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 …

It was easier to smoke than find food

Jane didn’t manage to quit smoking until after she got COPD. But giving up cigarettes in time helped her to survive lung cancer and a pneumonectomy. When I was diagnosed with lung cancer, I really thought it was all over. Then one of my friends told me “nothing is set in stone”. And I’m still here, 16 years later. Cigarettes were easier than …

Study Reveals Mechanism by Which Stem Cells Improve Symptoms in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

In response to the limitation of current treatments of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers have posted that stem cells may be a good option for patients who suffer from COPD. One of the key characteristics of COPD is inflammation seen in the lungs, and this inflammation leads to tissue destruction. Thus, researchers have tried to zero in on stem cells …

COPD: “It’s like Suffocating to Death”

By Alison Johnson Many people might be able to guess the first- and second-leading causes of death in the United States: heart disease, followed by all types of cancer. As for No. 3, few probably could. It’s not stroke, not accidents, not Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes, but Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD. Now, a new anti-smoking campaign from the …