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Monday, July 19, 2004 Volume #3 -- Issue #29
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 control us.
Getting a good night's sleep has many health benefits.
Unfortunately, for those of us with COPD, getting enough rest is not
always easy. Sleeping problems and COPD seem to go hand in hand for
most of us.
This issue features information and links to information on how to
get enough rest.
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review for publication any pertinent information you wish to share
with others on COPD and related topics. Also, periodically we will
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ASTHMA LINKED TO HEIGHTENED RISK OF COPD
In a 20-year study, people with asthma were about 12 times more
likely to develop COPD than people who did not have asthma,
according to a new report. "For many years, asthma and COPD have
been regarded as distinct conditions, with separate clinical
courses," lead author Graciela E. Silva, from the University of
Arizona in Tucson, said.
While both conditions cause difficulty breathing, asthma has been
considered to be reversible whereas COPD, which covers a number of
diseases, is seen as irreversible. However, writes Silva, "Our study
shows a strong link between asthma diagnosis and the development of
COPD, which suggests they may share a common background."
The findings are based on a study, published in the medical journal
Chest, of 3,099 adult subjects who completed respiratory
questionnaires and underwent lung function testing several times
during a 20-year period. See Story:
AIR TRAVEL MAY BECOME EASIER FOR COPDERS
Under a new rule published July 14 in the Federal Register, Idaho
Sen. Mike Crapo says people suffering with chronic illnesses
requiring supplemental oxygen will find air travel much easier. The
proposed rule by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will
allow the AirSep LifeStyle Portable Oxygen Concentrator to be used
on airplanes during flight. This means that patients who require
oxygen will be allowed to bring their oxygen concentrator units on
board the airplane or use the airplane unit. See Story:
DRUG-RESISTANT GERM SPREADING
A drug-resistant "superbug" found in hospitals has a close cousin
that is affecting athletes, prisoners and small children in growing
numbers across the United States, disease experts said.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can become fatal
if not treated with the right antibiotics, said the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "MRSA is showing up in places
it had never been seen before - as a predominant cause of skin
disease. among children in some regions of the country, as clusters
of abscesses among sports participants, as the most common cause of
skin infections among inmates in some jails and among military
recruits and rarely, as a severe and sometimes fatal lung or
blood-stream infection in previously healthy people," the CDC said.
IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT UPS RISK OF OSA
A common irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation appears to
increase the risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a disorder
marked by brief periods of breathing cessation during sleep, new
research suggests. The findings, which appear in the medical journal
Circulation, are based on a study of 151 patients with atrial
fibrillation and 312 patients seen for other heart problems.
A questionnaire was used to identify patients in both groups with
OSA. Nearly half of the patients in the atrial fibrillation group
had OSA, Dr. Virend K. Somers, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
Minnesota, and colleagues note. In contrast, just under a third of
patients in the comparison group had OSA. After accounting for body
weight and other factors that might influence the association, the
presence of atrial fibrillation doubled the risk of OSA.
The results suggest that patients with atrial fibrillation should be
screened for OSA, particularly those with obesity or high blood
pressure - known risk factors for OSA - the researchers conclude.
HOW STRESS AFFECTS IMMUNE SYSTEMS
We have known for some time that stress affects our immune systems.
Many studies have shown that stress can suppress the immune system,
but other studies have shown boosts in the immune system under
stress. A July 2004 meta-analysis of 293 studies conducted over the
past 30 years puts the pieces of the puzzle together. See Findings:
KEEP YOUR HOME'S AIR CLEAN
While Americans spend an estimated 90 percent of their time indoors,
the majority of the public does not realize that the air in their
homes can contribute to health problems, particularly during peak
summer months when ozone pollution is at its highest, according to
the American Lung Association (ALA). The following link leads to
tips to improve indoor air quality from the ALA.
