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Abnormal Lung Sounds

Abnormal Lung Sounds

A usual part of a physical exam involves the healthcare professional listening to the patient’s breath sounds with a stethoscope. But what are they listening for? The breathing sounds they hear may be normal, the sound of air going in and out of the lungs. However, lung sounds may also be decreased or absent; or,…

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Top 5 Inhaler Mistakes for COPD

Top 5 Inhaler Mistakes for COPD

Inhalers are a fact of life for tens of millions of Americans, including 11 million people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Despite their importance, studies repeatedly show that as many as two-thirds of people who rely on an inhaler, do not use it correctly. COPD is a life-threatening lung condition in which airflow to…

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Medicare and Hospice

Medicare and Hospice

Managing pain, medication, and caregiving at the late stages of a terminal illness can be physically and emotionally exhausting. The goal of hospice care is to ease that time, for both the patient and their family. The modern hospice movement was created in the late 60s, began to gain acceptance in the late 1970s, and…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and the Lung

Although we primarily think of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as a disease that affects joints, it can damage tissue throughout the body. Rheumatoid lung disease refers to a collection of lung disorders associated with RA. Most at risk for rheumatoid lung diseases are men between 50 and 70 with active RA, and a history of smoking.…

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Diabetes: A Risk Factor for Falling

We already know that falling is a serious risk for older Americans. The statistics are clear: Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries among seniors. One in four seniors falls every year. Every 19 minutes an older person dies from complications of a fall. What’s new is the organization that just formed a task…

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What is Herd Immunity?

True or false: In order to prevent the spread of the flu (or any other contagious disease) everyone needs to be vaccinated. False. The reason this is false is that vaccination does not rely on 100% compliance. If it did, it would be completely ineffective in the real world. Instead, vaccination relies on something called…

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Tracheotomy Decannulation

A tracheotomy (also known as a tracheostomy) is a surgical opening in the neck going into the trachea, commonly known as the windpipe. Tracheotomies allow air to get to the lungs in a variety of situations in which the airway is compromised. Among the most common situations requiring a tracheotomy are those in which a…

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6 Tips for Diabetic Foot Care

Today is World Diabetes Day, a day dedicated by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization to increasing recognition of the impact of diabetes. In order to spread awareness about one of the most common complications of diabetes, we offer this overview of diabetic foot care. The main complications of diabetes come from…

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Three Risk Factors Put Women at Higher Risk of Heart Attack

Most people know that smoking, overweight, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are all risk factors for having a myocardial infarction (heart attack). What they may not know is that some of these risk factors affect women significantly more than they affect men. In a new study, published in medical journal The BMJ, researchers…

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