Responding to Ice Storm, New England Durable Medical Equipment Providers Mobilized to Ensure Safety of Home Oxygen Patients

ARLINGTON, VA, December 15, 2008 Home oxygen providers in New England prepared for the deadly ice storm that struck last week and have responded with extra visits and contacts with patients receiving home oxygen therapy. An oxygen patient who uses an oxygen system that runs on electricity must have a back-up supply of oxygen that…

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Its Not Too Late – Get Your Flu Shot Now

Flu is a serious contagious disease. Each year in the United States, on average: >More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications. >20,000 of those hospitalized are children younger than 5 years old. >36,000 people die from flu. Take Action To Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones From The Flu. The Centers for Disease…

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Study shows that with treatment, patients with COPD can significantly improve quality of life

PATIENTS with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can now lead normal and active lives for longer with proper management of the disease. The results of the UPLIFT (Understanding Potential Long-term Impacts on Function with Tiotropium) study demonstrated that tiotropium therapy improved lung function, quality of life, and exacerbations among COPD patients during a four-year period….

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EFFORTS Newsletter for December 2008

The EFFORTS December Newsletter is now available by following This Link. Edited by Joan Esposito, this month’s issue is once again filled with valuable information. Please be sure to take the time to read the newsletter, then visit EFFORTS main website for more articles and the opportunity to become an EFFORTS member. This month’s newsletter…

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Friday’s COPD Newsletter from COPD Support, Inc.

Volume 9, Issue 2 December 12, 2008 Joan Costello, Editor FDA ADVISORS RECOMMEND REJECTION OF AIRWAY VALVE FOR EMPHYSEMA By Emily P. Walker: An FDA advisory panel recommended against agency approval of a first-of-its-kind one-way airway valve for emphysema patients, a device billed as a noninvasive substitute for lung volume-reduction surgery. By an 11-2 vote,…

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Internet Drug Coupons – hundreds of downloadable coupons with no need to buy or join anything

Definitely worth checking out – visit this site for discount coupons on prescription and non prescription medications. You don’t have to join anything, there is no fee, just read the Frequently Asked Questions section before you begin to print the coupons and follow the instructions there. One important thing to remember – drug coupons and…

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FDA Teams With WebMD For New Online Consumer Health Information

New Partnership to Inform and Educate Tens of Millions of Americans The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and WebMD today announced a collaboration that expands consumers’ access to the agency’s timely and reliable important health information. This joint effort reflects the FDA’s emphasis on using innovative, technology-based strategies to carry out its foremost mission, which…

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COPD – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Information from the National Institutes of Health – http://www.nih.gov Yesterday • COPD was much less common than it is today. • Six times as many men as women died of COPD. • The term COPD was not used as widely as it is today. Doctors were more likely to tell their patients that they had…

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Tuesday’s Tune

Originally ‘Perhaps Love’ words and music by John Denver Adapted by Ann Lornie, EFFORTS Executive Board Perhaps EFFORTS is a resting place A shelter from the storm It exists to give us comfort It is there to keep us warm And in those times of trouble When we are most alone The members here will…

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