LUNG CANCER: FDA ALLOWS NEW DETECTION DEVICE
A computer-aided system that can detect little nodules in the lung
just as they become cancerous won approval from the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) recently. The image analysis system - a
sophisticated version of computer software - will help analysts find
nodules using computer tomography, or CT, images of the lung. The
ImageChecker CT-LN 1000 is made by privately held R2 Technology Inc.
of California. It automatically searches for suspicious areas in CT
scans. While such small, knobby masses can be benign, they can also
indicate lung cancer. Other conditions a patient may have had, such
as tuberculosis, fungal infections and blood clots, can also form
nodules. See More:
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DRUG FIRM WARNS ABOUT VACCINE INFORMATION
Product materials for several GlaxoSmithKline Plc hepatitis vaccines
contain false information about flu vaccines that could lead to
public health problems, U.S. regulators said. Hepatitis vaccines
Havrix, Twinrix and Engerix-B all included the company's version of
general U.S. government vaccine guidelines, but listed false flu
vaccine recommendations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
wrote. See Story:
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SUMMERTIME AND THE SLEEPING AIN'T EASY
Summertime is here at last - long days of warm sunshine and soft
breezes. Holidays and out-of-town visitors. Barbecues and soft ice
cream. Who has time for sleep? Sleep, however, is just as important
during summer and holidays as at any other time of year. To feel
your best and enjoy the season to the best of your ability, you need
at least six and preferably eight or more hours of sleep every
night. See Sleep Tips:
SLEEPLESSNESS ISN'T INEVITABLE
Having difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep is common as
we age. But that doesn't mean insomnia can't be avoided. Explore
what could be causing your sleeping difficulties. Once you've
figured out what's causing the problem, there's plenty you can do to
get a good night's rest. See Mayo Clinic Tips:
SLEEP AND COPD
For many of us with COPD, getting a good night's sleep is very
difficult. Between our labored breathing, congestion, coughing and
wheezing, getting decent rest is difficult at best. And, for many of
us, add a few other medical problems, such as sleep apnea and
restless leg syndrome, and we are in big trouble in the sleep
Sleep is vital. Our health, well-being, ability to cope daily with
our COPD and enjoyment of a reasonably active lifestyle are strongly
dependent on how well we meet our bodies' needs for rest and
As always, talk with your physician if you are having trouble
sleeping. In addition to the symptoms of COPD, which can keep us up
all night, stress, depression and other serious medical conditions
could be the cause of sleepless nights. Sleep disorders are
extremely common and often require skilled evaluation and treatment.
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THE HEALING POWER OF IMAGINATION
We've all felt worried, stressed or tense at some time in our lives,
wishing we could just get away from it all. Well, whether you've
simply had a hard day at work or you're a patient preparing for
surgery, guided imagery may be your ticket to relaxation. See More:
RESEARCHERS: FOOD PYRAMID NOT TO BLAME FOR OBESITY
Despite the recent backlash against the government-issued food
pyramid, this nutritional tool is not responsible for causing the
current obesity epidemic in the U.S., according to researchers.
Recently, some experts have said that the pyramid oversimplifies the
food groups and stresses such food as bread and pasta at the expense
of more proteins and unsaturated fats. This heavy reliance on
carbohydrates and fear of all fats has left the nation seriously
overweight, they argue. However, in the Journal of the American
Dietetic Association, Dr. Jeanne P. Goldberg and her colleagues note
that most Americans do not follow the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) food guide pyramid, so it cannot be blamed for
the average adult's excess pounds. See Story:
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CURRIED CHICKEN SALAD WITH CASHEWS
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
juice of 1 lemon
10 black peppercorns
salt to taste
2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
2 1/2 tablespoons mango chutney
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup raisins, preferably golden raisins
2 tablespoons diced onion
2 tablespoons chopped unsalted, roasted cashews
freshly ground black pepper
2 pieces pita bread, cut into wedges
1. Place the chicken in a large saucepan with the lemon juice,
the peppercorns, a generous pinch of salt and enough water to
cover the chicken. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat
and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain and cool the chicken.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream,
mango chutney and curry powder and stir to combine. Stir in
the celery and raisins.
3. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, cut it into
1/2-inch pieces and add it to the mixing bowl. Cover and
refrigerate until ready to serve.
4. Stir in the onion and cashews. Season to taste with salt
and pepper. Serve the salad with pita wedges.
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