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Jane Martin

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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.

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What You Eat Can Impact Your COPD

Load up on these specific foods to support healthy lung function and ultimately optimize your pulmonary rehabilitation.

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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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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 ...

Is it COPD or Something Else?

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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Not So Fast! Learning to Pace Yourself

If you have COPD, pacing is one of the most important things you’ll ever learn. "But, you don’t understand. I’ve always done everything fast. Always worked hard. And you know what they say - you can’t teach an old dog new tricks." Well, I ...

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Five Things You Must Know if you Have COPD

Let’s face it. If you’re in the dark about your COPD - if you don’t understand what it is and what it means for you, you’re not doing yourself any favors. There’s a lot to learn when you have COPD, and there are many, many things you can do each day ...

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Staying Healthy and Preventing COPD Exacerbations

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." ~~ Benjamin Franklin "Stat neb treatment in the Emergency Room - Stat neb treatment in the Emergency Room." The voice of the ER unit secretary came across my pager. It was 10:00...

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Dying with COPD

What Will it be Like When I Die? "I have COPD. What will it be like when I die? Will I just struggle for every breath and gasp until I can’t get any more air? That sounds like a horrible way to go That’s what scares me the most." As a resp...