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Pulmonary Fibrosis: What Got Me Here and How Can I Improve?

Posted by Caleb Umstead on Oct 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM

This post was updated: 10/06/2016

Pulmonary Fibrosis has been diagnosed in around 140,000 Americans, and typically affects people in the age range of 50 to 75 according to the American Lung Association. Like most respiratory diseases, the affects of pulmonary fibrosis may develop more slowly or quickly in different people.

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Topics: Respiratory Disease, Disease Management, Pulmonary Fibrosis

COPD Awareness Month: The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your COPD in the Winter

Posted by Duke on Nov 25, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Daylight savings time has passed which means the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder. For some, the cold weather and shorter days are a refreshing change. However, if you suffer from COPD, chances are you dread winter.

Cold weather has the ability to negatively affect your COPD in a number of different ways. From causing you to experience shortness of breath to putting you at a higher risk of getting sick, there are several risk factors you have to account for. Not to mention, winter is the peak of cold and flu season.

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Topics: COPD, Respiratory Disease, Disease Management

Chronic Lung Disease and Cognitive Function

Posted by Caleb Umstead on Jul 1, 2014 12:06:45 PM

New research has shown that patients with chronic lung disease have an 87% higher chance of experiencing mild cognitive impairment, compared to people without chronic lung disease. Mild cognitive impairment as defined by The Mayo Clinic as "a intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of language, memory, judgment, and thinking which you can expect of normal aging, or a more serious decline of dementia". 

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Topics: Respiratory Disease, Disease Management

Why Are COPD Patients More Likely to Get Pneumonia?

Posted by Caleb Umstead on Jun 11, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Exposure to harmful environmental pollutants or long term cigarette use is the cause for the majority of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease diagnosis's. COPD is a lung disease that includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis, which effects a persons ability to breathe regularly at times of rest and especially during times of peak physical activity. In addition to COPD there are many other complications that come along with the diagnosis, one of the most dangerous is pneumonia. Airways thin due to COPD which makes expelling mucus from the lungs difficult, when the airways thin they trap mucus which becomes an ideal breeding ground for germs that cause pne

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Topics: COPD, Respiratory Disease

Cystic Fibrosis: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Caleb Umstead on Jun 9, 2014 12:41:00 PM
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Topics: Cystic Fibrosis, Respiratory Disease, Disease Management

5 Ways to Slow the Progression of Your Respiratory Disease

Posted by Duke on May 29, 2014 3:56:00 PM


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is just that: chronic. There is no known cure for many respiratory diseases, from asthma to emphysema, but there are medications, whether oral or in aerosolized form, that your doctor may prescribe to slow down the progression of your disease and its symptoms. The good news is that there are five non-medical treatments you can do on your own to keep your respiratory symptoms at bay and continue to enjoy quality of life with a chronic ailment.

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Topics: COPD, COPD Treatment, Cystic Fibrosis, Emphysema, Respiratory Disease, Disease Management

What Everyone Ought to Know About COPD

Posted by Duke on May 29, 2014 3:53:00 PM

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a gradual degenerative form of lung disease that is associated with increased breathlessness, frequent coughing, and tightness in the chest. Because there are many misconceptions about COPD, it is important that patients and caregivers know the following facts about COPD.

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Topics: COPD, COPD Treatment, Respiratory Disease, Disease Management

4 Oxygen Friendly Outdoor Hobbies

Posted by Duke on May 29, 2014 3:52:00 PM

The diagnosis of pulmonary insufficiency and a prescription for oxygen aren't necessarily a reason to stop doing outdoor activities you once enjoyed. Today's technology allows you to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, with the assistance of long-lasting batteries and portable 02 units. Find out how easy it is to pursue those hobbies you may have considered abandoning, such as golf, walking, gardening and fishing, even if you require supplemental oxygen.

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Topics: COPD, oxygen therapy, portable oxygen, Respiratory Disease

New Risks of Smoking

Posted by Duke on May 29, 2014 3:24:00 PM

Although it may be hard to believe, the surgeon general released a new report which found that smoking and second hand smoke are much worse than we thought. The report, which was published 50 years after the first surgeon general report on smoking, shed some light on new ways smoking harms people. COPD, lung cancer, heart attack, and stroke are just four major health conditions that can be caused by smoking. 50 years after the original surgeon general report and there are more diseases and health conditions to add to that list.

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Topics: Quit Smoking,, COPD, Emphysema, Respiratory Disease

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