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Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Associates joins Penn State Health

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A leader in pulmonary and critical care in central Pennsylvania for more than 40 years is now part of Penn State Health Medical Group. The approximately 60 employees at the Lemoyne and Carlisle locations of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Associates (PCCMA), including 10 physicians and nine advanced practice providers, were welcomed into Penn State […]

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People with Autism Spectrum Disorder May be More Likely to Suffer with Impaired Sleep

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Autism Spectrum Disorder, also referred to as ASD or simply “autism,” is a neurodevelopment disorder that affects between one and two percent of the world’s population. Those with ASD are known to have trouble with communication and reciprocal social interactions. Research suggests that they also have a higher likelihood of suffering with a sleep disorder. […]

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Improving Chronic Lung Diseases with Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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Chronic lung diseases, such as COPD and emphysema, require ongoing medical attention to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. One treatment option is pulmonary rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is uniquely tailored for each patient, aiming to improve both psychological and physical side effects of chronic lung disease. Pulmonary rehabilitation is not a replacement for lung […]

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Using Relaxation Techniques to Help Treat Chronic Insomnia

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Those with chronic insomnia may want to add a new strategy to help supplement their existing treatment. Evidence shows that relaxation techniques can be used to effectively treat chronic insomnia. For many people, sleep disorders are related to stress. Relaxation techniques can cause a deep psychological shift to counteract the stress response that is often […]

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Vaping May Increase the Risk of Chronic Respiratory Disease

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Vaping May Increase the Risk of Chronic Respiratory Disease Vaping has become a controversial issue in the healthcare profession. Vapes and e-cigarettes have been touted as a safer alternative to smoking and can be used as a method to help smokers quit. There has recently been an influx of cases where vaping caused short-term health […]

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Light Pollution Could Cause Insomnia in Older Adults


Outdoor artificial lights are used to enhance vision for drivers and pedestrians at night and to make communities safer. For older adults who live in areas with higher levels of this outdoor light pollution, it may be harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine studied […]

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How Athletes Can Control Breathing Difficulties During Winter Workouts


Cold winter weather can make exercise more difficult. This is especially true for people with asthma. It’s estimated that 300 million people worldwide are living with asthma, according to the World Health Organization. At least 15 to 25 percent of athletes have asthma symptoms but haven’t been diagnosed with the disorder. However, it’s not only […]

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Sleep Apnea Could Double the Risk of Drug-Resistant Hypertension in African-Americans

Sleep Apnea Could Double the Risk of Drug-Resistant Hypertension in African-Americans

Sleep Apnea Could Double the Risk of Drug-Resistant Hypertension in African-Americans When a patient is diagnosed with hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure, their treatment typically consists of self-care and medications to help lower their blood pressure. If blood pressure isn’t reduced to normal range after taking medication for the condition, doctors must […]

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Daily Tips to Improve Lung Function for Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients

Daily Tips to Improve Lung Function for Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients

Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that causes scar tissue deep inside a person’s lungs. Many cases are idiopathic, meaning there is no known cause. Because the disease is progressive, symptoms worsen overtime. There is currently no cure, so starting treatment early is the best way to ensure a better quality of life. Medical treatments […]

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