John Bottrell, Health Professional

John Bottrell is a registered Respiratory Therapist. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

How I Conquered Exercise Induced Asthma

To say I never exercised as a kid is not telling the whole truth. A more accurate statement would be to say that I rarely exercised when my asthma was acting up. And considering I had brittle asthma as a child, there were many times I was unable to e...
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Would Pulmonary Rehabilitation Benefit You?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a top-line recommendation for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and this seems to be true whether you have mild, moderate, or severe COPD. So what is pulmonary rehabilitation, and how might it hel...
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7 COPD Resolutions You Should Keep

Credit: Thinkstock A New Year’s Resolution can be a powerful aide to helping you live well with COPD. Here are some we think would be perfect for you to choose from. 1. Learn about your disease. Both COPD and Asthma are complex diseases that research...
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Evolution of Asthma: More Than Just a Lung Disease

Most people still think of asthma as just a lung disease. This makes sense considering the telltale sign of asthma is difficulty breathing. A rising slew of evidence, however, now has researchers believing asthma is more than just a lung disease, tha...
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8 Christmas COPD Triggers

Credit: Thinkstock In order to get the most out of the Christmas season, those of us with lung disorders have to be wary of Christmas asthma triggers. Here are those seven triggers along with some tips to help you get around them. 1. Real Christmas T...
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