Category Archives: COPD

The Unrecognized Game Changer for COPD: Pulmonary Rehab


COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, where it is estimated that 16 million people have the disease. It is debilitating, leading to the inability to conduct one’s normal activities of daily living due to shortness of breath and deconditioning. A 2020 study, recently published in JAMA, found that COPD patients who participated in a pulmonary rehabilitation program within 90 days of hospitalization for exacerbation of their disease experienced a dramatic decrease in mortality rate […]

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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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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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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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