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Oxygen Therapy Little Help for Those With Milder COPD

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – A new study says that oxygen therapy may not help people in the less severe stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is an umbrella term for the lung diseases chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The study findings could change clinical practice, the researchers added. In 2014, close to 16 million Americans said they'd been diagnosed with COPD, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease stands as the third-leading cause of death in the United States. One common treatment for COPD is supplemental oxygen – with both portable and at-home devices. The therapy has been proven to prolong the lives of COPD patients with severe decreases in their blood oxygen levels, said study corresponding author Dr. Robert Wise. What's been unclear, he said, is whether it benefits patients with moderately low oxygen levels – ... Read more

Related support groups: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Maintenance, Oxygen, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Acute, Alpha-1 Proteinase Inhibitor Deficiency

Health Tip: The Benefits of Oxygen Therapy

Posted 30 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Oxygen therapy provides extra oxygen if you have a health condition that prevents you from getting enough. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute mentions these potential benefits: Improved shortness of breath. Improved sleep, if you're bothered by a breathing disorder during slumber. Improved quality of life and lifespan for some people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Read more

Related support groups: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Oxygen, Respiratory Tract Disease

'Mud Bogging' Motor Sport Tied to Carbon Monoxide Poisonings, Deaths

Posted 9 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 – The off-road motor sport known as mud bogging can put drivers and passengers at risk of potentially lethal carbon monoxide poisoning, researchers say. Like its name implies, mud bogging involves navigating a vehicle through muddy pits or tracks. The problem is, mud can clog exhaust pipes, sending carbon monoxide into the cabin of the vehicle. The hazard first received widespread attention in 2013, when Shain Gandee, the 21-year-old star of the MTV series "Buckwild," died of carbon monoxide exposure while mud bogging. Two other men, one of them Gandee's uncle, were also found dead in the vehicle, according to published reports. But that was not an isolated case. Reporting in the Sept. 10 New England Journal of Medicine, doctors at one U.S. hospital report on similar incidents that landed four teenagers in the emergency room. In one, an 18-year-old driver and a ... Read more

Related support groups: Oxygen, Poisoning

Oxygen Chamber Therapy May Ease Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – The majority of women with fibromyalgia who underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy – best known for treating "the bends" in scuba divers – experienced relief from pain and other symptoms, a small study found. Brain scans of the patients showed that two months of hyperbaric oxygen therapy may have also repaired abnormal brain activity in pain-related areas of the brain, the researchers said. "Seventy percent of the patients could not be categorized as suffering from fibromyalgia at the end of the treatment," said study author Dr. Shai Efrati, director of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research in Tel Aviv, Israel. "The good correspondence between the physiological improvements and the changes in brain functionality ... make the results particularly convincing," Efrati added. The research is published in the June issue of the journal PLOS ONE. ... Read more

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