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Inogen Travel: Muir Woods

If you want to see the exact spot where earth kisses the sky, it’s in a little wooded grove just north of the red golden gate. This primal forest has been a federally protected National Monument since 1908, but it’s genesis began long before. It’s truly a majestic ecosystem of gigantic proportions! Wooded crowns reach […]

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What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is an incurable lung disease in which fibrosis, or scarring, occurs in the lungs making them thick and stiff. As lung tissue thickens, the lungs have difficulty moving oxygen into your bloodstream, resulting in a decreased amount of oxygen to your brain and other organs. Sometimes doctors can determine what’s causing […]

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Happy Falls Prevention Awareness Day!

Happy First Day of Fall! The Fall Equinox falls on September 22 and on this day, we observe Falls Prevention Awareness Day.  Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+, so on this day we encourage you to educate yourself and those you love on how to decrease the […]

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Airway Oxygen: How Oxygen Moves Through the Airways of Your Body

Breathing. It’s something that most of us take for granted. But understanding how oxygen-rich air enters your lungs where it’s exchanged for carbon dioxide is an important part of living with COPD. Let’s take a tour of the respiratory system so you can see how it works. The Respiratory System The respiratory system is composed […]

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9 Emergency Preparedness Tips for People with POCs

Hurricane Irma has been deemed the most intense hurricane to hit the Atlantic since Dean in 2007. Although it may have been downgraded to a tropical storm earlier this week, it left an estimated 16 million Floridians without power, some indefinitely. For most people, power outages are a mere inconvenience. But for people who are […]

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What is Respiratory Acidosis?

Respiratory acidosis is a serious medical condition in which abnormally slow breathing (hypoventilation) increases the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood, causing the pH (acid-base balance) of the blood, and other bodily fluids, to become too acidic. How the Body Tries to Restore Balance An important property of any solution, including blood, is […]

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Understanding COPD Exacerbations

When dealing with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), certain flair ups akin to that of an asthma attack, can occur that can cause varying levels of stress to the body ranging from noisy heavy breathing to harm requiring hospitalization. These events are referred to medically as “exacerbations” to a pre-existing COPD ailment and are known […]

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Summer Foods to Include in a COPD Diet

As temperatures soar around the country, there’s no better time to stock up on fresh summer produce and other wholesome, in-season foods to include in your COPD diet. Experts agree that a high consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of many chronic (ongoing) illnesses, including COPD.[1] What’s more, a healthy […]

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Interstitial Lung Disease: What is ILD?

The term interstitial lung disease (ILD) refers to a broad range of progressive lung disorders characterized by inflammation and scarring of the lungs. Interstitial lung diseases affect the interstitium, the lace-like network of tissue between and supporting the microscopic alveoli (air sacs). The interstitium is filled with tiny blood vessels that allow for gas exchange […]

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