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The official blog of the Lung Institute.

Do You Have Overlap Syndrome?

21 Aug 2014 | Under COPD, Lung Disease, Related Conditions | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Overlap syndrome is considered to be relatively new to medicine. As you might have expected, the term refers to diseases that overlap one another so that the combined effect of multiple diseases or conditions are worse than either one alone. Currently, there are many examples of overlap syndrome in the medicine field, especially with auto-immune…

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Treat COPD and Restore Intimacy

19 Aug 2014 | Under COPD, Lifestyle Modifications | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Whether you just found out that you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or have been diagnosed with the condition for years, you don’t have to say goodbye to intimacy. COPD causes severe coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and other respiratory symptoms, all of which can play a role in how you are feeling every…

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Does Alcohol Worsen COPD?

18 Aug 2014 | Under COPD, Lifestyle Modifications | Posted by | 0 Comments
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How is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affected by alcohol? Does alcohol worsen COPD? It has only been within the last several years that this answer has finally started to take shape. And it’s a valid concern in managing COPD. One of the biggest problems is that there has not been much research on the…

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What You Never Knew About Breathing: Fun Facts

17 Aug 2014 | Under Lung Disease | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Breathing is one of the most universal and habitual practices that humans do. Most of the time, we don’t even think about it. Our lungs allow us to breathe in air and provide much needed oxygen to the rest of the body. This is an amazing process that keeps us going every day! But chances…

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor about COPD

16 Aug 2014 | Under COPD, FAQs, Lung Disease, Uncategorized | Posted by | 0 Comments
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When you are first diagnosed, it is important to compile a list of questions to ask your doctor about COPD. There is no cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but you can manage the symptoms through aggressive planning with you doctor. 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor about COPD 1. What could aggravate my…

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It’s a Controversial Topic: Can Marijuana Help Lung Disease?

14 Aug 2014 | Under Lung Disease, Lung Transplant, Treatments | Posted by | 0 Comments
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If not on a weekly basis than at the very least every other week, it seems as though medical marijuana legislation is making headlines. Whether you are in favor or opposed, it is safe to say the usage of marijuana for medical purposes is definitely a controversial topic. Already legal in 23 states plus the…

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Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Stem Cell Therapy

13 Aug 2014 | Under Stem Cell Therapy, Treatments | Posted by | 0 Comments
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From medication to oxygen round-the-clock, Kathy has tried every treatment option to help minimize the symptoms of her advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). With each passing day, her breathing has become more labored and she can barely get out of bed to manage the day-to-day responsibilities of managing her household. Recently, Kathy heard two…

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Is There A Connection Between Weight Gain and Lung Disease?

12 Aug 2014 | Under COPD, Lifestyle Modifications, Lung Disease | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Let’s be honest with each other, checking the mail is a relatively easy task for many of us. Now try to imagine that from the view of someone suffering from a chronic lung disease. You get up from the chair and start to walk toward the door. You sense the feelings of shortness of breath…

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Keys to Better Breathing

11 Aug 2014 | Under COPD, Lifestyle Modifications, Lung Disease | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Healthy breathing should feel as though you are barely breathing at all. Unfortunately, less than 10 percent of the world’s population breathes normally, and the average person consumes twice as much air today than they would have 100 years ago.  Surround yourself with healthy people, then try to focus on their breathing for 30 seconds….

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