US COPD Coalition

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Jun
30

US COPD Coalition Mourns the Loss of Dr. Brian Tiep

The US COPD Coalition (USCC) is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Brian L. Tiep, MD, a pulmonary physician and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on chronic lung disease. Dr. Tiep had a passion for helping patients with pulmonary disease, particularly COPD. He was an early and strong proponent of pulmonary rehabilitation … Read more

Jun
8

Registration open for free webinar that introduces the COPD Caregiver’s Toolkit

Respiratory Health Association (RHA) is partnering with Vitalograph, a global leader in respiratory diagnostics, to host a Q&A webinar with RHA President & CEO Joel Africk and Dr. Khalilah Gates, a pulmonologist at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago. They will introduce and discuss the new digital COPD Caregivers Toolkit, the importance of caregiving, and the role … Read more

Jun
2

COPD Caregiver’s Toolkit now available online

Providing care for a loved one living with COPD can be hard, but Respiratory Health Association’s Caregiver’s Toolkit has information and resources to help you along the way. Thanks to our partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Learn More Breathe Better® program, the toolkit is now available online! Learn more at … Read more

Jun
2

The Relaxation Response Can Help You Fight Stress

The following is reprinted from the NIH’s National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) When you’re under stress, your body reacts by releasing hormones that produce the “fight-or-flight” response. Your heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure go up, your muscles tense, and you sweat more. If this happens often, over a long period … Read more

May
13

Hospital Safety Grades from The Leapfrog Group Show Pandemic-Era Declines in Patient Experience

The following is excerpted from a press release from the Leapfrog Group, a patient safety advocacy organization. The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety, today released the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, which assigns a letter grade to nearly 3,000 U.S. general hospitals based on over 30 … Read more

May
13

Is It Asthma or COPD? Know the Difference

By Gary Fitzgerald – Allery & Asthma Network* People with chronic cough, wheeze and shortness of breath may wonder if their symptoms are asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The difference between the two diseases is not always clear. May is Asthma Awareness Month, and Allergy & Asthma Network joins with the US COPD Coalition in raising … Read more

Mar
29

Portable Oxygen Needs Assessment Form Available for Download

There are many types of oxygen equipment used in the home, with each device having advantages and disadvantages. An assessment of a patient’s needs is crucial to matching oxygen patients with the right equipment. The United States COPD Coalition (USCC) Portable Oxygen Task Force has developed the accompanying Portable Oxygen Needs Assessment form for completion by patients, … Read more

Mar
10

COPD Foundation leads the fight against non-FDA approved oxygen concentrators

Many of you may have seen very inexpensive “Oxygen Concentrators” available online, including Amazon, Facebook, eBay.These are selling in the range of $300 to $650. They are not FDA approved, nor will they support the supplemental oxygen needs of most living with COPD. FDA-approved portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) produce at least 93% oxygen at any given … Read more

Feb
25

Health consequences of secondhand smoke

There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke causes numerous health problems in infants and children, including more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Smoking during pregnancy results in more than 1,000 infant deaths annually. Some of the health conditions caused by … Read more