A New COPD Treatment is FDA Approved
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2w ago
This article was written by Jonnie Korinko, MSRC, RRT, RRT-ACCS. On June 26, 2024, Verona Pharmaceuticals announced that its new medication, Ensifentrine (Ohtuvayre), was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the maintenance treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). See the press release here. Ensifentrine works in two main ways to help people breathe better: Relaxing Muscles: It helps the muscles around the airways in the lungs relax. Imagine squeezing a straw and letting go—more air can get through. Ensifentrine helps open up the airways so air can flo ..read more
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Teen Racecar Driver, Maddox, Revs Up Awareness About COPD
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3w ago
This article was written by Tara Shedor, MA. The COPD Foundation recently spoke with Maddox, a high school senior from Cedar Rapids, IA who races his FWD 4-cylinder Hornet at Hawkeye Downs Speedway. Maddox has added the COPD Foundation logo to his car and has become a brand ambassador for the COPD Foundation. Read on to learn more about Maddox and his passion to spread awareness of COPD. How long have you been racing and how did you get involved? This is my second year racing, and my first with a full schedule. Last year I took part in various events, but this year it's more structured. I've a ..read more
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From Diagnosis to Advocacy: Karen’s COPD Story
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1M ago
This article was written by Jamie Jarrard, BA. "I'm going to live the best life that I can live, and I'm going to advocate for others." When Karen Deitemeyer was diagnosed with COPD, she was angry. In 1991 her doctor warned her that if she did not take care of herself, she would likely develop emphysema. She took this advice to heart and quit smoking. She thought she'd done everything right to avoid chronic lung disease, but soon noticed she couldn't walk as fast as her friends, and couldn't climb stairs or carry groceries without getting winded. 10 years later a pulmonologist told her she had ..read more
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Health Policy And You
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2M ago
This article was written by Michael W. Hess, MPH, RRT, RPFT. "Health policy" is a phrase that can end conversations as soon as they start. Most of us do not even like to think about things like policies or lobbying or regulations, let alone chat about them. All we really need to know about how a bill becomes law we learned from Schoolhouse Rock, right? However, it is very important to be familiar with what is happening in health policy. These rules can have big impacts on your health and financial well-being. Staying informed helps prevent you from surprises down the road. Today's blog is mean ..read more
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Your COPD and Mental Health are Connected: Care for Both
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2M ago
This article was written by Stephanie Williams, BS, RRT. Living with a chronic illness such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can sometimes make people feel anxious or sad. These feelings can affect how they manage their illness and their overall health, so it is important to spot the signs and know how to get help. In this blog, Dr. David Hatfield, a primary care doctor and chief physician executive at Village Medical, will give tips on how to feel better both physically and mentally by exercising, spending time with people, and having a good relationship with your doctor. Let's ..read more
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Tom the Truck Driver Drives COPD Awareness
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2M ago
This article was written by Tara Shedor, MA. The COPD Foundation was delighted to recently be introduced to Tom of Pennsylvania who is using his time on the road to raise awareness about COPD and inspire our community. The following is an interview with Tom who shares his story about how he became an advocate for those with COPD through supporting his wife, Renee. Who is your wife and how did she first become diagnosed with COPD? My wife's name is Renee. She is 60 years old and will be 61 on April 25. She was diagnosed with COPD about 10 years ago. At that time, I had no idea what it was. She ..read more
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The Future of COPD Research: Overcoming Current Barriers
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7M ago
This article was written by Michael W. Hess, MPH, RRT, RPFT. After November, many people feel COPD Awareness Month is behind them. However, for the millions of people affected by COPD, awareness of this condition never goes away. Living with a chronic breathing problem can affect literally every moment of every day. That is why it is so important to not only make sure people with COPD have access to the best available therapies, but that medical research includes helping people breathe better at the top of the list. I recently asked Dr. David Mannino, Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of th ..read more
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Empowering Your Journey to Better Lung Health: A Conversation with Your Primary Care Provider
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9M ago
This article was written by Crystal Rothhaar, BS. Are you at risk for chronic lung disease? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive and potentially debilitating lung condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It comprises several conditions, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and can be caused by genetics and irritants such as smoke or pollution. In the United States cigarette smoking remains the most common cause but data suggests that 25-40% of COPD occurs in never smokers. Other risk factors include genetics, air pollution, occupational exposures, as ..read more
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The Connection Between Mental and Physical Health
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9M ago
This post was written by: Amanda Atkinson, MSN, RN. We live in a changing world where it seems like the pressures around us grow every day. Mental wellness has never been more important. Mental well-being is not just trendy or a buzzword, it is an important part of our overall health and happiness. Just as we make the health of our body a priority, we must also make our mental wellness a priority. Some people think that these two parts of us are separate. In reality, they are tightly connected. Dr. Kiran Palande and I discuss some common questions about how your mental health and physical heal ..read more
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What’s Going On with the IRA?: An update on the Inflation Reduction Act with Jamie Sullivan
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9M ago
This article was written by Bailey McCrary. My name is Bailey McCrary, Advocacy and Public Policy Manager at the COPD Foundation. As you may be aware, changes to Medicare have been discussed by the United States government. Because these changes could impact COPD patients, I wanted to learn more about one of the sources of these changes: the Inflation Reduction Act. I decided to chat with Jamie Sullivan, Senior Director of Public Policy at the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases. Jamie spent 10 years with the COPD Foundation and is a subject matter expert on health policy. She will help us ..read more
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