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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.
  • 2013 COPD8 USA Conference

    The 2013 COPD8 Conference will be held at the Hilton in downtown Chicago, Illinois on June 14th and 15th, with the educational workshop on the 14th only. This workshop is for healthcare providers but is also open to anyone who wants to sit in and learn about the the newest developments in health care that have an effect on how Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, can be treated, as well as clinical, research and care delivery. There will be a joint session in the morning from 10 am to noon, and the educational workshop will go from 1 in the afternoon to 2:30 PM.

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  • Our 2013 Respiratory Therapist Scholarship Entries

    We are overwhelmed by the response that we received for our 2013 Respiratory Therapist scholarship essay contest; we received almost 200 applicants!

    We are going to start reading them this week and hopefully have a winner picked in the next few weeks. Good luck to all who entered!!

  • 2013 Will Have a Longer Spring Allergy Season

    Some of us don't need to watch the weather to know when the pollen count is high, or know that some of the trees have already begun to release their pollen spores. Many allergy sufferers in parts of the southern United States begin to see their symptoms develop as early as January, when it used to not start until February. People in the north aren't used to needing their allergy medicines until the last half of February. Doctors around the country are already seeing the signs of a particularly long and tough allergy season.

    With the apparent climate changes and winter seeming to come to an end quicker than it did in the past, we can expect trees and other plants to become active sooner. Tree pollens are released during early spring, while ragweed comes later in the spring and in late summer.

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  • Organ Donation and Lung Transplants – What You Need to Know

    The medical technology of organ donation has saved many lives, but it's estimated that around 100,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant, and it can be hard to find the right match. Organ donation is complicated and can be risky. The blood type has to be matched between the recipient and the donor, and the size and age have to be compatible.

    If you have severe COPD or another lung disease, receiving a lung transplant might be an option for you. This might be an option so you won't need to depend on an oxygen concentrator for the rest of your life, or need a battery of medications to keep your lungs functioning as close to properly as possible.
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  • Share your COPD and Oxygen Therapy Experiences with Others

    When people find out that they or a loved one has been diagnosed with a chronic disease such as COPD, they tend to start learning as much about it as they can. They might go to the library or buy books on the subject, or take to the internet and search for as much information as they can find.

    People will often search for ways to combat the disease with medicines or alternative means. They will have many questions, and sometimes the best person to answer them is, is someone who has plenty of personal experience with the disease and its treatments.

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  • Cow's Milk and Soy Milk – Comparing the Benefits for Those With COPD

    Milk is something everyone should be drinking in one form or another. Sometimes it's not enough to only eat cheese or rely on other dairy foods. According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), if you want to get the full nutritional benefits of dairy, you should be drinking three, 8-ounce glasses of milk per day.

    Proteins, calcium and the amino acids our bodies need are plentiful in cows milk. If you have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), you have an even more significant need for the nutritional value of dairy. Your body has to work harder to breathe, so you burn up more energy. You might notice that you or someone else had lost a considerable amount of weight shortly before they were diagnosed with the disease. Your body burns more calories and uses up more nutrients to get the job done.

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  • Arm Yourself This Cold Season - Best Cold Medicines and Ingredients

    Aside from your doctor, the best person to give you advice about medications is your pharmacist. If you're coming down with a cold and need some relief, the pharmacist is the most readily available and qualified person to give you advice on which over the counter medicines to choose. Depending on your unique condition and the medications you are on, your doctor or pharmacist might advise against using certain over the counter medicines.

    For example, if you have high blood pressure, you probably already know that over the counter decongestants aren't safe for you to take because of the way they constrict blood vessels. If you have high blood pressure and suffering with a cold or allergies, your doctor may prescribe something safe for you, or tell you of an over the counter alternative. With high blood pressure, the over the counter decongestants that you should be avoiding are anything with ephedrine, naphazoline, phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine and oxymetazoline.

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  • Having Difficulty Breathing In Cold Weather?

    For some people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and chronic bronchitis, breathing cold, dry air can have a drying or irritating effect on the airway causing bronchospasm (contraction of the smooth muscle that surrounds the airway). Bronchospasm decreases the size of the airway, thus makes it more difficult to get the air in and out of the lungs, increasing shortness of breath. The constriction of the airways may reduce the flow of air into and out of your lungs, which adds to the feeling of breathlessness and may even cause wheezing.

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  • FAA: Passengers Can Fly with Respironics SimplyGo Oxygen Concentrator

    The FAA cleared the air for the Philips Respironics SimplyGo for flight with its passengers who rely on portable oxygen. As of October 31, carriers are allowing passengers to use the SimplyGo system during flights. Not only is this beneficial for anyone who relies on these systems, but the Respironics SimplyGo is also the first approved portable oxygen concentrator allowed for use on commercial flights.

    The guidelines are specifically outlined in the FAA’s Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 106, which allows passengers to carry on portable concentrators that meet stringent safety requirements. After careful study, the Philips Respironics SimplyGo portable oxygen concentrator is found to meet all SFAR requirements.

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  • Superstorm Sandy Increases Awareness of Secondary Oxygen Supplies

    Oxygen concentrators are important to the livelihoods of many people, especially patients who suffer from COPD, asthma and other respiratory diseases. As if October 2012’s Superstorm Sandy didn’t bring enough problems, the catastrophic natural disaster also caused trouble to patients who rely on oxygen therapy. This was evident in states such as New York, where power outages were rampant for several days. One tragic example was reported just one day after the storm struck New York City, when a Manhattan woman was found dead after she ran out of oxygen with her electric concentrator.

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