US COPD Coalition

Month: May 2020


Protect Yourself from UV Radiation and Skin Cancer

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and with the warmer weather comes increased risk of overexposure to the sun and other forms of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. As you prepare for the summer ahead, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) wants you to know about skin cancer and the risks and benefits of UV exposure. … Read more


Some e-Cigarette Users, Mostly Young, Experiencing Seizures

The following is excerpted from a news release from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA): The FDA has become aware that some people who use e-cigarettes have experienced seizures, with most reports involving youth or young adult users. Seizures or convulsions are known potential side effects of nicotine toxicity and have been reported in the scientific … Read more


Chronic Lung Diseases Information Portal

Do you, or someone you know, suffer from a chronic lung disease? Are you a healthcare professional working in this field?  Respiplus, a non-profit organization which over the past 20 years has developed worldwide renown for its self-management programs, has a very helpful information portal that has been designed to provide reliable information on common chronic lung … Read more


Post-Hospitalization Pulmonary Rehabilitation Improves One-Year Mortality Rates

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published the results of a retrospective observational study which which looked at more than 197,000 Medicare beneficiaries discharged after hospitalization for COPD, who had pulmonary rehabilitation initiated within 3 months of discharge, compared with patients who had later (initiated > 90 day post-discharge) or no initiation of pulmonary rehabilitation. The … Read more


ERS Releases Recommendations for Performing Pulmonary Function Testing During Pandemic

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) has released recommendations for safely performing lung function tests during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendations vary based on the current prevalence of COVID-19 in the community, with specific guidelines for the pandemic phase, the post-peak phase, and the post-pandemic phase. Click on the link below to access the recommendations: ERS … Read more


Oxygen Webinars – Parts 1, 2, and 3

The US COPD Coalition recently hosted a series of three webinars addressing home oxygen issues. Click on the links below to access the individual webinars. Note that you will be required to register in order to view the webinars. Oxygen Webinar, Part 1 – Medicare and Oxygen Coverage (October 16, 2019) Oxygen Webinar, Part 2 – … Read more