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COPD and Genetics: Genes That Could Increase Your Risk

Smoking is one of the primary reasons people get chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung diseases. However, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests your genetics may play a role as well.  I’m Dr. Perry at Lung Health Institute,...
The Benefits of Music for People With COPD

The Benefits of Music for People With COPD

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or another chronic lung condition, creating and listening to music can be a healthy and fun activity for you. In particular, singing and playing a wind instrument (like the flute, harmonica, saxophone, clarinet,...
3 Benefits Smoothies Offer to COPD Patients

3 Benefits Smoothies Offer to COPD Patients

You may have heard that smoothies can be good for you, but chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients may not believe this is true for them. Hi, I’m Russell Winwood the COPD Athlete, and today, I’d like to let my fellow COPD patients know about 3 benefits...
Preparing for Allergy Season With a Chronic Lung Disease

Preparing for Allergy Season With a Chronic Lung Disease

It’s no wonder you hear a lot of sneezing during allergy season; the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) estimates that 50 million Americans suffer from some type of allergy every year.  For patients with chronic lung diseases, allergies can be...
Don’t Let Yourself Be Fooled by These 3 COPD Myths

Don’t Let Yourself Be Fooled by These 3 COPD Myths

As a registered nurse, I know there’s a lot of information about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) out there on the internet. Many patients rely on this information, and it can be helpful if the source is reliable. In general, it’s a good idea for COPD...
The Cost of Cellular Therapy vs. Traditional Treatments

The Cost of Cellular Therapy vs. Traditional Treatments

In 2010, the CDC reported that the national health care cost of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) equaled $32.1 billion. That number was projected to rise to $49 billion by 2020. If you suffer from chronic lung disease, you are already familiar with how...
The Relationship Between Anxiety and COPD

The Relationship Between Anxiety and COPD

When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it’s normal to have anxiety too. One common COPD symptom is breathlessness, which can be terrifying to experience. Here, we discuss the complex relationship between COPD and anxiety.  What Is the Relationship...
Preparing for a Hurricane With Chronic Lung Disease

Preparing for a Hurricane With Chronic Lung Disease

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season started June 1, and it will last until November 30. If you suffer from chronic lung disease and live in a hurricane-prone city, early preparation is essential. Luckily, approaching hurricanes give plenty of warning, which allows you...
3 Activities COPD Patients Can Do at the Beach

3 Activities COPD Patients Can Do at the Beach

Russell Winwood, here, and for those of you who don’t know me, I’m the man people refer to as the COPD athlete. As a native of Australia, I’ve spent my fair share of time at the beach, and I still enjoy a good beach day now that I have chronic obstructive pulmonary...
Physical Side Effects of COPD Medications

Physical Side Effects of COPD Medications

If you suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chances are you are taking at least one medication for it. The purpose of taking COPD medications is to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. However, these strong drugs come with many...
3 Ways to Manage COPD in Hot Weather

3 Ways to Manage COPD in Hot Weather

Hello there, my Northern Hemisphere friends. It’s Russell Winwood the COPD athlete, and I want to talk about some hot weather tips. Even though it’s currently winter in Australia where I live, there are many chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients for...
Tomatoes and Lung Health Go Hand in Hand

Tomatoes and Lung Health Go Hand in Hand

Just think about how great a juicy, ripe tomato tastes. This delicacy is especially tasty during their normal summertime harvest period. What you may not know is that tomatoes are a food that can help your lung health. One study reported that each extra daily serving...
An Overview of the Respiratory System

An Overview of the Respiratory System

Breathing is a natural function of the body, and we breathe anywhere from 12 to 16 breaths a minute without consciously thinking about it. However, inside our bodies, there is a whole system of parts that work together seamlessly to create every breath. If chronic...
3 Benefits NAC Supplements Can Have for COPD Patients

3 Benefits NAC Supplements Can Have for COPD Patients

Supplements may help you if you have a chronic lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although there are several supplements that COPD patients can take, n-acetyl cysteine (NAC) can be particularly beneficial. In fact, there are 3 specific...
How to Prepare for the Fourth of July With Lung Disease

How to Prepare for the Fourth of July With Lung Disease

If you have chronic lung disease, you can still enjoy backyard parties, fireworks and barbecues with family and friends this Fourth of July. With a little preparation, you can decrease your risk of flare-ups during the festivities.  Several Fourth of July activities...

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