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
This is part three of a three-part article. Click here for part 1: “Altitude & Oxygen Levels.” Click here for part 2: “Using Your Own Oximeter.” To read the entire article on PERF’s main website, click here. By Mary Burns, RN, BS PERF
In addition to the many beneficial drugs that are available for the treatment of COPD, there are several effective non-drug treatments available. Chief among them are smoking cessation for continuing cigarette smokers; pulmonary rehabilitation, which focuses on exercise endurance to