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Monday, July 7, 2003 Volume #2 -- Issue #27
Susie Bowers, Editor -- Web-Editor@COPD-International.com
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We are a group of fellow COPD sufferers, caregivers and others
interested in this disease. Our online community is devoted to helping
one another to live the best life possible with this debilitating
illness through interactive support.
As many of us have found, COPD is a disease of many faces,
contradictions and components. Therefore, our diversified
community is here to share its combined wealth of knowledge
and information, so we may all become well-informed patients
and take control of our disease rather than letting this disease
Most heat-related deaths occur in the hot summer months, and the
elderly, the very young and people with chronic health problems,
such as COPD, are most at risk.
Even healthy people can fall victim to summer heat. Therefore, for
those of us with COPD protecting are already compromised health
is a must.
This issue features general precautions from the U.S. Centers for
Disease and Control (CDC) and the American Lung Association (AMA) on
how to reduce your risk of heat- related illnesses. There are also
tips from various sources that are COPD-specific.
We welcome your input and participation in our newsletters and
will review for publication any pertinent information you wish to
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Stay cool! Yours in health ...
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-----U.S. COPD CONFERENCE SET FOR NOVEMBER
The First National COPD Conference, sponsored by the U.S. COPD
Coalition, will be held November 14-15, 2003 at the Sheraton National
Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The conference will provide scientific
and societal background on COPD to allow coalition partners to select
key areas for long-term collaborative action to promote COPD
education, awareness and improved care.
The conference will focus on early detection, treatment and prevention
through state-of-the-art workshops, lectures and meetings. Go to
http://www.uscopd.com to find out more about the conference and
-----STUDY: STAYING OFF SMOKES DAILY BATTLE
Experts have found more evidence to suggest that staying off
cigarettes is a daily battle for some people. A study by British
researchers has found that even people who manage to kick the habit
for over a year still run a high risk of taking up smoking again. See
-----ANOTHER DOWNSIDE TO SMOKING
Now you can add mental decline to the list of cigarette smoking
effects. It happens to people who smoke more than a pack a day
and manage to survive to middle age, a British study finds. Story:
-----THUMBS UP FOR OXYGEN THERAPY
Long-term oxygen therapy can provide significant benefits for people
with severe emphysema. Its goal is not only to relieve shortness of
breath, but also to improve survival and make it possible to carry out
everyday activities, according to the Marion County Medical Center in
South Carolina. See Story:
Editor's Note: This is an exceptionally long link. Please cut
and paste the entire address into your browser if you have
trouble opening the page
------FDA TO REVIEW GLAXO ARIFLO FOR COPD
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs
Advisory Committee will meet September 5 to review GlaxoSmithKline's
phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor Ariflo for COPD. See Details:
-----WALKING HELPS WEAKENED LUNGS
Exercise is good for people with COPD, a Spanish study finds. COPD
patients who did the equivalent of one hour's walking every day had
about half the risk of being hospitalized than physically inactive
patients. See Story:
Editor's Note: For more information on walking, see the June 2nd
newsletter, "The Magic of Walking," at
-----DOCTOR DISCUSSES "HOT TUB LUNG"
This is an interview with Dr. Oren P. Schaefer, who is affiliated with
the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Division
of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. In this interview,
he answers questions on a respiratory illness associated with hot-tub
-----SARS DECLARED TO BE CONTAINED
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that SARS has
been contained around the world, with no new cases reported by any
country since June 15. See Story:
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RELIEF FROM THE HOT, HUMID WEATHER
-----CDC SUMMER HEALTH/SAFETY TIPS
Sun and Heat:
Studies show more than a million cases of the most common forms
of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, and that even a few serious
sunburns can increase your risk of getting skin cancer. You can
protect yourself during the time of day when the sun's ultraviolet
(UV) rays are strongest - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. - by wearing long
sleeves and pants, and by applying sunscreen and a protective lip balm
with an SPF of 15 or higher. Be sure to reapply frequently especially
Also, take the following precautions to reduce your heat-exposure
-- Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages;
-- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that is light in color;
-- Reduce strenuous activities or do them during the cooler parts
of the day.
Thousands of Americans drown each year, and thousands more are
injured or killed in boating accidents. Drowning is the second leading
cause of injury-related death for children age 14 and under. Follow
these common-sense precautions for safe summer fun in the water:
-- Always have an adult closely supervise young children any time
they are swimming, playing or even bathing in water;
-- Never swim alone or in unsupervised locations. Teach your children
to always swim with a buddy;
-- Never drink alcohol before or while swimming, boating or water
skiing, and never drink alcohol while supervising children;
-- Learn to swim, as swimming lessons benefit adults and children
age 4 and up;
-- Properly maintain your pool to help prevent the spread of
infectious diseases. Never swallow pool, lake or river water.
