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21 Nov

Special COPD Broadcast: “Remembering Leonard”

Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015 During the month of November, PBS is airing a special film: “Remembering Leonard.” This film looks at the life and legacy of Leonard Nimoy and his battle with COPD. The documentary was produced and directed by Nimoy’s daughter, Julie, and son-in-law, David Knight. Nimoy, best known for playing the role of Spock in… Read more »

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20 Nov

Special COPD Broadcast

Veteran journalist Ted Koppel with wife Grace Anne Dorney Koppel. To help further awareness of COPD, CBS will air a special segment on Sunday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. EST as part of its CBS Sunday Morning series. The broadcast is hosted by veteran journalist Ted Koppel, who has a unique tie to this topic as… Read more »

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01 Nov

COPD Awareness Month: NHLBI Message for AARC Members

As part of National COPD Awareness Month, the AARC will be highlighting the critical role that respiratory therapists provide to patients with COPD. Together, we can empower people with COPD, their families, and caregivers to reduce the burden of the disease. Kicking off the month is a special video message from Dr. James P. Kiley,… Read more »

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21 Aug

This is How AARC Members are Implementing the COPD National Action Plan

The COPD National Action Plan released by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute last spring included five overarching goals aimed at: Promoting public awareness and understanding of COPD. Increasing the skills and education of health care providers. Encouraging increased data collection, analysis, and sharing. Increasing and sustaining COPD research. Fostering collaboration to translate the… Read more »

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31 Jul

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, making this a great opportunity to remind your patients to get their appropriate vaccines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thousands of American adults get sick each year from diseases that vaccines can prevent. For patients with asthma or COPD, vaccines are an important step… Read more »

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21 Jun

Home Oxygen Patients Need More from RTs

In 2016, the AARC circulated a survey aimed at looking at the role of the respiratory therapist in pre- and post-discharge practices specific to COPD. Now the results are in, and according to AARC Executive Director Thomas Kallstrom, MBA, RRT, FAARC, who co-authored an abstract on the study that was presented at the recent American… Read more »

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22 May

COPD National Action Plan Released

The AARC was on hand for the press conference held Monday morning to announce the COPD National Action Plan. The final version of the COPD National Action Plan was released May 23 during a panel discussion that took place during the American Thoracic Society conference in Washington, DC. “Sixteen million Americans have been diagnosed with… Read more »

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