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2010-09-20 09:29:00

Additional patient-centered outcome measures are under review WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To improve healthcare quality and give patients and providers more information about the results of care, the National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed eight outcome measures for pulmonary and cardiovascular conditions and care provided in the intensive care unit (ICU). This is the first in a set of patient outcome measures NQF is reviewing. Additional measures that will be...

2010-09-08 09:00:00

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The country's newest health initiative, DRIVE4COPD, announced today that it has added the largest association of respiratory therapists - The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) - to its ranks. The AARC joins DRIVE4COPD, the Official Health Initiative of NASCAR®, and fellow partnering organizations the American Lung Association, COPD Foundation and founding sponsor Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in a...

2010-05-17 07:00:02

Obese patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) stand to gain as much from pulmonary rehabilitation as their slimmer counterparts, even though as a group they have a lower exercise capacity, according to new research from the University Hospitals of Leicester in the UK. "Like the healthy population, the prevalence of obesity is increasing in those with COPD," said Neil Greening, M.B.B.S, M.R.C.P., who led the study. "There is evidence that obesity may lower exercise capacity...

2009-12-11 13:56:00

DALLAS, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For their unique Return to Work Lab which focuses on individualized rehabilitation for younger, more active cardiac patients, the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at the Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital was recently awarded the Innovation Award from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The award acknowledges programs that have enhanced their delivery of care for a patient...

2009-08-31 11:34:00

Proposed Medicare Ruling Would End Pulmonary Rehab for Thousands of Dying Patients SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, pulmonary fibrosis (PF) patient Ellen Foley went to the pulmonary rehabilitation (rehab) program near her home in Middlesex, N.C. At the same time, the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) took a stand for her and thousands of patients like her. Soon, Foley may not be able to go to therapy if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)...

2009-07-24 07:36:17

Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) can have a significantly beneficial effect in patients with severe emphysema, according to the first ever study to randomize emphysema patients to receive either LVRS or non-surgical medical care."We found lung reduction surgery is good treatment alternative for selected emphysema patients since it not only improves survival but also meaningfully improves quality of life for a period of at least five years after the operation," said lead author of the...

2008-12-03 09:03:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) today announced the launch of its newly designed patient guide offered to patients and families fighting pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a devastating and ultimately fatal disorder characterized by progressive and relentless lung scarring and affecting more than 128,000 Americans. Prevalence and incidence of PF has increased more than 150 percent since 2000 and PF claims 40,000 lives each year - the same...

2008-11-03 09:00:07

Ingen Technologies, Inc. (Pink Sheets:ITEC) announced today that it is responding to the most current statistics regarding chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which indicates that it is the third leading cause of death globally. One of every four men and one of every six women will develop COPD if they live to 95. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease describes a number of conditions that obstruct airflow in and out of the lungs. Patients with chronic respiratory illness are at...

2008-09-18 00:00:30

By RICH DAVIS Courier & Press staff writer 464-7516 or davisr@courierpress.com Sounding like a cheerful school music teacher, exercise physiologist Liesl Fraley eyes her class, several of them hooked to portable oxygen units. "I have a packet of songs for you, ha-ha," the transplant from South Africa announces impishly. "OK, get your music books out, get the instrument warmed up. Let's warm up the lungs and the harmonica a little bit." It's early on a weekday afternoon at St. Mary's...

2008-09-14 21:00:09

By CHRISTINE L PRATT By CHRISTINE L. PRATT Staff Writer WOOSTER -- He's seen the positive effects on the longevity and quality of life for many patients. Now a local respiratory therapist is refreshed to know recent legislation will help to ensure delivery of necessary services to patients suffering from chronic lung and cardiac problems. Jim Freehahn has been a respiratory therapist since 1993 and came in 1997 to Wooster Community Hospital, where he is lead therapist for the...