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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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History of COPD Treatment


Believe it or not, we can trace the history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) back to the mid-1600s. Our knowledge of COPD began to develop with the writings of the Swiss-born physician, Theophile Bonet, in the mid-17th century. It was not until hundreds of years later in 1965 when the actual term, COPD, was…

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Do You Have Overlap Syndrome?

21 Aug 2014 | Under COPD, Lung Disease, Related Conditions | Posted by | 0 Comments
overlap syndrome

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

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

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

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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