Summer is the season for outdoor barbecues and picnics; however,
food-related illness can put a damper on those outdoor fests. The
CDC estimates that 76 million Americans get sick from food-related
illness every year. More than 300,000 end up hospitalized and about
5,000 die each year from foodborne illness. Protect yourself and your
friends and family in these ways:
-- Cook meat, poultry and seafood thoroughly. Use a meat thermometer
to be sure your grilled meats are "done." Ground beef, for
example, should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160
-- Don't cross-contaminate one food with another. Wash your hands,
utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with
raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food;
-- Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature, so refrigerate
leftover foods promptly;
-- Wash produce thoroughly to remove visible dirt, and discard the
outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage. (CDC)
-----AMA GIVES TIPS ON OZONE/SMOG SEASON
As people head outdoors for more exercise or simply to enjoy the
summer weather, the AMA warns that as temperatures rise, so may
the level of ozone smog, which can affect even healthy adults.
See Tips: http://www.lungusa.org/press/association/asn_062603.html
----- MORE TIPS FOR COPDers
-- Stay indoors if you have air conditioning.
-- Postpone any physical activity that will tax your strength and
cause you shortness of breath (SOB)
-- Eat light, smaller meals periodically during the day, focusing on
cold salads, fruits and vegetables.
-- Find activities to occupy your time that are sit-down projects that
will bring you pleasure, so you will be content to sit still.
-- Keep your body well hydrated. Drink plenty of WATER all during
-- Try to postpone trips to the store, doctor's appointments -
anything that will take you out into heat and high humidity.
-----KEEP YOUR COOL
Here's how to prevent and treat heat-related emergencies. See
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-----PERKS OF POWER NAPS
A new study shows how a daytime doze can sharpen your brain. Story:
-----POISON IVY - AN ITCHY ISSUE
Poison ivy can be an unpleasant side effect of spending time outdoors.
According to the Tulsa Medical Center, about 85 percent of Americans
are sensitive to the resin urushiol, which laces the surface of poison
ivy, oak or sumac plants. See Remedies:
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-----ON-TOPIC CHATS (All Eastern Time)
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Host Kitty (Note: Only caregivers in these chats please.)
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To express your loving thoughts, get-well wishes and prayers for
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please go to http://www.copd-international.com/Loving_Thoughts/
-- Tonie, our exercise chat host, has been ill for the last few weeks.
She was just beginning to recover from a few rib fractures, and
has now come down with an infection.
-- Tim Cochran is still in the hospital due to complications following
a double-lung transplant.
-- George, husband of chat host Kittie, remains in the hospital
and continues to need our prayers.
-- Bill Lyons is still in the hospital. His wife, Linda, says they
are awaiting further test results.
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> > > > > > > > > JUST FOR FUN < < < < < < < < <
"HOW MANY DOGS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A BULB
1. Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've
got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about
a stupid burned out bulb?
2. Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring
that's not up to code.
3. Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!
4. Rottweiler: Make me.
5. Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the
6. Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light
bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please,
7. German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these
people from the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any,
and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has
tried to take advantage of the situation.
8. Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing
off the walls and furniture.
9. Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see
a light bulb?
The Cat's Answer: Dogs do not change light bulbs. People
light bulbs. So, the real question is: How long will it be before
I can expect some light, some dinner and some attention?"
> > > > > > > > > > RECIPE < < < < < < < < <
-----SPINACH PASTA SALAD
Spinach gives this pasta salad a cool twist.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready in: 2 Hours 25 Minutes
3/4 (12 ounce) package farfalle pasta
7 ounces baby spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size piece
1-1/2 ounces crumbled feta cheese with basil and tomato
3/4 red onion, chopped
3/4 (15 ounce) can black olives, drained and chopped
3/4 cup Italian-style salad dressing
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 lemon, juiced
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente,
rinse under cold water and drain.
2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, spinach, cheese, red onion and
3. Whisk together the salad dressing, garlic, lemon juice, garlic salt
and pepper. Pour over salad and toss. Refrigerate for 2 hours and
Makes 6 servings.
> > > > > > > > > > CLOSING THOUGHT < < < < < < < < <
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.
-- Lord Byron --
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