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Lung Health after Smoking Cessation

11 Sep 2014 | Under COPD, Lifestyle Modifications, Lung Disease | Posted by | 0 Comments

Millions of people quit smoking every year, and the question of lung health after smoking cessation has become a prominent theme among healthcare professionals. About 47 percent of smokers attempt to quit annually.  This is not surprising given that the number one cause of preventable death in the worldwide is smoking. Over 400,000 people die…

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What Happens during a Lung Transplant?

10 Sep 2014 | Under Lung Disease, Lung Transplant | Posted by | 0 Comments

Back in the late 1960s in South Africa, Dr. Christiaan Barnard made headlines across the globe when he successfully transplanted the first human heart into 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky. While over the years heart transplants have continued to be in the limelight, lung transplantation has taken a decided back seat. And yet key to the success…

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Are e-Cigarettes Still Bad for People with Lung Disease?

7 Sep 2014 | Under Lifestyle Modifications, Lung Disease | Posted by | 0 Comments

Over the last 10+ years, with ever-increasing frequency, Marlboro, Camel and Lucky Strike have been replaced by such brands as blu, Vapor Zone and Green Smoke. But the new top sellers are not traditional cigarettes. These three brands are actually a new wave of smoking products classified as e-cigarettes. Granted we know now the health…

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What is the Role of Genetics in COPD?

6 Sep 2014 | Under COPD, Lung Disease | Posted by | 0 Comments

Sparkling blue eyes fringed with long dark eyelashes, cleft chin, dimples and black wavy hair with a widow’s peak. Yes, you definitely inherited the “family” look. That’s the good news but then again quite a number of people in your family have developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Now, you are wondering about the role…

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Tips to Managing a Cold or the Flu with Lung Disease

2 Sep 2014 | Under Lifestyle Modifications, Lung Disease | Posted by | 0 Comments

You wake up sneezing, coughing and have that achy, feverish, can’t move a muscle feeling all over your body. You know that flu season has arrived…. Pretty much everyone dreads this time of the year. Seasonal flu and colds spread between people like wildfire, causing many to get sick. According to the Centers for Disease…

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Breaking Down COPD Stereotypes

31 Aug 2014 | Under COPD, Lifestyle Modifications | Posted by | 0 Comments

When we think about stereotypes, we don’t usually associate medical conditions with having such problems. Over the years though, more conditions within the medical field have taken on negative stereotypes that have gradually impacted the way that we diagnose and treat certain conditions. This same practice can especially be seen in the understanding of chronic…

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What is the Connection between Agent Orange and COPD?

28 Aug 2014 | Under COPD, Lung Disease | Posted by | 0 Comments
Agent orange and COPD

When most of us think about the Vietnam War, we often make the association between horrific violence and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But what about another occurrence that is intimately tied to the war that took place in the 1960s? Agent Orange. Exposure to this lethal herbicide with its primary toxin being dioxin has been…

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What is the Connection between Occupation and COPD?

26 Aug 2014 | Under COPD, Lifestyle Modifications, Lung Disease | Posted by | 0 Comments
COPD and occupation

So when your lungs are not functioning properly, as is the case with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), often times than not you battle for the luxury to breathe easily. You have never smoked a cigarette or a cigar in your life. However, working over the years in a number of different industries, namely leather…

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What are the Anesthesia Risks and Concerns with Lung Disease?

25 Aug 2014 | Under COPD, Lung Disease | Posted by | 0 Comments
Risks and concerns with lung disease

Two days ago Frank’s physician told him that the time had arrived where he could no longer put off total knee replacement. However, he still needed to be cleared for the surgery because of his other medical issues. Frank then started to worry, tossing and turning at night. Should he be concerned that his lung…

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