By Brian L. Tiep, MD Pursed lips breathing has been shown to relieve shortness of breath and increase oxygen saturation in people with COPD. It was originally discovered by the patients themselves, who experienced that exhaling through pursed lips made
Perhaps you’re careful to get a regular flu vaccination every fall, but have you kept up with other vaccinations that may be beneficial for you? As we age, and particularly if we have a chronic disease such as COPD, our
You’ve probably seen the ads or the comments on Facebook or blogs: “You should try stem cell therapy for your COPD. It worked for me.” There are two reasons to be careful about seeking stem cell treatment for your COPD.
It’s the season again: Time to gear up for the colder weather and the arrival of a new wave of influenza. As you probably know, influenza viruses usually circulate widely in the United States from late fall through early spring.
A recent email exchange between a research fellow at Haukeland University Hospital in Norway and PERF board member Mary Burns, RN, BS, about singing with respiratory disorders, brought up memories and a funny story that Mary has given us permission
Dyspnea – or shortness of breath – can be distressing, especially for those with lung disease. We found a very useful video by The American Thoracic Society that can help you cope when you find yourself becoming short of breath.
When a patient requires mechanical assistance to breathe, the choices are invasive mechanical ventilation (use of an endotracheal tube or tracheostomy tube – also referred to as intubation) or noninvasive mechanical ventilation (NIV). Luckily for patients’ comfort, NIV has become
Last week, we shared a video featuring an interview with Harry Rossiter, PhD, FACSM, about a study involving mitochondria in muscle tissues and how this relates to the quality of health for COPD patients. In this video, Dr. Rossiter gives
The medical profession used to teach that the differences between COPD and asthma are these: Asthma is an allergic disease, and COPD is not. Asthma is not related to smoking; COPD is. Asthma involves reversible airway obstruction; COPD airway obstruction
Exercise training, together with behavioral modification, have become the central focus of pulmonary rehabilitation. Increased exercise tolerance and increased habitual physical activity acting together can improve the lives of people with lung conditions. In this video, posted on PERF’s new