Wall-to-Wall Asthma


Before the 1950’s, carpets were made of either wool or cotton.  Then nylon was developed, and it soon dominated the market because it was much less expensive than natural fibers.  In 1965, manufacturers introduced polyester carpeting, then olefin, rayon, and acrylics.  Today, the vast majority of carpeting is made of synthetic fibers. Since indoor air quality is important to health, we should know that carpets, flooring adhesives, and carpet cleaning products affect the quality of the indoor air we breathe […]

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How Healthcare Providers Take Care of You: Big Changes Are Coming!


Big changes are coming to the way healthcare providers take care of you!  Beginning October 1, Medicare will penalize hospitals if patients are readmitted for the same problem within 30 days of their discharge.  This new rule specifically applies to patients admitted for COPD, congestive heart failure (CHF), and myocardial infarction (MI), and is already in effect for pneumonia. Dedicated Respiratory Therapists have always had patients’ best interests at heart.  Hospitals, however, are paid to take care of sick people, and […]

Trying to Stop Smoking? Chantix is Different from Everything Else You Might Have Tried


Tobacco use is still the most preventable cause of death, killing nearly half a million Americans every year.  About one out of every five Americans still smoke, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco, is considered as addictive as heroin, and most people who “kick the habit” try to quit several times before they finally succeed.  Research shows that the combination of counseling and medication used to treat nicotine addiction is the most successful […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Sleep Disorders


Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can have lasting consequences on thinking, ability to function and work, and quality of life.  Fifty percent of those with TBI develop sleep apnea, insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, and other sleep problems.  Difficulty sleeping can interfere with recovery, making rehabilitation and healing more difficult.  When people with TBI get poor sleep, it dramatically worsens their thinking, memory, and attention, and increases their risk of dementia. The two most common sleep problems in TBI are sleep apnea […]

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What Do Nasal Allergies and Asthma Have in Common?


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It is uncertain what causes some people to have nasal allergies and asthma. We are still learning what is going on in the body when people have either of these conditions. But we do know that allergies and asthma have a lot in common. Nasal allergies occur in the “upper airways” (the nose, sinus cavities, and throat), while asthma occurs in the “lower airways” (the lungs). Though the locations are different, allergies and asthma appear to cause the same sorts […]

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Who Needs a Patient Advocate?


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A nurse at high risk for breast cancer called to make an appointment for her annual preventive mammogram.  During the phone call, the appointment scheduler asked the nurse if she was experiencing any symptoms.  She told the scheduler that her skin was itchy, including her breasts, but she was pretty sure the itching was caused by the new soap she was using.  Unbeknownst to the nurse, the scheduler noted “itching breasts” in her chart, and instead of scheduling her for […]

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Meet Victoria Florentine


Helping the sick was a natural choice for Victoria Florentine, whose father became ill with heart and lung disease when he was thirty-five years old.  From age ten, Victoria called for the ambulance, kept her mother and the other four children calm and quiet, and held her father’s hand until help arrived.  Although her father did not live long enough to see it, Victoria dedicated her life to guiding those with breathing disorders toward better health. Victoria began her healthcare […]

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