October 12, 2014

Kids exposed to BPA before birth at risk of wheeze and asthma

Young kids who were exposed to Bisphenol A (BPA) before birth are more likely than others to have a wheeze before age five, according to a new study that found no connection to BPA exposure after birth. Many plastic and aluminum consumer products contain BPA, and most Americans have detectable BPA concentrations in their urine,…

September 27, 2014

Be Proactive: Exercising for COPD Patients

Exercise may seem daunting to your patients, but has many proven benefits for people with COPD.  It will improve their ability to do more without feeling breathless and help them to rediscover activities they could no longer do. Exercise can bring specific benefits to people with lung disease, as well as general improvements to health…

September 14, 2014

CVS Quits for Good

Smokers who try to quit can double or triple their chances by getting counseling, medicine, or both.  Individualized smoking cessation plans and education based on your patient’s needs and goals are key to improving the chances of your patients quitting.  Studies show that smokers assisted by a health care provider have a much greater chance….

August 31, 2014

Pet Allergies by Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Who Gets Pet Allergies? Six out of 10 people in the United States come in contact with cats or dogs. The total pet population is more than 100 million, or about four pets for every 10 people. Allergies to pets with fur or feathers are common, especially among people who have other allergies or asthma….

August 24, 2014

COPD Overlooked in Cardiovascular Patients

More than a quarter of patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and a history of smoking also have air flow limitation compatible with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Japanese study data show. Strikingly, the vast majority (87.7%) of patients found to have such airflow limitation had not previously been diagnosed with COPD, report Katsuya Onishi (Onishi…

August 17, 2014

Back to School: Allergy and Asthma Preparation

Sending children back to school comes with a long checklist of items to remember. For example, you need to know what school supplies to buy. You will want to visit the school to find the classroom and meet the teacher. You will also plan after-school activities full of fun enrichment opportunities. If you have a…

August 10, 2014

They Can’t Quit. But What’s the Point?

We have been talking a lot about smoking over the past few weeks and its effect on COPD, asthma, and general health long-term.  And today, we have more.  Nearly 10 percent of cancer patients still smoke.  Nearly nine years after diagnosis, bad habits die hard and some are saying “What’s the point?” Nine years after…

August 03, 2014

CDC Reports Annual Financial Cost of COPD to be $36 Billion in the United States

The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) announced the Online First publication of Total and State-Specific Medical and Absenteeism Costs of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Among Adults Aged 18 Years in the United States for 2010 and Projections Through 2020 in the journal CHEST. The report, presented by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control…