• News In Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Are you a health care professional interested in a seminar on pulmonary rehabilitation? Join us at the California Society for Pulmonary Rehabilitation (CSPR) annual meeting April 22-23 at the Long Beach Hilton, in Long Beach, California. You will hear internationally renowned physicians like Dr. Rich Casaburi, but also meet physicians from Norway, Russia, Japan and Hungary, who will be joining us for an exchange of ideas. For fun mixed with science don't miss Dr. Greg Mason's talk on "Pulmonary Pachyderm Mysteries, TB or not TB" or Dr. Bill Stringer on "Mozart and Medicine". Come network with a great group! For more information, call Jim Barnett toll free at (877) 280-2777. Don't miss this meeting!
  • The pulmonary rehab community has lost a very special friend. Jo-Von Tucker, poster "girl" for the Helios and co-author of that wonderful book "Courage and Information for Life with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease" has died from the complications of COPD and diabetes. She was Mary's dinner partner at the Washington COPD meeting so her death a few weeks later was even more sadly felt. It would require several pages to list all of her achievements before and after she developed COPD. At the 2001 COPD/emphysema program in Norwalk, CT, she received an award as "the COPD patient who has done more for COPD patients than any other patient in the nation." It can't be said any better. We will miss you, Jo-Von.
  • Toll Free Hotline for Air Travelers with Disability.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation asked us to distribute the following information: For education, or for help in resolving disability-related air travel problems, call 1-800-778-4836 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. EST. While there was a menu with options for different kinds of problems, we were unable to connect with a "live" person when we tried out this number. This may have been because we had no specific complaint to resolve so, if you have a problem, give it a try. You may also email airconsumer@ost.dot.gov
    or postal mail to:
    Aviation Consumer Protective Division
    U.S. Department of Transportation
    400 7th Street, S.W.Washington, DC 20590
  • Dr. Tom Petty has won another prestigious award to add to his large collection. In November, he became this year's Jimmy A. Young Medallist when his achievements were acknowledged by the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC). Congratulations Dr. Petty, for another well deserved award!
  • Did you make the usual New Year resolution to do something about your weight? It might help that resolution if you know what your BMI is. What is BMI? That stands for body mass index and is what doctors use to gauge whether or not you are overweight or obese. Being too thin is of great concern when you are a pulmonary patient, but being too heavy can also have a negative impact on your breathing. You may only need a mirror to tell you in which category you belong, but there is now a shortcut formula that you can use to determine this more accurately. Multiply your weight (in pounds) by 705; divide the result by your height (in inches); then divide again by your height. This will give you your BMI. A "normal" or healthy range is between 18.5 and 24.9. Being between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight; 30 and above is called obesity; 18.5 or less and you are too thin. If you are a muscle bound weight lifter, you may have a BMI of 25 and still not be overweight since muscles weigh more than fat. Another caution! As we get older, we literally shrink. Don't use the height that you had in high school! If you haven't had your height checked recently, be sure to do so at your next physician visit. You may be surprised.
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  • Until next time, stay well!

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