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Why I Switched My Asthma Medication

We live in a day and age where asthmatics are blessed with a plethora of medicinal options. I personally think it’s a good idea for all asthmatics to keep an open mind and, when appropriate, be willing to try something new. Personally, as a life-long ...

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Common COPD Co-Morbidities

Helping patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a difficult task in and of itself. Making this task more difficult is the fact that the disease is frequently associated with various co-morbidities. A morbidity is a medical condi...

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10 Popular COPD Meds

Fortunately, there are many choices to treat respiratory disorders—here are the top ten on the market.

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Managing Asthma at Work

Asthma can post a problem in the workplace, considering many jobs involve working with or near asthma triggers. But thanks to improved work environments and better asthma treatment, people with asthma can participate in various occupations without ma...

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Benefits and Limitations of Inhalers and Nebulizers

When nebulizers and inhalers were introduced to the world during the 1930s and 1950s, respectively, this was exactly the gift people with lung diseases, like asthma, yearned for since the beginning of time. This meant they now had an easy means of in...

What to Expect at the ER

What to Expect at the ER

COPD patients frequently need to go to the hospital for flareups. Here’s what will most likely happen.

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5 Signs It's ER Time

Sometimes people with breathing disorders, particularly those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), wait too long to seek help. This only makes matters worse, and makes treatment harder. Here are five signs you need to call for help righ...

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Choosing the Right Asthma Controller

There’s no shortage of asthma controller medications on the market. Here’s a breakdown of the most common ones.

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10 Ways COPD Affects the Heart

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), over time, can affect the heart. Learn how our heart and lungs work together as a team to keep us healthy.

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FeNO Testing May Help Diagnose Asthma

One of the many tests used to help physicians diagnose and treat asthma is Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide, or FeNO. It’s a simple procedure where the patient exhales into a mouthpiece connected to a computer that measures the amount of Nitric Oxide ...