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Get all the latest news that has to do with oxygen therapy and lung diseases, as soon as it hits the presses. We help you stay informed on all the important issues that affect you, whether you have COPD, use oxygen therapy, or any other lung disease. Find all the most recent news about American Medical as well, here on our blog.
  • How to Deal with Late Onset Allergies

    It can be frustrating to find out that you are now allergic to something that you weren't allergic to just a few years ago. It's possible to go all your life without being allergic to dog and cat dander, mold or pollens, and develop one later in life. This is known as adult onset allergy, and it's more common than you may have guessed. Many allergies are known to affect the airways, and this can be dangerous for those with a chronic lung condition, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma.

    What causes late onset allergies?

    Experts have come up with several possible causes for why you would develop an allergies late in life, and it's not always easy to pin point why for each individual case. One reason is, you can actually overexpose yourself to a certain allergen, like animal dander if you've had pets for a long time. Or maybe you live in a house with a mold problem, and now you've started having reactions to it.

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  • Managing Holiday Stress and COPD

    The holidays can be a very stressful time for anyone – you want to buy presents for your friends and family, plan a trip, plan a family meal and a get-together, and handle the cold weather that you might be experiencing in your part of the world. All of this can be hard to handle for someone who is in full health, not to mention for someone who has a chronic lung condition, such as COPD, or for someone who needs to use oxygen therapy on a daily basis.

    The key is to not out-do yourself. Buying presents and working yourself into a stressful situation isn't worth taking a toll on your health. It's important to keep in mind that your friends and loved ones would want you to stay healthy above all else this time of year. It's true that stress can get you sick, and this is a real risk during the holiday season. We are in the midst of cold and flu season, and the flu, or even just a run of the mill cold can exacerbate your COPD.

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  • How to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

    This is a very familiar scenario for anyone – you're busy shopping or going out and about, preparing for the holiday festivities, when you realize you've caught a cold or even worse – the dreaded flu virus. Anyone who has a clean bill of health will be down for the count for at least a week with the flu, or for a few days with a common cold. But if you have COPD or another chronic illness that compromises your lungs, this could spell big trouble. Not only will you not be able to enjoy the holiday season, but you could even end up in the hospital with an exacerbation.

    You don't have to hide away in your house, however, and miss out on the fun with your family, or the savings in the stores you might be able to find out there. There are many things you can do to protect yourself as much as possible, to keep your risk of illness at a minimum.

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  • Managing Your Weight Around the Holidays

    During the Holiday season, between Halloween and through New Years, eating becomes a social event. This is the main reason why so many people complain about gaining a few unwanted pounds during this time of year. With all of the delicious foods all around us, and not wanting to offend anyone by not at least sampling their homemade goods, it's easy to overeat. Gaining a few pounds might not be such an issue, but overeating can be dangerous, especially when it comes to what you are eating.

    If you have COPD, eating too much can even make it hard for you to breathe, and it's easy to start to feel full quickly. Don't feel obliged or pressured into eating more than you can handle – your family and friends will understand. A full stomach will push against your diaphragm and in turn put pressure on your lungs, which will become uncomfortable and make breathing difficult. Here are a few tips and tricks for avoiding the weight gain, as well as the bloat.

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  • Best Places to Visit Before Summer Ends and Oxygen Therapy Tips

    You want to see as much as you can of the places that turn cold and inclement during the winter months. You can always save the places in the warming climates for a vacation during the winter months. Here is a list of the best places to visit while the weather is still pleasant, and a few tips for bringing your oxygen concentrator along with you for the trip.

    If you are flying to your destination, make sure you let your airline know 48 hours ahead of time that you are bringing along an oxygen concentrator. Different airlines have different requirements for the battery power you will need when you get on the plane. In any case, you will definitely need extra batteries or battery packs for the trip. You can add more batteries to your rental package, or purchase a travel package for your chosen oxygen concentrator.

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  • August is Immunization Awareness Month - How Immunizations Help COPD

    Keeping your Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease under control is the first step in keeping you healthy. You should be doing anything you can to prevent exacerbations, including doing specific lung exercises, quitting smoking, taking your prescribed oxygen therapy and medication as directed, as well as getting the immunizations that will help keep you healthy.

    If someone you know gets a cold or the flu, who doesn't have COPD, they will be ill for about a week or two, and get better. If you were to come down with the flu, it can spell disaster and lead to an exacerbation. Getting the proper immunizations for things like influenza and pneumonia are important and will make a huge difference in your health throughout the year, and through the cold and flu season.

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  • Gone Fishin' with My Portable Oxygen Concentrator

    Many people love going fishing throughout the year, and it's one of the most popular pastimes in the world. It's a hobby that shouldn't be given up if you are diagnosed with COPD, even if you are one of the more enthusiastic fisherman, who will sit all day waiting for a bite from the biggest fish they've ever caught. People will spend large amounts of money for the best equipment to help them in their fishing ventures, and we don't want you to overspend on your oxygen therapy so you can get the oxygen you need while fishing, and going about life in general.

    One serious fisherman we know is Jerome C., who was diagnosed with severe emphysema 3 years ago, when he was 61. Needless to say, this hasn't set Jerome back at all with his favorite hobby.

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  • Staying Active with the DeVilBiss iFill Personal Oxygen Station

    Continuing on with your life as normal can seem a little harder when you've been diagnosed with a chronic disease such as COPD. If you can keep from being stuck to your couch while using your oxygen therapy, you've just conquered a little part of why COPD feels like a ball and chain. Carl O. has always been active in his community, but now his diagnosis with COPD has inspired him to do even more for others. He wasn't about to let COPD keep him from doing what he's always done.

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  • Difference between Invacare and Respironics Products

    If you're in the market for a home oxygen concentrator or a portable model, the array of choices you have might be a little overwhelming. We carry some of the best brands of oxygen concentrators and accessories, but you're probably wondering which is right for you. We're here to help you in any way we can, with our informational pages on our website and our sales representatives that are there to help you make the right selection.

    Here is a comparison of two such brands – Invacare and Respirionics – comparing things like battery duration on portable models, electrical usage of home oxygen concentrators, flow rates at LPM (Liters Per Minute) and other important specifications. We want to help you make an informed decision on which brand and model is best for your needs.

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  • Reviews of Respironics Oxygen Products

    Respirionics is one of the leading brands in oxygen concentrators, CPAP machines and accessories, and they manufacture some of our customer favorites. If you are an active or traveling patient with COPD who needs oxygen therapy, you will be happy to know that we carry two Respirionics portable oxygen concentrators for rent! They are the EverGo and SimplyGo models.

    The EverGo and the SimplyGo

    These are two great models, and you can take them with you wherever you go, as long as you can charge the batteries periodically, and have access to a power supply.

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