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  This headline quickly became viral.  Unlike some less conclusive research, this was published in JAMA, one of the worlds’ most highly respected Medical journals. It studied nearly 17,000 women in the US-based Women’s Health Study. Many readers have been pleased to learn they don’t have to figure out some way to squeeze 10,000 steps into an already busy schedule. 4,400 is much more doable.  Women in the study who were physical
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a progressive disease of the lungs that causes shortness of breath. This debilitating disease literally takes your breath away and causes shortness of breath while it causes constant changes in breathing. In this country alone, 160,000 people die from the disease each year. With a noticeable number of cases in rural America, COPD has become a health disparity in economically deprived rural areas.
By Mary Burns, RN, BS Asst. Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, UCLA (ret) Executive Vice President, PERF Alvin Grancell has served as Vice-President of PERF since its origin in 1984. He will be 100 years old May 28th. That is a very special event, of course, but why are we writing about it in a blog? Because Alvin has been very special in other ways that may have impacted your life also. Let me tell you some of this wonderful story. M
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  How do you know if you what you’re feeling is a cold or allergy symptoms? A cold is caused by a virus while an allergy is an immune system reaction. Both cause discomfort and affect the respiratory system through the lungs, nose, and throat. However, a cold virus and an airborne allergen can cause different symptoms. What are the symptoms of a cold and how do I treat it? The cause of the common cold is a virus. Unfortunately, a comm
Two new studies are gearing up at LA BioMed for IPF patients to begin mid-2019. “There are some small hints in the scientific literature that exercise training, as part of a pulmonary rehabilitation program, might help to slow the rapid decline in lung function seen in some IPF patients.” - Principal Investigator, Dr. Harry Rossiter. PERF board members, Dr. William Stringer and Dr. Harry Rossiter hope to identify whether reducing inflammati