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Why Is It So Tough to Quit Smoking?
April 22, 2011 1:00 PM by Valerie Newitt
Smoking is a lousy, smelly, costly habit. Even worse, cigarette packs come lined with the foil of disease - think emphysema, lung cancer, heart disease, COPD, and more. We all know smoking is bad for us. So do patients. Education is available and anti-smoking Read More...
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Scientists Find Brain Mechanism Governing Nicotine Addiction
February 23, 2011 8:25 AM by Valerie Newitt
A pathway in the brain may lead to a dark destination: vulnerability to tobacco addiction. According to an advance online issue of the journal Nature , scientists from The Scripps Research Institute in Florida have identified a conduit in the brain that Read More...
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Leading by Example: President Kicks Smoking Habit
February 9, 2011 11:06 AM by Valerie Newitt
That old contradictory adage, "Do as I say, not as I do," doesn't cut it when it comes to helping people stop smoking. In 2009 President Barack Obama signed into law anti-smoking legislation aimed at keeping young Americans from the grip of nicotine. 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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Study: Smoking Cessation Saves Lives -- and Money
September 15, 2010 1:48 PM by Mike Bederka
We all know helping smokers to quit saves lives, but new research provides hard evidence that states can reap favorable economic benefits by getting people to kick the habit. Released this week, the American Lung Association study provides a nationwide Read More...
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CDC: Smoking in Movies Still a Problem
August 24, 2010 7:29 AM by Mike Bederka
Smoking in films is getting mixed reviews, according to a new CDC report . The number of tobacco incidents (occurrences of tobacco use) in top-grossing movies peaked in 2005, then declined by approximately half through 2009, representing the first time Read More...
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Tough Cigarettes Laws Take Effect, More Coming
June 29, 2010 2:19 PM by test test
One week ago, tough new rules regulating the tobacco industry took effect. Laws banning flavored cigarettes, restricting access and marketing of tobacco products to youth, and requiring new larger warning labels for smokeless tobacco products and packaging 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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What Do Therapists Know About Third-Hand Smoke?
February 10, 2010 10:54 AM by Vern Enge
OK. You know all about the inherent dangers of smoking. You know of the insidious threats from second-hand smoke. But third-hand smoke? That's a completely new term in respiratory care circles. Here's the story behind the terminology. Old tobacco smoke Read More...
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Therapists Score High on Patient Safety Scale
January 15, 2010 2:37 PM by Vern Enge
As a therapist, you can take pride in the fact your respiratory care department is probably showing continual improvement in some of the categories measured by the Joint Commission in its effort to improve the quality of patient care across the nation. Read More...
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Children Exposed to Smoke Run Increased Risk of Emphysema
December 31, 2009 1:27 PM by Vern Enge
Lung function tests are not necessarily the gold standard when it comes to assessing the overall lung health of patients, especially those exposed to secondhand smoke. Other tests may be more helpful, according to the findings of a group of New York researchers. Read More...
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Home-Grown Tobacco Still Offers Threats
August 20, 2009 11:53 AM by Vern Enge
There's bad news ahead for therapists in their efforts to help people stop smoking. Because tobacco companies have upped their prices for products to compensate from a declining smoker base and state and federal governments have raised the taxes on cigarettes 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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