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5 Things to Know Before Your Sleep Study

5 Things to Know Before Your Sleep Study

The average adult requires between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for their body to function optimally throughout the day. Unfortunately, up to 70 million adults in the U.S. have a sleep disorder that prevents them from getting consistently restful sleep. To diagnose and treat sleep disorders, medical professionals often recommend that patients […]

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New Inhalation System Treats Premature Babies with Lung Disease

New Inhalation System Treats Premature Babies with Lung Disease

Fifteen million preterm babies are born each year worldwide. Oftentimes, the lungs of infants born prematurely haven’t had time to fully develop. Premature newborns often need artificial ventilation to supplement existing lung function. While necessary, this treatment can sometimes cause bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a chronic lung disease. Because premature infants have suppressed immune systems, they also […]

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Sleep Disorders May Affect Women Sooner than Men

Sleep Disorders May Affect Women Sooner than Men

It’s a misconception that snoring is a common problem that doesn’t require medical attention. Research shows that anyone who snores should see a doctor to rule out a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea (which studies now show may increase to cognitive decline). However, snoring may not be the only warning sign a person should […]

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FDA Approves Valve for the Treatment of Emphysema

FDA Approves Valve for the Treatment of Emphysema

Emphysema is a progressive, life-threatening form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that affects an estimated 3.5 million Americans. In patients with emphysema, walls between the lungs’ air sacs are damaged, inhibiting oxygen flow. This can cause shortness of breath that makes everyday tasks very difficult. New Treatment Option for Emphysema Until recently, treatment for […]

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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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