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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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Trying to Stop Smoking? Chantix is Different from Everything Else Your Client 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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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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