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‘I was wrong’: Judge admits jailing people for pot ‘haunts’ him after cannabis saved his life

Prior to this year, the state of Florida was regarded as one of the worst possible states to be caught in possession of cannabis. According to a 2009 analysis by former NORML Director Jon Gettman, no state in this country punished people more severely for minor marijuana offenses than Florida. However, thanks in part to a former Florida judge, all this is …

Getting Your Best Sleep – Even With COPD

A restful night’s sleep can be elusive when you have COPD. Do you have to sleep somewhat upright, find yourself getting your oxygen tubing tangled up in your covers or wake up through the night with coughing or shortness of breath? If so, getting enough quality sleep can be a real challenge. Depression, anxiety and medications can also disrupt the quality of your sleep experience. Sleep is …

Healthy Lungs #2: Marijuana And COPD

In this second installment of our Healthy Lungs series, we’ll look at the case for medical marijuana and COPD. It’s no myth that marijuana smokers have an increased lung capacity. But, can the herb actually help treat chronic respiratory illnesses? Contrary to popular belief, many patients with respiratory diseases have found relief with cannabis oil. In this second installment of our Healthy …

Pneumonia & COPD: All You Need To Know

Pneumonia is a common cause of COPD flare-ups. Here is all you need to know about the link between pneumonia and COPD. What is it’s history? Pneumonia has a long history, going all the way back to the ancient and primitive worlds. It was described for the medical community by Hippocrates around 400 B.C. Still, little was known about it until the end of the …

Different COPD Stages: How Do You Know It’s Near the End

COPD Stage 1 (Mild) is where you want to catch the disease to be diagnosed. However, due to the lack of symptoms it often goes undiagnosed until a later stage. The main reason COPD Stage 1 symptoms go unnoticed is because according to GOLD guidelines, stage 1 COPD patients still have an FEV1 of 80% or higher. A lot of times, patients can …

Tips for Staying Healthy With Stage 3/Severe COPD

COPD is a chronic inflammatory illness of the lungs and airways that gets progressively worse over time. How long that takes can vary from months to years. Eventually, though, most people who have a diagnosis of COPD will end up in Stage 3, which is also called “severe COPD.” For the purposes of assessment and treatment, COPD status is divided into four …

3 Simple Tips for Eating and Feeling Better with COPD

It’s no secret that proper nutrition is a vital element in the charge towards a vibrant and healthy life. Certain foods and the compounds found within them have the ability to contribute to health and well-being. Likewise, the wrong foods at the wrong time, or simply too much of a particular food, can be problematic. Today we’ll consider 3 simple dietary considerations …

Clearing the air about COPD

Just how common is COPD? And just how disheartening and confusing can a diagnosis be? These are questions our Senior Contributor Ted Koppel has been grappling with for very many years, and very close to home, as he’ll be telling us in our Cover Story:  Everything I tell you this morning is factual, but I can’t pretend to be objective …

Tips for Staying Healthy With Moderate COPD

COPD is a chronic, progressive illness, but you can help yourself stay as healthy as possible during each stage by following a treatment plan and making some lifestyle changes. For the purposes of treatment, COPD is classified into 4 different stages. In Stage 2, which is also called moderate COPD, symptoms are more apparent than in mild COPD. Lung function has deteriorated to the …

COPD, sensory function, and secretions management

COPD in the ICU It’s another day in the ICU, consulted to see a patient with (COPD) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease exacerbation. Nurse reports intermittent coughing with meals. Entering the room, the patient has audible wet voice, wheezing, increased work of breathing, fatigue, and weak cough with congestion. Clinical intuition kicks in, contemplating the potential dysphagia severity, with the impaired …