Jane Martin, Health Professional

Jane Martin is an accomplished respiratory therapist, author and founder and director of Breathing Better, Living Well.com. She wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for COPD.

What's the Difference Between COPD and Asthma?

When you’re short of breath, there’s no mistaking it. It’s clear to see - and feel. But what, exactly, is going on inside the lungs to cause it? And how do different obstructive lung disorders compare? Today we’ll look at a common question asked by p...
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Living with COPD: Why Iron is Important

Iron in your blood is important to your health, especially if you have COPD. Why? Iron is an essential part of the process of getting oxygen to all parts of your body. You see, your body uses iron to make hemoglobin, and hemoglobin is in the red bloo...
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Eat to Breathe Better with COPD-Part II

In this sharepost - Feeling tired and over-full when eating - Water drinking and retaining fluids - Dairy products and mucous - Fiber Vitamins and supplements Here, in Part II of Eat to Breathe Better with COPD, we look at eight more commonly asked q...
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Eat to Breathe Better

Here’s what you should eat, and what you should avoid, to boost your energy with COPD.
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Understanding Your Medications - Part IV

This is the fourth and final part of our series on COPD Medications. - Dry Powder Inhalers (DPI’s) - Nebulizers - Timing and sequencing of inhaled medicines Dry Powder Inhalers (DPIs) A dry powder inhaler (DPI) is different from a metered dose inhale...
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Understanding and Using your COPD Medications - Part I

When I ask patients what their inhalers do, they almost always respond by saying, "They open up my lungs." Yes, that’s true. But what’s really important to know - and understand - about COPD medications is that there are different types of ...
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Relovair: New Medicine for COPD

Developing new medications and getting them from the lab to your neighborhood pharmacy (or mailbox) as safe and effective - is a long, complicated process, requiring a great deal of care. You may have heard about this new medication. Here’s a brief r...
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Is it COPD or Another Lung Condition? How Can You Tell?

In Part I we talked about how your doctor figures out if you have COPD or if it is asthma or pneumonia instead. Here in Part II we will discuss Pulmonary Fibrosis, Lung Cancer, Black Lung Disease, and also find out what was wrong with Jane’s eye and ...
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Is it COPD or Something Else?

How does your doctor go about figuring out what is wrong with you and arrive at the correct diagnosis? Let’s begin with a story, something that happened to me not long ago… "Well, it’s one of three things," said the doctor. It could be cau...
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