Opioids effective in relieving severe shortness of breath in COPD patients

CMAJ(Canadian Medical Association Journal) press release Patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and shortness of breath found that opioids provided relief and improved their quality of life, states an article in CMAJ(Canadian Medical Association Journal). However, physicians are reluctant to prescribe opioids for this condition, meaning many people will not benefit from this…

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Make Valentine’s an Asthma-Friendly Day

American Lung Association Top Story Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your significant other how much you care. However, when you have asthma many traditional gifts can worsen symptoms and make it hard to breathe. The American Lung Association offers these tips that can help make your Valentine’s Day more asthma-friendly. Low-pollen/No-pollen, Fragrance-free…

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5 ways to put the hush on hiccups

Oops! I’ve got the hiccups and can’t stop! Sitting in a silenced room, it happens. And the harder you try to stop it, the louder and more obnoxious it gets. So how can you get rid of these teasing hiccups? Ruben Restrepo, Professor and Director, Advanced Standing Program in the Department of Respiratory Care in…

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May is Asthma Awareness Month

A CDC Feature Article Control Your Asthma Asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases. There are about 25 million Americans living with asthma. The disease affects the lungs, causing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage asthma successfully to reduce…

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Asthma Awareness Can Help Prevent Rush to ER

HealthDay News Thousands wind up in hospital daily because of poorly managed disease, physicians’ group says Asthma is becoming much more common in the United States and people should know and respond to the basic symptoms before they are faced with a potentially life-threatening attack, experts advise. “Each day, thousands of people end up in…

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8 Breathing Tips for People With COPD

health.com Living with COPD More than 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Almost as many may not realize that their shortness of breath and coughing are in fact symptoms of this debilitating condition. Although such symptoms can start out as a mild annoyance, they can get worse with time….

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May is Asthma Awareness Month

A CDC Feature Control Your Asthma Asthma is the most common long-term disease of children, but adults have asthma, too. Asthma causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. If you have asthma, you have it all the time, but you will have asthma attacks only when something bothers…

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Many Unaware They Have COPD

WebMD Health News 2 in 3 With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Don’t Know It As many as two in three people with known risk factors for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) don’t know that they have the disease. A new study finds that about one in five heavy smokers over age 40 have findings of…

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COPD – Helping the Missing Millions

From The American Lung Association – Fighting For Air Online – March 2010 Edition About 24 million Americans suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It’s a staggering number, made more so by the fact that only about half of them have been diagnosed. The rest, some 12 million, are unaware that they are living…

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