• Some Christmas Gift Suggestions!
  • Frontline Advice for COPD Patients, by James T. Good and Thomas L. Petty is now in second printing. The first issue of 100 thousand was exhausted, but it still remains in high demand. This 125-page book, written in language that all patients can understand, is available on line from www.xlibris.com for $17.84 for a paperback and $27.89 for the hard cover edition. At www.amazon.com you have your choice of new or slightly used books starting at $15.73 as of this writing.

  • Onyx 9500 Pulse Oximeter
  • The Nonin Onyx 9500 Pulse Oximeter can be ordered from www.portableneb.com for $264.95 with free delivery and a 2-year warrantee. Call 1.888.225.2509 for information. This is the oximeter used in many hospitals and doctors' offices. In addition to tracking your oxygen saturation you may find it a good biofeedback device for monitoring your breathing techniques.

  • Cruise
  • Looking for something more luxurious? A Neiman Marcus type of gift? Well, consider this. Jim Barnett, RRT still has some cabins available for his 10-day Inland Passage Cruse to Alaska for those with pulmonary problems. He already has about 40 of his patients signed up but there is lots of room left if you want to join this fun loving, sociable and friendly group. They are sailing from San Francisco on The Regal Princess, June 15th, 2006. Call Jim at 1.877.280.2777 for further information.

  • What is coming up next year?
  • Have you heard of the In-X? Dr. Petty tells us that its system involves any 5 lpm or greater ordinary concentrator that diverts one liter per minute of oxygen flow to a cryocooler. The cryocooler uses the principle of heat of compression. This heat is dissipated so that the contents are cooled. Liquid oxygen is therefore produced in the home! You can fill ANY liquid system with it. It can provide continuous flow of 0.05 to 3 lpm even while trans-filling and it can transfill three In-X strollers a day, thus providing up to 16 hours of mobility. In-X is in the process of selling to a major, well-known company for wide distribution. This could eliminate home deliveries and revolutionize LTOT. It is a real breakthrough, though not yet perfect. Other alternative methods of making liquid oxygen in the home are also under development. This is some pretty exciting stuff, folks, so stay tuned for further developments!
  • Next May 18 to19, 2006, CSPR (California Society of Pulmonary Rehabilitation) will hold its annual conference in San Diego, two days before ATS. If you are a health care professional save this date and make plans now. These two days will be crammed with information on what is new in pulmonary rehab. Some of internationally renowned guest speakers already confirmed will include Richard Casaburi, PhD, MD, Brian Tiep, MD, Barry Make, MD, Francois Maltais MD, Thierry Troosters , MD and Attila Somfay, MD, PhD. This exciting conference will only be $185 for both days! Our reserved rooms are only $130 a night. Budget for it now and plan to come to beautiful San Diego to network with other health care professionals dedicated to pulmonary rehab!

  • 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.