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There is a lot of interesting COPD research happening these days and we wanted to share one of those studies with you.
According to the www.copdfoundation.org, the COPDGene™ Study is one of largest studies ever funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
Their goal is to find any inherited or generic factors that make some people more likely to develop COPD in their lifetime. The study is also wanting to better classify and understand the disease and how it differs person to person.
According to www.copdfoundation.org, the COPDGene™ Study is finding the other genes that cause a susceptibility to developing the disease, and this groundbreaking study has the potential of changing how we know and treat COPD.
The COPDGene™ Study is now in its “second phase” after 5 years of research. To read the full article and learn more about this study, reference www.copdfoundation.org.
Source and image courtesy of www.copdfoundation.org.
At Legacy we want to bring you the latest news related to your health and wellness. Below is an overview of a recent article, written by Darrel Drobnich, President, American Sleep Apnea Association. This article is a great read with helpful information for both sleep professionals, patients, and advocates.
Sleep-related problems in our 24/7 lifestyle is a problem. Sleep-related problems are estimated to affect 50 to 70 million Americans. This includes all ages and socioeconomic classes, both men and women.
Even with these kind of stats, the overwhelming majority of sufferers are undiagnosed and untreated. As Darrel Drobnich points out, this can “create unnecessary public health and safety problems, as well as increased health care expenses.”
We know sleep in vital to our productivity and well-being, yet studies continue to show that millions of Americans are still at risk for serious safety and health consequences of untreated sleep disorders and lack of adequate sleep.
One of the most serious sleep issues is obstructive sleep apnea, a prevalent chronic sleep and breathing disorder characterized by repeated stops or near stops of breathing during sleep due to collapse of the tissues in the airway. A breathing episodes can last 10 seconds or more. This causes a disruption in sleep and oxygen depletion. According to Drobnich, OSA affects 17% of adults and over 25% of older adults, with rates increasing in association with the obesity epidemic.
Sleep apnea requires immediate and ongoing therapy because it lowers blood-oxygen levels and disrupts sleep, and is associated with some of America’s other most pressing health problems including hypertension, heart disease, stroke, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, and early mortality and results in an increase of depression, anxiety, cognitive issues, erectile dysfunction, irritability, daytime sleepiness and motor vehicle crashes.
If you or someone you know may have a sleep problem like sleep apnea, ask your physician to refer you to a sleep lab or clinic where you will participate in a sleep study. Be persistent in helping your primary care physician understand your concerns in order to gain proper referrals.
Reference the full article on peopleforqualitycare.org to learn about risk factors and signs & symptoms of sleep apnea.
November is COPD Awareness Month! Therefore, we want to join the cause to spread the work and make a difference in the lives of those living with COPD, caregivers, advocates, and health professionals.
The www.copdfoundation.org provides valuable resources and information on helping define what COPD is and share the signs & symptoms in order to promote awareness. We have shared a portion of that information below:
What is COPD?
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases, encompassing emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma, and severe bronchiectasis. The disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.
Symptoms of COPD?
Symptoms include breathlessness, chronic coughing, and wheezing. Many people mistake their increased breathlessness and coughing as a normal part of aging.
Did you Know…
• The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute estimates that 15 million adults have COPD and another 12 million are undiagnosed or developing COPD.
• COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—twelve years earlier than predicted.
• COPD kills more women than men each year. In 2006, COPD killed more American women than breast cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
• Every four minutes an individual dies of COPD.
• COPD cost the U.S. government approximately $42.6 billion in both direct and indirect expenses in 2007. A majority of those expenses are due to hospitalizations, which can be prevented with better diagnosis and management practices.
• The WHO estimates that more than 300 million individuals worldwide have COPD and total deaths are expected to increase more than thirty percent in the next ten years.
• Smoking is not the only cause of COPD; second-hand smoke, occupational dust and chemicals, air pollution and genetic factors also cause this disease.
• COPD is relatively easy to diagnose using a spirometry machine, where the patient exhales as much as possible into a tube.
• There’s no cure yet for COPD but treatments are available to help individuals live with their COPD.
Reference www.copdfoundation.org for more information and resources.
A recent article by www.copdfoundation.org, discusses how oxygen therapy can help those suffering with COPD.
As you know, our lungs work by bringing in the so called good air and getting rid of the bad air. We breathe in oxygen (O2) where then passes into your blood through tiny air sacs called (alveoli) in the lungs. From the alveoli, oxygen gets moved to every part of your body. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is made when your muscles and tissues use oxygen (O2).
It’s vital that we get rid of this CO2 by breathing it out. Some types of COPD (not all) make it problematic to get enough oxygen into the blood and get rid of the carbon dioxide.
If you do have the type that causes this issue, then oxygen therapy can help prevent the bad effects that happen when blood oxygen levels drop.
According to COPD foundation, “It will help you think and remember better. And it will help you sleep better. Oxygen therapy CAN make a big difference in how you feel.”
Oxygen therapy must be prescribed by your doctor or primary care physician. Talk with you doctor about introducing this therapy into you treatment plan.
Reference www.copdfoundation.org for more information.
This story was shared on peopleforqualitycare.com and our team at Legacy wanted to share it with you. This story showcases, Jueldia Smith, a senior who struggles to find a home medical equipment within 200 miles.
At Legacy, we are passionate about being able to provide care to those in the communities we serve (Paducah, KY Murray, KY and Paris, TN). It is upsetting to realize many do not have people have to wait 2 weeks for equipment since there is no one to service their needs. It is these stories that fuel our passion to serve and continue to grow to reach those unserved.
According to peopleforqualitycare.com, Medicare cut funding for home medical equipment by upwards of 50-80 percent. The funding cut, implemented on July 1, has sent a shockwave across the country, severely impacting people with disabilities and chronic conditions who rely on home medical equipment.
Read Jueldia Smith full story at peopleforqualitycare.com.