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What is a PFT (Pulmonary Function Test)?

What is a PFT (Pulmonary Function Test)?

A pulmonary function test (PFT) measures how well a pair of lungs work. These simple, low-risk tests can assist in diagnosis and treatment of lung disorders. A physician may order a PFT to gain insight into a lung-related problem. They are common when diagnosing and monitoring chronic lung conditions, allergies, restrictive airway problems and respiratory […]

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How Does Winter Affect Asthma?

How Does Winter Affect Asthma?

For those living with asthma, it’s not uncommon for symptoms to worsen in the winter. The cold, dry winter air serves as an irritant for lung diseases like asthma, COPD and bronchitis. People spend more time indoors during the cool winter months, leaving them more exposed to asthma triggers such as mold, pet dander and […]

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PCCMA Invites Public to Learn About Common Sleep Problems at Community Event Feb. 9

PCCMA Invites Public to Learn About Common Sleep Problems at Community Event Feb. 9

80 million adults have sleep apnea; only 1 in 5 are diagnosed Experts to lead discussion on sleep apnea, treatment options Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Associates is holding a community event focusing on sleep apnea, a common condition that affects a person’s breathing during sleep. The event, free and open to the public, will […]

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Why Sleep Apnea Might Increase Cognitive Decline

Why Sleep Apnea Might Increase Cognitive Decline

Numerous studies conducted over the past decade suggest that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can have negative effects on the brain’s structure and function. Restorative sleep is necessary for brain health. Sleep apnea deprives the brain of a full, healthy sleep cycle leading to symptoms like shortened attention span, irritability, fatigue and trouble with short-term memory. […]

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Diabetes Drug Found to Treat Lung Disorder

Diabetes Drug Found to Treat Lung Disorder

Metformin is a drug commonly used to treat non-insulin-dependent diabetes. It targets cell metabolism to lower blood glucose levels. That same drug is now showing promise for treating pulmonary fibrosis. Pulmonary Fibrosis Pulmonary fibrosis causes scar tissue to grow inside the lungs. This causes low oxygen levels and causes difficulty breathing. The disease can be […]

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Lung Cancer: Early Detection is Key to Treatment

Lung Cancer: Early Detection is Key to Treatment

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. This is because most lung cancers are in advanced stages when first detected. During Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we’re focusing on the importance of early detection. Symptoms often don’t appear until the disease is widespread, leading to a lack of early diagnoses. Even early-stage symptoms are […]

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Does Vaping Cause Cancer?

Does Vaping Cause Cancer?

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigs or vaping products, have recently grown in popularity. The devices are widely considered an alternative to smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products. Conventional cigarettes deliver more than 4,000 chemicals and carcinogens to the lungs, making them a known cause of lung cancer. Though designed as a replacement for cigarettes, […]

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Diabetics at a Higher Risk for Lung Disease

Diabetics at a Higher Risk for Lung Disease

Diabetic patients are always told that their disease could affect their feet, heart and kidneys, but they should also be cognizant of how diabetes could put them at greater risk for certain lung conditions. Patients with a diabetes diagnosis are at increased risk for developing lung diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary […]

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Circadian Rhythm: Is your ‘Body Clock’ on Schedule?

Circadian Rhythm: Is your ‘Body Clock’ on Schedule?

A circadian rhythm is your body’s daily cycle. It keeps your physical, mental and behavioral changes working like clockwork. Most living things have circadian rhythms, including plants and microorganisms. Circadian rhythm is affected by natural factors produced by the body, but environmental factors like daylight can also have an effect. Sleep cycles, eating habits, digestion, […]

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COPD Complications in Flu Season

COPD Complications in Flu Season

Because influenza primarily affects the respiratory tract, it is especially dangerous for individuals with COPD and other preexisting respiratory conditions. The rate of unfavorable outcomes for patients with respiratory diseases – like COPD – is significantly higher than for the general population who contract the flu. Flu season is quickly approaching, which means patients with […]

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