Category: Other Resources

The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD Committee) has released its 2018 edition of the Pocket Guide to COPD Diagnosis, Management and Prevention: A Guide for Health Care Professionals. Click on the image below to access the report from their website. Access to the report is free, but please note that the report is copyrighted. If you wish to print or distribute paper copies of the report, click here to contact the GOLD C
Although cigarette smoking is on the decline, it remains the leading cause of preventable disease in the U.S. More than 480,000 deaths every year are due to cigarette smoking. The rates of cigarette smoking remain highest among young adults ages 18 to 24, people with lower levels of education, those whose incomes are below the poverty level, and some races and ethnicities. In fact, among high school students, tobacco and nicotine use is growing b
In last week’s post, we reported on the relationship of BMI, or body mass index, to mortality rates in COPD patients. Here’s how to figure out your own BMI: Weigh Yourself Step on a scale and determine your weight. Convert Your Height to Inches Instead of “Feet and Inches” Convert your height from “feet and inches” into just “inches.” For example, if you’re 5 feet 10 inches tall, your height in inches is (5 feet X 12 in
Dry mouth is one of the less dramatic symptoms that COPD patients sometimes experience, but it is uncomfortable and disruptive nevertheless, especially when it’s severe enough to interrupt your sleep. The technical word for dry mouth is xerostomia. It can wake you up with the feeling that your tongue, mouth, and throat are completely dried out, making it difficult to swallow. During the day, it might be less severe, but the effect can still ca
Many people believe that only children have asthma, or that if you have asthma, you eventually outgrow it. But that’s not true, says Susan Janson, Ph.D. Many adults have the disease and are chronically affected by its classic symptoms: wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness of the chest. Dr. Janson’s Rules of Advice for Dealing With Your Asthma Don’t ignore the signs of an asthma attack, and don’t think that your symptoms will