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The official blog of the Lung Institute.

What Causes Fibrosis of the Lungs?

5 Apr 2018
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What causes fibrosis of the lungs

Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic lung disease that thickens and hardens the lung passageways responsible for carrying oxygen into the bloodstream. It can cause shortness of breath even with minimal activity.

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Does Medical Marijuana Help or Hurt My COPD?

8 Mar 2018
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Does Medical Marijuana Help or Hurt My COPD

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are currently medical marijuana and cannabis programs in 29 of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. However, what happens if your medical condition is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD?

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Do You Have COPD? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

22 Feb 2018
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Do You Have COPD_ 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

The only way to know for sure if you have COPD is to go to the doctor and get a breath test (called a spirometry), a chest x-ray, or a chest CT scan. However, one piece of research has also discovered that there are five questions that could also be good indicators that your breathing troubles are related to COPD.

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Lifetime TV’s “Access Health” Touts Lung Institute’s Cellular Therapy

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The Lung Institute got a chance to tell its remarkable story to a national television audience in early November. Lifetime TV’s “Access Health” featured Dr. James St. Louis, Lung Institute senior medical advisor, discussing the innovative cellular therapy that has helped many people address the progression of their COPD and do more than just temporarily…

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5 Leading COPD FAQS for Caregivers

4 Nov 2017
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5 Leading COPD FAQS for Caregivers

The circumstances of being a caregiver can be incredibly difficult to overcome. Although there is a sense of duty and responsibility to those we love and care for, we must achieve a balance between our own lives, work, and family and the well-being of those in our care. With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give you a breakdown on the 5 Leading COPD FAQs for Caregivers, and lend a helping hand of support for those feeling overwhelmed.

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COPD and Memory Loss

Scientific Findings about COPD and Memory Loss In the 1990s researchers at the Mayo Clinic studied the connection between lung function and dementia risk. Since then, more recent studies have indicated an increased risk of memory loss and dementia as a result of diminished lung function and chronic lung disease. A 15-year study published in 2011 suggested that…

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Is Silicosis Fatal?

Is Silicosis Fatal?

Yes, silicosis can be fatal. This respiratory disease is caused by inhaling crystalline silica dust, which produces inflammation and scarring when it settles into the lungs. As time passes, this scarring causes the lungs to stiffen. Silicosis is associated with various symptoms that tend to worsen over time, the most common of which include coughing,…

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How Does Emphysema Affect Lung Function?

How Does Emphysema Affect Lung Function?

Emphysema affects lung function in three main ways. First, emphysema causes holes to gradually form inside the lungs’ air sacs, thereby weakening their internal structure and inhibiting the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Second, emphysema damages the elasticity of the airways that lead to the air sacs, causing the air sacs to collapse and…

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What Medications are Prescribed for COPD?

What medications are prescribed for COPD?

The medications prescribed for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) depend on the type of symptoms that a patient is experiencing, as well as their frequency and severity. COPD, which is a category of diseases including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is characterized by restricted airflow into and out of the lungs, resulting in shortness of breath…

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* Every patient is given a Patient Satisfaction Survey shortly after treatment. Responses to the 11-question survey are aggregated to determine patient satisfaction with the delivery of treatment.

^ Quality of Life Survey data measured the patient’s self-assessed quality of life and measurable quality of improvement at three months of COPD patients.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

As required by Texas state law, the Lung Institute Dallas Clinic has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from MaGil IRB, now Chesapeake IRB, which is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), for research protocols and procedures. The Lung Institute has implemented these IRB approved standards at all of its clinics nationwide. Approval indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research.

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