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New Treatments for COPD: What RTs Need to Know 21 Feb

RTs know COPD as a disease that’s mainly treated with inhaled and systemic medications, lifestyle changes, and ideally, pulmonary rehabilitation. But several new treatments are coming down the pike as well. Here’s what you need to know about them – Targeted Lung Denervation In targeted lung denervation (TLD), a special catheter is passed through a… Read more »

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Developing COPD Peer Support Groups 28 Nov

Patient Education is an important tool for self-care. This GateWay Community College student is teaching diaphragmatic breathing by demonstrating and getting the patient to return-demonstration during pulmonary rehab at the clinic. (Photo Courtesy of Gateway Community College) Giving your COPD patients a network of peer support offers a platform for empathy and understanding. It’s a… Read more »

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Starting a COPD Program 30 Oct

Providing a network of support, education, and guidance for your COPD patients greatly benefits their health care. But how do you start developing a COPD Program for your patients? We asked AARC Member Denise McKinnon, RRT, AE-C, CTTS, from Duke University Hospital in North Carolina, to share her tips for developing a COPD Program. About… Read more »

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4 COPD Questions for Dr. Meilan Han 28 Nov

As medical director of the Women’s Respiratory Health Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an investigator for the COPDGene study and the Subpopulations and Intermediate Outcome Measures In COPD study, Meilan Han, MD, MS, is intimately familiar with the needs of the COPD population. She addressed many of those concerns during… Read more »

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Special COPD Broadcast: “Remembering Leonard” 21 Nov

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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