What is a FEV1 Test?

Forced expiratory volume (FEV1) is a pulmonary function test that calculates the amount of air that a person can force out of their lungs in one second. FEV1 measurements can help doctors diagnose chronic lung diseases such as COPD. It can also help them determine the severity the disorder. COPD is a general term used…

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New Hope in the Fight against Antibiotic-Resistance

In the ninety years since antibiotics were first discovered, they have saved innumerable live. Unfortunately, they have also given rise to new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The issue of antibiotic resistance is so serious that the World Health Organization (WHO) has called it “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.”…

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6 Tips for Better Living with COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung condition that causes diminished or obstructed airflow. Typical symptoms of COPD include breathing difficulty, chronic coughing, chronic production of mucus, and wheezing. COPD is a progressive disease which not only interferes with an individual’s quality of life but increases risk of heart disease, lung cancer,…

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Heart Rate vs Blood Pressure

Heart rate and blood pressure are two of four “vital signs” that help assess a person’s general health and give clues to possible diseases. The other two are body temperature and respiratory rate. We are familiar with body temperature, since we often measure it at home to check for infection. Respiratory rate refers to the…

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Psoriasis Can Lead to Increased Risk of Lung Disease

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis. Though psoriasis can affect people in any age group, it is most likely to affect people over the age of 55. This disease is usually associated with red, inflamed, and scaly skin, but it can have far more…

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4 Questions to Guide End-Of-Life Decision-Making

How do you ensure that your loved one, when nearing the end of their life, gets the care they need and want? It’s a difficult question, one most people would rather avoid, but will probably find they cannot. Dr. Atul Gawande would surely be expected to know. After all, he is a professor at both…

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