US COPD Coalition

Year: 2021

Sep
9

Editorial: The intersection of women’s health, lung health, and disease

Marrah E. Lachowicz-Scroggins, Louis J. Vuga, Aaron D. Laposky, Marishka Brown, Koyeli Banerjee, Thomas L. Croxton, and James P. Kiley – Division of Lung Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland We celebrate World Lung Day 2021 with a somber tone, realizing that the past year has likely seen more deaths related to lung disease … Read more

Sep
3

Toolkit for Engaging Patients To Improve Diagnostic Safety

The following article is reprinted from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) website. Diagnostic errors occur in all care settings and one in three patients will experience a diagnostic error firsthand. Research suggests that communication breakdowns during the patient-provider encounter are a leading contributor to diagnostic errors. To promote enhanced communication and information … Read more

Aug
23

FDA Gives Full Approval of Pfizer COVID Vaccine

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine will continue to be available under the FDA’s emergency use authorization (EUA) for individuals 12 – 15 years of age and for the administration … Read more

Aug
16

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. We know the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of life, including your ability to attend important appointments and receive routine vaccinations. During NIAM, we encourage you to talk to your doctor, nurse or healthcare … Read more

Aug
10

USCC Chair Giordano Returns to AARC as Interim Executive Director

Sam P. Giordano, MBA, RRT, FAARC, Chair of the US COPD Coalition’s Board of Directors, has accepted a request from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) to serve as its Interim Executive Director. Giordano will oversee all functions of the AARC Executive Office, and will work closely with the AARC President and Board of … Read more

Aug
9

Hawaii COPD Coalition Presents its 15th Annual COPD Education Day

Join the Hawaii COPD Coalition for their FREE 15th Annual COPD Education Day on Friday, September 10, 2021, from 9:30am-12 noon Hawaii Standard Time (3:30pm – 6:00 pm Eastern) on Zoom! Tentative program:Intro to COPD and Current Treatments by Czamira “Maya” Alba, NP, StraubExercise and Pulmonary Rehabilitation by Clarence Rodrigues, RRT, KaiserEating Optimally for Lung Health by Asha Deveraux, … Read more

Jul
22

ALA and ATS Respond to Philip Morris International’s Purchase of British Producer of Respiratory Treatments

The following is a joint press release from the American Lung Association and the American Thoracic Society. In response to an announcement from Philip Morris International that the company has agreed to acquire Vectura, a British inhaled medicine company, American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer and American Thoracic Society President Lynn Schnapp MD, ATSF shared … Read more

Jul
21

An In-depth Look at Colds and Flu

The following is excerpted from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health What’s the Bottom Line? What do we know about the effectiveness of complementary approaches for flu and colds? No complementary health approach has been shown to be helpful for the flu. For colds: Complementary approaches that have shown some promise … Read more

Jul
3

COPD-SOS: New National Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of COPD and Sound the Alarm on the Urgent Need for Early Diagnosis

Before COVID-19, 150,000 Americans were dying of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) every year, and the pandemic has only worsened this crisis. An estimated 30 million Americans have COPD, and almost half – 12-15 million – do not know they have it. As the nation focuses on getting as many Americans as possible vaccinated against … Read more

Jun
15

Post-COVID Conditions

The following is reprinted from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s COVID-19 website. Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions. Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience more than four weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. … Read more