Tuesday’s COPD Tune

note from Karen: I know I said I’d be taking a break until April 1, but how could I stay away and miss Tuesday’s Tune? Tuesday’s Tune is brought to you by the creative efforts of EFFORTS Vice President Ann Lornie Thanks to Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes – “Up Where We Belong” Dedicated to…

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Eating, Swallowing and COPD

Patients with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exhibit a disordered breathing-swallowing pattern that may account for their higher risk of aspiration pneumonia, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh. In the first issue for April of the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Roxann Diez…

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Ask An Eye M.D. Free Public Service

(NAPSI) As part of its EyeSmart campaign to empower Americans to take charge of their eye health, the American Academy of Ophthalmology launched “Ask an Eye M.D.,” a new online service through which the public can submit questions about their eyes to a panel of ophthalmologists. “The Ask an Eye M.D. service will supplement the…

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Prescription For Health: A Dose Of Exercise

(NAPSI) Here’s a statistic that might get you off the couch. Forty percent of U.S. adults-82.5 million people-are physically inactive. That’s why a nationwide effort is underway to get Americans moving. Launched by the American College of Sports Medicine in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, the program is called Exercise is Medicine (EIM) and the…

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Are You Considering Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil, alpha-linolenic acid supplements for COPD?

Find the information you need on this page from the National Institutes of Health Dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fish oil and certain plant/nut oils. Fish oil contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), while some nuts (e.g., English walnuts) and vegetable oils (e.g., canola, soybean, flaxseed/linseed, and olive oil) contain…

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The American Dietetic Association has published evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines for registered dietitians on treatment of heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Both guidelines are available on ADA’s Evidence Analysis Library, www.adaevidencelibrary.com, which analyzes and summarizes the results of the best available research and offers recommendations for RDs to follow in their treatment of clients and patients. The intent of ADA’s guidelines is to support the integration of evidence-based dietetics practice and improve the quality of care….

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Tuesday’s COPD Tune

from the creative efforts of EFFORTS Vice President, Ann Lornie – with thanks to Dolly Parton and 9 to 5 Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen; [Is my Spiriva causing this itchin’] And yawn, and stretch, and try to come alive. Stomp to the shower, and the blood starts pumping; Worried ’bout…

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COPDGene Study reached 3,000!

Established in April 2007, the COPD Research Registry began its presumably slow journey to recruiting individuals with COPD to support the COPDGene Study—a study that was awarded $37 million by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to conduct a genome-wise association analysis to to identify the primary genes that determine why some individuals…

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Sunday Service – Healing Gardens

from The Green Mountain Gardener Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor University of Vermont Whether tending to a houseplant, growing some flowers, or turning an outdoor garden space into a serene and relaxing retreat, plants have the power to heal our body and our soul. The National Garden Bureau provides some examples on how we might…

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HHS Issues Special Report on Health Reform and Launches New healthreform.gov Web Site

American People Say Health Care System is Broken, Highlight Need for Action This Year on Health Reform Americans expressed serious concerns regarding health care in a new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services. The report, Americans Speak on Health Reform: Report on Health Care Community Discussions, summarizes comments from the…

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Friday’s Newsletter from COPD Support, Inc.

Volume 9, Issue 16 March 20, 2009 Joan Costello, Editor 10 SECRETS YOU SHOULD NOT KEEP FROM YOUR DOCTOR By Elizabeth Cohen: From finances to sex, bathroom habits to spousal relationships, herbs to illicit drugs, here are 10 things about which you should always be open with your doctor. Don’t hide from your doctor the…

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Genetics Linked to COPD in Smokers

Genetic variation may explain why some long-term smokers develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) while others don’t. In a case-control study, five variants in the gene ADAM33, a gene previously linked to asthma, were significantly associated with COPD, according to Eugene Bleecker, M.D., of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, and colleagues. More research is…

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Task Force Recommends Using Aspirin To Prevent Cardiovascular Disease When the Benefits Outweigh the Harms

Patients and clinicians should consider risk factors—including age, gender, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking and risk of gastrointestinal bleeding—before deciding whether to use aspirin to prevent heart attacks or strokes, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. These recommendations do not apply to people who have already had a heart…

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National Patient Advocate Foundation praises Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT) for introducing the “Preexisting Exclusion Patient Protection Act of 2009.”

This act will protect Americans at risk of being denied health insurance coverage as a result of preexisting conditions. Nancy Davenport-Ennis, President and CEO of NPAF, stated, “NPAF is proud to join Senator Rockefeller and Representative Courtney in taking up the cause of the millions of Americans with chronic illness and little or no access…

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How To Complain—And Get Heard – Navigating the Health Care System – Advice Columns from Dr. Carolyn Clancy

How To Complain—And Get Heard. Navigating the Health Care System: Advice Columns from Dr. Carolyn Clancy, March 17, 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/cc/cc031709.htm Whether it’s a car repair that didn’t fix the problem or a bad meal in a restaurant, many of us don’t hesitate to complain. Making our voices…

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