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Knowing Lung Age May Help You Quit Smoking

How Old Are Your Lungs? Knowing Lung Age May Help You Quit Smoking According to the Journal of Family Practice, knowing your lung age can help you quit smoking. In fact, a study published in 2008 suggests that for every 14 smokers who are told their lung age and shown a graphic diagram depicting the […]

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7 Tips for Relieving Seasonal Allergies

7 Tips for Relieving Seasonal Allergies Ah, spring is in the air and if you’re one of the millions of Americans with seasonal allergies, blooming lilac and budding rosebushes aren’t the only thing you have to look forward to this season. The unpleasant symptoms of seasonal allergies – itchy, watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, […]

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Combination Therapy Works Best in COPD

Combination Therapy Works Best in COPD Using the best scientific information available, the guidelines for COPD treatment were updated in January, 2015, by the Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD).  Although much has changed since the first GOLD report in 2001, one factor has stood the test of time: improving symptoms, reducing the frequency […]

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Healthy Diet May Lower Risk of Lung Disease

Healthy Diet May Lower Risk of Lung Disease Good news! New research suggests that cutting down on red and processed meats, refined foods, and sugar-sweetened drinks, and loading up on whole grains, polyunsaturated fats, and nuts may lower your risk of chronic lung disease.  Although COPD treatment efforts should continue to focus on smoking cessation, […]

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Priming and Cleaning Your Metered Dose Inhaler

Priming and Cleaning Your Metered Dose Inhaler Metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) are devices that deliver medication directly into your lungs, including relief medications such as albuterol or Proventil, and maintenance medications such as Flovent or QVAR. Used correctly, an MDI inhaler helps control symptoms so you can breathe easier. Correct Usage Using an MDI correctly is […]

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How to Care for Your Nebulizer

How to Care for Your Nebulizer A nebulizer transforms liquid medication into mist, allowing it to be inhaled directly into the lungs. Nebulizer treatments can be used for immediate relief of symptoms, or for maintenance, to help control symptoms. Breathing treatments through a nebulizer are particularly effective for delivering: asthma medication to infants and children […]

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8 Ways to Rid Your Home of Allergens

8 Ways to Rid Your Home of Allergens If you’re one of the millions of Americans with seasonal allergies, you may think that staying indoors during allergy season will protect you from allergens. Not true! The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) reports that indoor allergens can be just as hazardous, making ridding your […]

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10 Ways to Stay Active without Exercising

10 Ways to Stay Active without Exercising Most adults spend the majority of their waking hours either sitting or performing low-intensity activities.[1] Experts say that prolonged, sedentary behaviors such as watching TV, playing computer or console games, working at your home or office desk, and riding in automobiles increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, […]

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Frequently Asked Questions about COPD

Frequently Asked Questions about COPD You’ve just left your doctor’s office after being told you have COPD. You’re likely to be experiencing a number of different emotions right now ranging from confusion, to fear, to more confusion. Once you arrive home, you realize you were so overwhelmed by the diagnosis, you forgot to ask important […]

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Is it a Cold or the Flu? Understanding the Differences

Is it a Cold or the Flu? Understanding the Differences Is that stuffy head, runny nose, and nagging cough the result of a cold or the flu? The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases warns us that, while both share similar symptoms, it’s important to understand their differences to avoid complications.1 Symptoms of the […]

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