• NEWS FROM RUSSIA AND NORWAY
  • Dr. Audhild Hjalmarsen emails that she just returned from an excellent pulmonary conference in Moscow with 70 Norwegian and 200 Russian pulmonologists. Dr. Olga Baranova is planning to start a pulmonary rehab program for her sarcoidosis patients in St. Petersburg. She has a colleague, Dr. Irina Sarembo, who is working with their COPD patients and now has 10 patients receiving LTOT (long term oxygen therapy), thanks to the oxygen concentrators they have gotten from Norway. Another young physician from St. Petersburg was very interested in smoking cessation and had lots of question for Dr. David Sachs of Palo Alto who gave a day of his time to this group informing them about the important topic of smoking cessation. Dr. Elmira Zilber is working hard to create her own model of a pulmonary rehab program that suits the circumstances in Karelia, Russsia. They have received money from Norway to spend on this project. The Polarmed Ltd. Company has donated another 5 used oxygen concentrators that Audhild will bring the next time she goes to Russia in October.
  • Back in Tromso, Dr. Hjalmarsen is involved in several research studies involving their maintenance program, including one on nicotine replacement/bupropion for their heavy smokers. Wow! Are we impressed! Once these dedicated doctors get an idea they go full steam ahead. The progress made in Russia in such a short time is truly amazing. We congratulate all of them and wish them the greatest continued success.
  • AND FROM HUNGARY...
  • More good news! Dr. Attila Somfay emails that he is giving a report to their National Congress on Pulmonology on his early efforts to promote nationwide spirometry aiming at early screening for COPD. He wants to give credit to Dr. Tom Petty for promoting this. He also attended the 6th Finnish - Estonian - Hungarian Conference of Pulmonology in Helsinki, Finland where he lectured on pulmonary rehab in Hungary. He mentioned the collaboration with Harbor-UCLA and our visit to Deszk, Hungary last September. He also showed pictures of the Nonin oximeter we gave him last September being used in their pulmonary rehab. (Thanks again to the Nonin Company for their donation that made this possible!) Attila is justifiably proud of the rehab program he now has, which is based on his experience doing research here at Harbor-UCLA. He said that the Finns have started a program, but it is only 2 weeks long.
  • We are so pleased to share with you the progress that has been made in the early detection of COPD, and patient rehabilitation, thanks to the efforts of our good friend, Attila. It is inspiring to work with yet another dedicated physician, and to know that this help for COPD is now becoming global. It is wonderful to be involved in international cooperation with people of good will, in programs that are really helping people.
  • Isn't it nice to hear some good world news for a change?

  • DONATIONS
  • We appreciate all donations that come in but were especially pleased with the very generous donation for education and research sent by the Second Wind Group. They tell us they are a small group of about 50-60 people with various types of lung disease, but mostly COPD. This Second Wind Group is sponsored by Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Indiana, founded in 1993 and continuing to flourish. Thanks, folks!
  • And very special thanks go to John Boynton who again has sent in a quarterly donation.
  • Isn't it nice to hear some good world news for a change?

  • NEW SEARCH TOOL (free from GOOGLE) on PERF Website
  • Do you try to find articles on something specific but don't know were to start? Go to the front page of our website (http://www.perf2ndwind.org) and look at the very bottom of the page. Type in the word what you want to look up, e.g. oximeters. Click the SEARCH button and it will list all the references we have. Want more information? Click the radio button for "WWW" and Google will search for anything else available on the Web. Try it the next time you are on line. It is really neat!

  • Do you have a question about respiratory disease that has been bothering you? If so, feel free to write and ask us, either through our web site or by mail. We answer all of your letters.