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Archive: September 2017

The Bronchiectasis and NTM Information Line is now open!

Posted on September 25, 2017   |   
Author: Gretchen   |   
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The COPD Foundation is happy to announce the release of the Bronchiectasis and NTM Information Line: 1-833-411-LUNG (5864). The Bronchiectasis and NTM Information Line is a toll-free number managed by the C.O.P.D. Information Line for peer-to-peer information and referrals on Bronchiectasis and NTM by patients and caregivers. Callers receive one-on-one support from an Associate that speaks English and Spanish.

All Information Line Associates are trained over a rigorous 80-hour process on customer service and call etiquette, service to sales, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, patient resources, and the programs of the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative.

The Bronchiectasis and NTM Information Line is now available for patients, caregivers, and friends looking for more information. A live Associate can be reached Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm ET.

 

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Tags: Bronchiectasis COPD Info Line NTM
Categories: Support

Why Weather can Worsen your Lung Condition

Posted on September 05, 2017   |   
Author: Gretchen   |   
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This blog post was written by Katie Keating, RN, MS, patient advocate

Weather can affect most of us in general, but understanding weather forecasts is especially important for people with respiratory disorders.  My objective is to discuss a few of the different terms often used during weather forecasts and to share experiences I have had in regard to the weather. I hope that this will help you to have a better understanding of their meaning and how they may impact you as a patient. I sometimes have days when I feel awful, not realizing that it is a temporary issue due to the weather. Please note that this is my experience, but this may not always be the case and you should always contact your doctor if you are unsure.

Dew point is the first temperature at which the moisture in the air begins or would begin to collect on surfaces. Humidity refers to the saturation of the water vapor or moisture and is expressed in percentages. 

A high relative humidity implies that the dew point is closer to the current air temperature. Relative humidity of 100% indicates the dew point is equal to the current temperature and that the air is maximally saturated with water.  High relative humidity is when air is holding as much water vapor as it can. For clouds to form, and rain to start, the air does have to reach 100% relative humidity. Typically, rain falls into air with less than saturated humidity. More moisture in the air results in less oxygen to breathe and some patients may experience bronchospasm. Bronchospasms are a spasm of bronchial smooth muscle producing narrowing of the bronchi.

The following link goes to a TEMPERATURE/DEW POINT/RELATIVE HUMIDITY CALCULATOR. Although this was designed to be used to preserve artifacts, it also provides an indication for possible humidity, mold growth, etc. Dew point is the better measurement of how humid the air feels.

Heat Index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual temperature. You can use this HEAT INDEX CALCULATOR of quantity expressing the discomfort felt as a result of the combined effects of the temperature and humidity of the air.

 

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Tags: bronch and NTM Quality of Life weather
Categories: Awareness

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