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Not Just Blowing Smoke
May 6, 2016 1:57 PM by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine
By Tamer Abouras One of the great fallacies we sometimes entertain is the idea that smoking as a tempting boogeyman — particularly for curious adolescents — is largely a thing of the past, thanks to effective PSAs. The unfortunate truth of the matter, Read More...
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Lights Out
November 6, 2015 7:25 AM by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine
By Tamer Abouras It’s hard to believe that until only fairly recently, indoor smoking was still alive and well. Even at restaurants, a host asking if you would prefer to sit in the smoking or non-smoking section was standard. In recent years, however, Read More...
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Causes of Death Shift in COPD Patient Population
January 20, 2011 12:18 PM by Valerie Newitt
Patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are on long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) have more to worry about than breathing difficulties. According to a new study by researchers in Sweden, COPD patients on LTOT today face an Read More...
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Europeans to Launch COPD Call to Action
June 25, 2010 7:49 AM by Vern Enge
While the 24 million Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are of major concern in U.S. health care circles, the patient population here pales in comparison to the 44 million Europeans with the same breathing problems. To gain support for Read More...
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Take a Virtual Journey Into the Lungs
May 18, 2010 8:58 AM by Sharlene George
First, there's a rumble. Then comes a booming voice: "It is a silent killer." Next, riders are shuttling toward planet Earth on an interactive voyage aimed to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The 20-seat state-of-the-art mobile Read More...
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Time to Evaluate Revised Pulmonary Rehab Rule Impact
March 10, 2010 1:06 PM by Vern Enge
We're almost through the first quarter of 2010, and it's time to evaluate the impact of reimbursement and regulation changes in pulmonary rehabilitation programs. Starting Jan. 1, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted 12 weeks of Read More...
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It’s All in the Genes
March 26, 2009 4:01 PM by Frank Visco
Researchers at Wake Forest University have suggested genetics may explain why only 25% of long-term smokers develop chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases even though 90 percent of COPD is attributed to smoking. The study considered variations in the Read More...
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Deciphering Coding Conundrums
February 13, 2009 2:14 PM by Colleen Mullarkey
The Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) demonstration program proved to be a great success for the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. Medicare already has recouped nearly $1 billion from providers in the five states where the program was launched Read More...
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NIH Shows the Money
January 30, 2009 12:32 PM by Frank Visco
The National Institute of Health (NIH), recently released statistics on the monetary support it made to various research, condition, and disease categories based on grants, contracts, and other funding mechanisms in 2008. In all, 215 research/disease Read More...
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Mass Spirometry in Young People Proposed in UK
January 20, 2009 12:18 PM by Frank Visco
Mass spirometry for healthy patients in their mid-twenties has been proposed in the United Kingdom's draft clinical strategy for COPD, and is currently being considered by ministers, according to PulseToday. The proposal is interesting, especially in Read More...
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