Latest by John Bottrell

10 COPD Triggers To Be Aware Of

One of the best methods of controlling COPD is to learn what triggers your flare-ups and how to avoid or control them. Here are some of the more common COPD triggers. Cigarette Smoke. Avoid it at all costs. Do not smoke and quit if you do Do not allo...

7 COPD Winter Triggers

Winter is a time for snuggling inside warm, cozy homes, playing games, and working on indoor hobbies, such as knitting or crafting. It’s a time for outdoor activities, such as snowmobiling or skiing. Yet if you have a disease like COPD, winter is als...

6 Steps to Better Asthma Control

So you’ve come to grips that you have asthma, and now you want to gain better control. Here are five tips to get you started on your way to turning yourself into the perfect asthmatic. 1. See your asthma doctor regularly. Too many asthmatics only see ...

Extended Hospital Stay for Asthma

On January 8, 1985, I was admitted to National Jewish Hospital/ National Asthma Center (NJH/NAC). This was where the best asthma experts in the world worked at that time, and they were supposed to finally get my asthma controlled. I was 15 years old. ...

What is Rescue Medicine?

Dictionary.com defines "rescue" in part as "to free from violence or danger." Since an asthma flare-up (attack) is a violent reaction within your air passages that places you in impending danger, it’s only fitting that the medic...

Is it Okay to Use Expired COPD Medicine?

With the ever increasing cost of COPD medicines I get a lot of questions such as, “Is it okay to use expired asthma medicines?” My answer usually goes something like this: “While it’s not necessarily recommended, it might work.” By law, all medicines ...

11 COPD Advancements to Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

It’s never easy coming to grips with a diagnosis like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Sure, it’s caused some hardships along the way, yet COPD patients have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. 1. Better financing. For mo...

The Soaring Cost of COPD Inhalers and What You Can Do

If you have COPD or asthma you are probably well aware that inhalers used to treat these diseases can be very expensive. This topic has become such an issue in recent years it even inspired Elizabeth Rosenthal to write an article, "The Soaring C...

Combination Therapy May Improve Your COPD

Quite a few years ago now asthma experts realized asthma was much better controlled when a combination of medicines were used, as compared to just one. Recent evidence seems to suggest the same might be true regarding the treatment of COPD. Combinati...

Study: Zithromax May Control COPD Better Than Steroids

You have to love that we live in an era of scientific results. Scientists have been working very hard to come up with better and safer medicines to control COPD, and a recent experiment may have discovered a medicine that works better than systemic c...