Category Archives: Community-Based Patient Education

Press Release: Select Respiratory Services Joins NHLBI Breathe Better Network


A Campaign to Raise Awareness of COPD Select Respiratory Services, LLC, is pleased to announce its Core Membership in the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI’s) Breathe Better Network, part of the COPD Learn More Breathe Better campaign.  Launched in 2007, the Breathe Better Network has grown to include more than 80 members in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  From generating media attention, hosting screening events, and convening COPD coalitions, to disseminating materials and even driving […]

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Restoring the Doctor-Patient Relationship


When I was two years old, I contracted rheumatic fever.  Too ill to be moved, the family doctor came to our home with his black medical bag and stayed with me all night. Nowadays, doctors no longer make house calls, and they are not free to do what they think the patient needs.  Instead, they do what insurance companies pay for.  Thousands of non-medical Medicare employees oversee this process.  Billions of dollars that once went directly to patient care now […]

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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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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Sleep Disorders


Mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) can have lasting consequences on thinking, ability to function and work, and quality of life.  Fifty percent of those with mTBI 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 mTBI get poor sleep, it dramatically worsens their thinking, memory, and attention, and increases their risk of dementia. The two most common sleep problems in mTBI are sleep […]

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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 or other autoimmune disorders. 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 bronchi and bronchioles). Though the locations are different, allergies and asthma […]

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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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