Dec 31, 2018 PERF Monthly Newsletter – December 2018
Annual Report and Request for Your Support
We send our best wishes for the holiday season. We hope your year has been happy and healthy. As has been our tradition, this is the time of year we update you on our work on behalf of COPD patients and ask for your support going forward.
The holiday season is a good time for reflection on our successes and failures. The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation (PERF) has been in existence for about 34 years. We’ve focused on improving the lives of those with COPD and other lung diseases and its worthwhile considering what kind of report card we’d give ourselves.
5 Things to Consider – Other Than Diet – To Help You Lose Weight
It might seem kind of cruel to publish an article about losing weight right when we’re all enjoying traditional holiday meals and festivities.
But that’s the point of this article. Real and lasting weight loss isn’t about denying yourself the pleasures of good food. It’s about understanding yourself and living a healthy lifestyle that you enjoy and that also promotes fitness and keeps your weight within a reasonable range.
So how does one practice this voodoo magic?
The Signs of Pneumonia and How to Avoid Getting It
Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in the lungs and causes a cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. The disease can be mild or serious; even life-threatening.
What Are the Signs That You Have Pneumonia as Opposed to a Cold or Flu?
Mild pneumonia may cause symptoms that are much like a cold or flu, but they last longer. Other more recognizable symptoms of pneumonia include:
- Chest pain with coughing or even paid with just breathing
- Confusion, especially in adults 65 or older
- A cough that produces phlegm
- Fever, sweats, and chills
- Lower than normal body temperature
- Persistent fever above 102 degrees
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Shortness of breath
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor, especially if you’re over 65, or have an underlying health condition or weakened immune system.