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Here is a roundup of the articles, news & updates that we've published on the PERF blog site during the past month. Click on the "Read More" link at the bottom of each excerpt to read the full article.

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If You Have Asthma, You May Have a Higher Risk of Shingles

Shingles is a condition marked by a very painful localized rash that may take several weeks to resolve.  It occurs mainly in older individuals who had chicken pox in their youth. According to a study published online December 28 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, asthma is an unrecognized risk factor for herpes zoster (shingles) in adults. They advise that adults over 50 who have asthma should be vaccinated against shingles.

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Top Ten Tips For Conserving Energy For COPD Patients

Elsewhere on this blog we’ve talked about the value of exercise in helping to increase endurance and strength.  And it’s true: exercise is a must for COPD patients and will go a long way toward improving the quality of their day-to-day life. However, conserving energy in day-to-day living is also important in helping to manage COPD symptoms and keep flare-ups at bay.  Here are the top ten tips for conserving energy during day-to-day tasks.

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Your Location and Demographic Group Affects Your Chance of Getting and Seeking Medical Treatment for COPD

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) share some interesting global statistics regarding the incidence of COPD and whether sufferers do, or don’t, seek treatment for the disease.

First is a global divide regarding the leading cause in the development and progression of COPD. In the United States, tobacco smoke is overwhelmingly the most common cause. In the developing world, indoor air quality, mainly related to indoor cooking in unventilated spaces in rural households, is thought to play an appreciable role.

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Updated Pocket Guide to COPD Released For 2016

Attention health care professionals: The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) group has released their Pocket Guide to COPD Diagnosis, Management and Prevention – A Guide for Health Care Professionals, updated for 2016.  In the guide you will find:

  • Key points regarding COPD
  • Overview of COPD
  • Causes
  • Diagnosis


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PERF Monthly Newsletter – February 2016

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