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JULY 2018 Here is a roundup of the articles, news & updates that we've published on the PERF blog site during the past month. Click on the "Read More" link at the bottom of each excerpt to read the full article. [column-group][column] Weight Training with COPD [Editor’s Note: Following is a reprint of an article published a number of years ago on the PERF website.] By Tom Storer, Ph.D.  Hello from the Strength Lab. Last tim
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) isn’t a “one-symptom” disease. It used to be thought that COPD was mainly a function of airflow limitation; now it’s well accepted that the disease is made up of a combination of causes and symptoms. Airflow limitation, represented by a measurement called FEV1, used to be the main tool for assessing COPD. Now, not only is FEV1 measured, but also imaging is studied, especially CT (Micro X-ray Co
You can’t prevent flowers from blooming, but if you have allergies, you’d probably love to be able to do just that sometimes. Too bad you can’t, but there are ways you can reduce your exposure to allergy triggers. Try these tactics next time allergy season rolls around: Tips to Avoid Allergens Stay indoors on dry, windy days. Enjoy going outside after there’s been a good rain; pollen counts will be lowest at that time. Don’t
You might have heard that former first lady Barbara Bush opted, at the end of her life, to stop receiving curative-focused medical care. She made the decision to return home, where she would receive comfort care. What does comfort care mean, exactly? Broadly speaking, comfort care consists of the administration of drugs or other treatments that focus on pain relief, symptom control, and maintaining or enhancing quality of life. Two well-known
[Editor’s Note: Following is a reprint of an article published a number of years ago on the PERF website.] By Tom Storer, Ph.D.  Hello from the Strength Lab. Last time, we talked about the value of resistance exercise training (weight training) for pulmonary patients as part of a comprehensive program of pulmonary rehabilitation. This follow-up presents more on strength training, specifically the considerations in structuring a resistanc