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Ozone Therapy: Is it Good or Bad?

Ozone (O3) therapy is a type of alternative medicine that claims to increase the amount of oxygen in the body through the introduction of ozone. Although O3 has many damaging effects, some researchers believe it has many therapeutic effects, as well. So why isn’t ozone therapy more widely utilized? Is it because we frequently equate […]

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What is Central Sleep Apnea?

Central sleep apnea (CSA) is a type of sleep disorder that causes your breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. It’s associated with significant complications, including frequent nighttime awakenings, excessive daytime sleepiness and an increased risk of problems associated with the heart and circulatory system.[1] If you suspect you or a loved one has central […]

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What is Bronchogenic Carcinoma?

The term “bronchogenic carcinoma” seems to have evolved over the years. Historically, it was used to define certain types of lung cancer that originated in the bronchi (largest air passages in the lungs) and bronchioles (smallest air passages in the lungs). At present, the term is used interchangeably to describe any type, or subtype, of […]

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What Causes Pleuritic Chest Pain?

Pleuritic chest pain is caused by inflammation of the pleura – the tissues that surround the lungs and line the inner chest wall.[1] This type of chest pain is characterized by sudden and intense sharp, stabbing, or burning pain in the chest when inhaling and exhaling. It’s exacerbated by sneezing, coughing, deep breathing or laughing.[2] […]

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What is Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis?

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, also known as extrinsic allergic alveolitis or allergic alveolitis, is a rare immune system disorder of the lungs caused by exposure to dust and other substances found in the environment.  These substances trigger an immune response in the lungs that causes short or long-term inflammation, primarily in a part of the lungs called […]

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When Might a Lung Biopsy be Necessary?

A lung biopsy is a medical procedure performed to remove a sample of tissue from the lungs to determine the presence of lung disease or lung cancer. The procedure is done using an open or closed method. Closed biopsies are performed through the skin or trachea (windpipe) while open biopsies are done in the operating […]

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What is Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation?

Similar to the heart-lung bypass machine used in open heart surgery, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an advanced life-support device that pumps and oxygenates a patient’s blood outside the body, permitting the heart and lungs to rest. When connected to the ECMO machine, your blood flows through tubing to an artificial lung inside the machine […]

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Defining Oxygenation and What it Means for Your Health

Oxygenation can be defined as the addition of oxygen to any chemical or physical system, including the human body. It’s a word also used to describe interventions that provide a greater oxygen supply to the lungs and circulatory system. Adequate oxygenation is essential for maintaining optimal health and vitality. When illness occurs and oxygen status […]

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