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COPD HAS BECOME THE THIRD MAJOR CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNITED
STATES,
12 YEARS AHEAD OF PREDICTIONS. THERE WERE 141,075 DEATHS
IN 2008, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST
REPORT BY THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE
CONTROL.

"COPD is a disease characterized by a progressive airflow limitations
caused  by an abnormal inflammatory reaction to the chronic inhalation
of  particles. (...) From a review of data from all over the world, it is
clear that  tobacco is not the only cause of COPD."
(
Chest, 117/2/Feb. 2000 Supplement)

"Although COPD is a
leading cause of illness and death, its recognition
as a public health problem has been slow to evolve despite the rising
mortality rate for COPD and the decline in death rates for most of the
cardiovascular diseases. For example, between 1966 and 1995, the
age-adjusted death rates for coronary heart disease and stroke
declined by 45% and 58%, respectively, whereas the
death rate for
COPD increased by 71%!
" (Chest, 117/2/Feb. 2000 Supplement)

"COPD is a major and increasing health problem, which is predicted
to become the third commonest cause of death and the fifth commonest
cause of disability in the world by 2020. While there have been major
advances in the understanding and management of asthma, COPD has
been relatively neglected and there are no current therapies that reduce
the inevitable progression of this disease. However, because of the
enormous burden of disease and escalating healthcare costs, there is
now renewed interest in the underlying cellular and molecular
mechanisms and a search for new therapies, resulting in re-evaluation
of the disease. Despite its enormous global importance, there has been
relatively little research into COPD and it is the most underfunded
disease in relation to the global burden of disease." (
N Engl J Med
1999;340:1881-1887)

"....data from....US study suggest that
10% of persons with COPD account
for  > 70% of all medical care costs
. International studies of trends in
COPD-related hospitalization indicate that (...)
admissions per 1,000
persons per year for COPD have increased in all age groups > 45
years of age
. These trends reflect population aging, smoking patterns,
institutional factors, and treatment practices." (
Chest, 2000; 112:5S-9S)

While the death rate for COPD continues to climb (141,075 in 2008),
the
funding for research Is meager each year. SEE LATEST STATISTICS
The tremendous underfunding of COPD research has a very negative
impact on the development of new COPD drugs
. See the 2010
PhaRMA comparative statistics
here.

The Global Obstructive Lung Disease Initiative, initiated by the National
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the World Health Organization, aims
to raise awareness of the increasing burden of COPD, decrease
morbidity and mortality, promote further study of the condition, and
implement programs to prevent COPD. It is your responsibility as a
citizen and a patient - if you happen to be one - to demand that the
governments and legislative bodies worldwide launch a massive
campaign to find effective treatment and possibly cure for this
debilitating and deadly disease. You owe it to yourself and to the future
generations.

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-- ADVENTURES OF AN OXY-PHILE 2 --
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AUDIO.
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INFORMATION ABOUT PORTABLE OXYGEN EQUIPMENT
       (portables and POC) here

GUIDE ON TRAVEL WITH OXYGEN
        (Healthcare Associates)

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MEDICARE GUIDANCE ON OXYGEN!!!
CMS guidance overview here.
SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR OXYGEN USERS NOTED
here.
Contact your congressman and senators!

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CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT
H.R. 1717, WHICH WILL ELIMINATE COMPETITIVE BIDDING BY
REPLACING IT WITH THE MARKET PRICING PROGRAM, PROTECTING
MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES WHO RECEIVE HOMECARE AND THE
HOMECARE PROVIDERS WHO SERVE THEM.
MORE INFORMATION
HERE.
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BARBARA ROGERS, ONE OF THE MOST VOCAL ADVOCATES FOR
PULMONARY PATIENTS, PASSED AWAY. AS THE CEO OF
RESPIRATORY RESOURCES AND EARLIER THE PRESIDENT AND CEO
OF THE NATIONAL EMPHYSEMA/COPD ASSOCIATION SHE WALKED
THE HALLS OF THE CONGRESS, TESTIFIED AT THE CMS AND FDA,
AND SPOKE AT PULMONARY CONFERENCES IN THE U.S. AND IN
EUROPE. SHE WAS A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF COPD-ALERT
ORGANIZATION OF WHICH SHE WAS A LONGTIME MEMBER. HER
CONTRIBUTIONS HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS AND SHE WILL BE SORELY
MISSED BY THE COPD COMMUNITY. WE SHARE THE PAIN AND LOSS
OF HER FAMILY.
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