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Does working in the Information industry cause COPD?

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 and administrative support occupations. The study also found that within the group of workers who never smoked, women had higher COPD prevalences than men.

See other statistics reported in the study, including COPD prevalences by sex, race and ethnicity, as well as public health implications, here

 

Oxygen and Wound Healing

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 therapy) helps accelerate healing by reducing inflammation, promoting collagen formation and stimulating the growth of new cells and blood vessels.

Although many factors affect the wound healing process, a study published in the Journal of Wound Care found that the use of topical oxygen therapy helped nearly half of the previously non-healing wounds close.

The Benefits of Oxygen Therapy

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 the benefits of long-term oxygen therapy:

  • Increased survival – by far, the most important benefit for people with COPD is that it prolongs your life if you have more severe resting hypoxemia (low levels of oxygen in your blood).
  • Reduced complications – supplemental oxygen helps reduce COPD complications by stabilizing pulmonary hypertension, reducing secondary polycythemia, and decreasing arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms).
  • Lessened symptoms – supplemental oxygen can help relieve dyspnea (shortness of breath) and other symptoms related to COPD, including fatigue, dizziness, and depression.
  • Improved health-related quality of life – not only does supplemental oxygen improve your sleep and mood, it also increases your mental alertness and stamina, allowing you to get more done during the day.

These are just a few of the many benefits of oxygen therapy, so read more.

Belluscura to present at UK Investor Show this Saturday

Visit Belluscura at Booth 65 at the UK Investor Show! See a live demonstration of the X-PLO2R portable oxygen concentrator, learn more about its unique technology and multiple advantages, and meet Belluscura’s CEO Bob Rauker and CFO Tony Dyer.

Investment Notice: Neither Belluscura or Crowdcube is soliciting investors in the United States, Canada or Japan or any other country where it would be unlawful for its pitches to be advertised. Investors must not register or view pitches if they are resident in these countries.

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Over 100 investors are now supporting Belluscura through crowdfunding!

To date, we have brought on more than 100 investors from 12 countries and we are very thankful for all the interest in, and support of the X-PLOR. Our goal is to help patients suffering from chronic lung diseases, such as COPD, to enjoy more active and fulfilling lifestyles. Please join us in helping millions of people in the world breathe easier – invest today!

Investment Notice: Neither Belluscura or Crowdcube is soliciting investors in the United States, Canada or Japan or any other country where it would be unlawful for its pitches to be advertised. Investors must not register or view pitches if they are resident in these countries.

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How does a portable oxygen concentrator work?

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 concentrator consists of about 20 percent oxygen, 78 percent nitrogen and 2 percent other gases.
2. The air is pulled into the cartridges filled with the material called Zeolite. Zeolite captures nitrogen through a process called pressure swing adsorption, thus concentrating the oxygen.
3. The concentrated oxygen is delivered to the patient via a nasal cannula.
4. Part of the oxygen is fed back through the cartridges to help clear out nitrogen and other gases that are then expelled back into the atmosphere.
5. The above process repeats.

Visit Belluscura at Booth 65

 

Belluscura will be demonstrating the X-PLOR at the UK Investor Show on March 30. Come see us at Booth 65 for a hands-on experience with the world’s first modular portable oxygen concentrator.

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Belluscura extends crowdfunding campaign

We are getting numerous inquiries about the X-PLO2R being presented at the UK Investor Show. Having received so much interest, we decided to extend our crowdfunding campaign until April 5. Come see us at the show March 30 and don’t miss out on this unique investment opportunity!

Investment Notice: Neither Belluscura or Crowdcube is soliciting investors in the United States, Canada or Japan or any other country where it would be unlawful for its pitches to be advertised. Investors must not register or view pitches if they are resident in these countries.

See X-PLOR at the UK Investor Show

Belluscura will be presenting on March 30 at the UK Investor Show. Come experience in-person the X-PLO2R’s unique features and advantages, and meet Belluscura CEO Bob Rauker and CFO Tony Dyer.

Women have more severe COPD symptoms than men

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.