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Diet Rich in Tomatoes and Apples May Help Repair Lungs of Ex-Smokers

Thursday, January 4, 2018 @ 03:01 PM  posted by jbuytaert

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Tobacco Use

Published on December 27, 2017

A study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found the natural decline in lung function over a 10-year period was slower among former smokers with a diet high in tomatoes and apples.

The researchers found that adults who on average ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit a day had a slower decline in lung function compared to those who ate less than one tomato or less than one portion of fruit a day, respectively. The researchers inquired about other dietary sources such as dishes and processed foods containing fruits and vegetables (e.g. tomato sauce) but the protective effect was only observed in fresh fruit and vegetables.

The paper, which is part of the Ageing Lungs in European Cohorts (ALEC) Study, funded by the European Commission and led by Imperial College London, also found a slower decline in lung function among all adults, including those who had never or had stopped smoking, with the highest tomato consumption. Poor lung function has been linked with mortality risks from all diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, and lung cancer.


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Are Home Oxygen Systems Adequate? Patients Say ‘No’

Published on May 23, 2017

According to a new survey presented at ATS 2017, patients with lung disease report that they are unable to obtain home oxygen equipment that meets their needs thereby, forcing them to become isolated.

“This study provides additional insights into the anxiety and worry that plague home oxygen users’ daily lives,” said lead author Kathleen O. Lindell, RN, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and the ATS Nursing Assembly Working Group (“Working Group”).  “Patients’ responses to our survey were not surprising, however, as patients have been increasingly expressing dissatisfaction with their oxygen systems over the past few years.”

Even though patients and clinicians anecdotally report barriers in achieving oxygen services that match their needs, no recent studies have described issues from patients’ perspectives.  To respond to this need, the ATS Nursing Assembly Working Group, led by Susan Jacobs, MSN, RN, surveyed oxygen users to better understand the problems these patients experience. The quantitative analysis in this study augments and helps provide context for quantitative data from the survey.

Members of this Working Group designed a 60-item survey that was posted on websites of lung disease-focused patient and professional groups, and the ATS Public Advisory Roundtable.  Two questions were singled out for qualitative analysis.

Patients were asked:

  1. What is the biggest problem you would say you have with your oxygen?
  2. Is there some issue, other than those mentioned above, that you are having related to your oxygen?

One thousand nine hundred twenty-six people (1,926) responded to the 60-item survey, with 128 responding to question one and 745 responding to question two.

The researchers conducted a content analysis for questions one and two, and found similar themes in responses to both questions related to equipment issues, access, and anxiety over impaired quality of life. Continue Reading…

Enriching Lives: Brent Gregerson

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 02:12 PM  posted by jbuytaert

I helped Brent Gregerson set up a specialty bed and deliver a standing frame on Thursday, July 20th. The condition inside the homes, especially the bed set up, were literally sauna like. I observed three different things during my day with Brent that I feel were unforgettable, above and beyond service.

The manufacturing on some parts of the bed were not complete. Instead of waiting for the correct parts to come and potentially putting the customer at risk during the wait, Brent finished the manufacturing on site. I was very surprised that he even had the parts required with him!

After several hours we completed the bed set up, and the mom of the home asked if we could help her get some of her children out of a locked room. Brent immediately agreed to help. After a few minutes, the children were freed from a potentially dangerous situation.

After the bed set up, we had a standing frame to deliver before completing our day. The address we had in our system did not match where they now lived. Even though this would add another hour to an already long day and make us late to return to Handi Medical, Brent insisted that we complete the delivery and not reschedule. He made this decision even though he had plans after work.

Brent enriched the lives of several people that day, including mine. Because of his actions, the customers we served that day received their much needed equipment in a safe and competent manner. These actions also saved Handi at least two follow-up visits preventing extra workload for our internal customers and inconvenience to our external customers. A mom was also put at ease after a scary situation. Thank you for your great work Brent!