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Devon Slavens


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Your Guide to the Many Forms of Pneumonia & How They Affect COPD

Oct 6, 2020 3:56:26 PM / by Devon Slavens posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, asthma, wellness goals, COPD education, COPD management, wellness for seniors

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Pneumonia is a somewhat common and potentially serious type of lung infection that, on average, causes more than a quarter of a million hospitalizations and about 50,000 deaths in the US every year. Anyone can get pneumonia, but it's significantly more dangerous for older adults and people with chronic lung diseases like COPD.

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8 Surprising Ways that COPD Affects Women Worse Than Men: Tips for Managing the Risks and Challenges that Face Women with COPD

Sep 15, 2020 12:54:53 PM / by Devon Slavens posted in Tips and Hacks, diet, COPD education, COPD management

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When it comes to sex and gender-related differences in COPD, women certainly seem to get the short end of the stick. Studies show that women not only tend to be more prone to getting COPD, but also suffer from worse symptoms, later diagnoses, and other COPD-related health problems more often than men.

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COPD & Lung Cancer: What's the Connection and How Can You Reduce Your Risk?

Aug 21, 2020 11:23:12 AM / by Devon Slavens posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, wellness goals, COPD education, COPD management, wellness for seniors

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COPD is a complicated disease that comes with a variety of extraneous health concerns, including an increased risk for several other serious diseases. One of those diseases is lung cancer, a condition that is quite different from COPD, but still linked to the chronic lung disease in numerous ways.

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18 Dangerous Habits That Could Be Making Your COPD Worse

Jul 9, 2020 1:28:08 PM / by Devon Slavens posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, wellness goals, COPD education, COPD management, wellness for seniors

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Lungs affected by COPD are very sensitive, particularly to things like respiratory irritants, physical strain, and less-than-ideal breathing conditions (such as hot or humid air). Because of this, if you have COPD, you've probably noticed that your COPD symptoms tend to flare up in certain environments or when you do certain things.

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10 Things You Need to Know About Supplemental Oxygen Before You Start Oxygen Therapy at Home

Jun 12, 2020 10:27:11 AM / by Devon Slavens posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Portable Oxygen, Tips and Hacks, portable oxygen concentrator, oxygen therapy

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Home oxygen therapy is a normal part of daily life for many people with COPD. But if you're new to oxygen therapy, or about to begin using it soon, having to make that change can seem daunting or even downright scary.

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How Your COPD Inhaler Helps You Manage Your Symptoms & Control Your Disease

May 25, 2020 9:13:00 AM / by Devon Slavens posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Tips and Hacks

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Inhaled medications form the backbone of COPD treatment, and they're vital tools for keeping the respiratory symptoms of COPD under control. If you're like most people with COPD, you probably have at least one inhaler to help you manage your symptoms at home.

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How Steroids Can Prevent COPD Flare-Ups and Help You Recover from Exacerbations

May 4, 2020 3:19:00 PM / by Devon Slavens posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Tips and Hacks

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The primary purpose of most COPD medications is to help relieve the normal, everyday symptoms of COPD, such as coughing and shortness of breath. Steroid medications, however, contribute to COPD treatment in an entirely different way.

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COPD Medication Basics: How Antibiotics Help You Recover from Exacerbations and Respiratory Infections

Apr 20, 2020 11:02:00 AM / by Devon Slavens posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Tips and Hacks

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Antibiotics are a special class of medications that specifically target, weaken, and kill bacteria. They're one of the best tools that modern medicine has to fight bacterial infections, and they're also an important tool for COPD treatment.

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Should You Get Tested For COPD?

Apr 8, 2020 2:12:00 PM / by Devon Slavens posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Tips and Hacks

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If you are worried that you might have COPD, you are certainly not alone. It is a common, yet scary disease, and it's important to look out for the signs and symptoms as you age.

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How to Protect a Child from Respiratory Diseases Like Asthma & COPD

Mar 27, 2020 9:09:00 AM / by Devon Slavens posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Tips and Hacks, asthma

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If you are a parent or guardian, then you know what it's like to worry about your children's health, whether it's concern about illnesses, unhealthy environments, or risk for future disease. This worry is natural, and even rational, as early childhood experiences can have an effect your children's long-term health.

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