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Living Well With End-Stage COPD, At Home and Away

Last time we talked about what you can do when you have “end-stage” COPD - things having to do with staying physically healthy. All important stuff, for sure, but we should never underestimate the value of emotional health, as well. Here is some wisd...

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Understanding End Stage COPD

“You have end stage COPD…” is possibly one of the most frightening - and confusing - things a person can hear. Let’s talk about the four stages of COPD and what it means for you. Here are three simple steps that anybody who has heard these dreaded wo...

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The New Face of COPD: Ken

The New Face of COPD: Ken COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is an umbrella term for emphysema and chronic bronchitis. More than 12 million U.S. adults are estimated to have COPD. But even more alarming is evidence that close to 24 million ...

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New Study Finds...5 Things You Can Do to Keep it Together

“Did you hear about that study? You know, the one that says if you take Atrovent or Spiriva, you’re more likely to have a heart attack or stroke? I don’t know about you, but I’ve got enough trouble with my breathing, and I don’t need anything else to ...

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New Treatments for COPD

I can’t tell you how many times a person with emphysema/COPD has come up to me, really frustrated, and said, “There must be something they can do to help me breathe better. Can’t they just go in there and do something to open up my lungs?” Or, “Can’t ...

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Living With COPD: Stories Matter, Stories Heal

Sometimes if we listen closely enough, life has a way of telling us which path to take. If we can only get ourselves out of the way we just might discover the best direction to take - and that would be in spite of what we think is best, and what we t...

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COPD and Spiriva: How to Maximize its Effectiveness

I’m sure most of you with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) have heard of Spiriva, and I am quite sure, as well, that many of you are taking it. Since it is still a relatively new medicine, I wrote this article to answer questions, clear u...

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Testing for Lung Disease: The Cost and Aftermath

What does it cost to test for lung disease? Charges for each of these tests vary across the country, but here are some ranges. Now, before you get all excited about the charges, thinking that your hospital or doctor’s office is rolling in cash, keep ...

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Are You an Alpha (A-1AD deficient)?

It was Mary Pierce’s 40th birthday. As she stood in her kitchen that day, her phone rang. It was not a call from a friend to wish her well, but news from her doctor that would change her life. "I was right," he said. You have this thing ca...

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Take control of asthma: How one young athlete took back her life - and her sport

Taken from the story, A Winning Season Breathe Better, Live in Wellness: Winning your Battle Over Shortness of Breath ©Copyright Jane M. Martin. Infinity Publishing, 2003 Read Part II of Jennifer Smith’s Story Here Read Part II of Jennifer Smith’...