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COPD, Asthma, and You: Reducing Stress with Music

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Reducing stress and anxiety can greatly improve the lives of persons with COPD or severe asthma. Telling people to reduce stress, however, does about as much good as telling someone with insomnia to get more sleep. The trick is how to do it and get the desired result. Upon reviewing several sources of advice about the importance of reducing stress and anxiety for those with COPD, we’ve concluded that listening to music should be added to most lists of helpful strategies. After all, recent discovery of 40,000-year-old flutes shows that humans have been creating and enjoying music for a very...

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COPD, Asthma, and You: Reducing Stress with Music

COPD, Asthma, and You: Enjoying the Holiday Season

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For many of us, the holiday season is our favorite time of year. It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends, and most people are in a more cheerful mood. If you take care of yourself and observe some precautions, you can enjoy the holiday season despite having COPD or asthma. Enjoyable Eating Holiday feasts give us all a chance to eat foods that are not part of our daily diet and to enjoy them together. By following a few guidelines to accommodate your COPD, you can indulge in special holiday treats, too. Try eating your usual proteins, fruits,...

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COPD, Asthma, and You: Enjoying the Holiday Season

COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Tabletop and Portable Nebulizers

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Are you deciding or helping someone decide which nebulizer to buy? There are so many choices that the process can be confusing. Here are a few considerations to help you make the most appropriate decision. Note: Before making a decision to purchase, please consult your doctor or healthcare provider for guidance. To simplify matters, we will discuss tabletop and portable nebulizers. Compared to inhalers that require deep breaths that a person should hold for a few seconds, nebulizers deliver measured amounts of medication more effectively during a few minutes. Tabletop (or stationary) nebulizers are larger and not meant to be...

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COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Tabletop and Portable Nebulizers

COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Benefits of Outdoor Activity

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As Autumn arrives, many of us are anxious to get outdoors after staying in air-conditioning during a hot summer. If you have COPD or care for someone who does, this is a good time to take your exercise routine outside. The benefits of doing so are immediate and long-lasting. Besides, during the COVID-19 pandemic, while practicing social distancing the outdoors is one of the safer places to engage in exercise activity.  What Exercise Can Do for You  Difficulty in breathing often causes people to avoid exercise, and that reduces their fitness level, making breathing even harder. To improve breathing, it is important to reverse this...

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COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Quick and Healthy Meals

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In the face of walls of processed foods at the supermarket, it is difficult to maintain a healthy diet. And yet, if you have COPD or care for someone who does, you know how much what you eat affects your health and well-being. But you might not have the energy or time to prepare your meals from scratch. Here are some suggestions to help you avoid the trap of resorting to processed foods.   Before we go any further, we need to remind you to consult with your doctor about your diet, especially about any special requirements in relation to your condition or medications. For specific meal preparation guidelines, consider consulting a registered dietician...

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COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Quick and Healthy Meals