PERF Monthly Newsletter – April 2017

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APRIL 2017

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.

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Life Hacks For The COPD Patient: 8 Ways To Eat To Help With Your COPD

We write frequently in this blog about ways you can improve your quality of life as you deal with COPD, and today we’re going to talk about nutrition as one area you can improve in order to lead a healthier, stronger life. Here are 8 eating and drinking practices you can work on adopting. In future articles, we’ll share more tips in other areas of your life that will help you deal with your COPD.

1) Junk Food and Snacks

We all know that highly processed foods and foods high in sugar are not good for our heath, but they’re especially damaging to people dealing with an energy-draining disease such as COPD. People with COPD need all the high-quality nutrients they can get to help maintain health and strength. The problem is, junk foods pose a tremendous challenge for people trying to give them up.

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LA BioMed To Honor Richard Casaburi At Annual Gala May 4

Every year LA BioMed honors a select group of innovative scientists at its Annual Gala, and this year they’re recognizing PERF President Dr. Richard Casaburi as one of three scientists receiving honors.

Dr. Casaburi is founder of the Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center at LA BioMed, and his and his colleagues’ work has led to the discovery of innovative therapies through exercise and other muscle-directed interventions that improve the quality of life for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients.

…Read more



A Treasure Trove of Patient Resources & Fact Sheets – In English and Other Languages

We suggest you bookmark the following website for those days when you’re in the mood to broaden your understanding of COPD, or seek answers to specific questions, or learn about the latest in research and treatments. The American Thoracic Society maintains a treasure trove of information under the simple heading of “Patient Resources,” in which you can find information on a large list of COPD-related topics, including:

  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Air Pollution
  • Asthma
  • Breathlessness
  • – and more…

…Read more


Pulmonary Hypertension – A Young Woman’s Disease

This interesting video produced by The American Health Journal talks about a life-threatening condition that affects mostly young women: pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Ronald J. Oudiz of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, an expert on the disease, discusses the curious nature of this condition that typically develops in young women around the age of 30, usually for reasons unknown. The ratio of women to men who develop pulmonary hypertension is 4 to 1, but luckily the incidence of the disease is rare: 1 to 2 people in a million, although those with autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma or lupus erythematosus are up to 10 times as likely to develop it.

One young patient, Tiffany, talks about her disease and how it started.

…Watch the video



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