bypass. ECMO is … Read More

Five breathing exercises for COPD


COPD affects your ability to breathe well, with symptoms including wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. These symptoms can worsen over time, but there are breathing exercises that can help you manage them. Practicing breathing exercises regularly can help reduce your exertion during daily activities and even aid in returning to exercising. The five breathing exercises that are especially … Read More

Does psoriasis cause COPD?


Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes widespread inflammation. Although it is typically associated with skin, it can affect other parts of the body, including the lungs. Researchers found that people with psoriasis have a greater risk of developing COPD compared to the general population, with the risk higher in people with severe psoriasis. Not everyone with psoriasis will develop … Read More

Gender differences in COPD


Many think of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as a man’s disease. That view used to be supported by statistics, with the number of men compared to women who died from COPD reported as 5 to 1 in 1959. However, between 1968-1999, the number of women dying from COPD increased by 382% while the number of men increased by only … Read More

Six lifestyle changes to help manage COPD


People with COPD often feel that they can no longer live the life they’re used to. However, by making a few lifestyle changes people with COPD can enjoy fulfilling lifestyles while managing their disease: Stop smoking – this is a top priority to help manage your COPD. Your doctor can help you select the best program, strategy or product to … Read More

Dusty workplace may increase the risk of COPD


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

What is GOLD?


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