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The benefits of at-home nebulization

For those living with respiratory ailments such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), impaired breathing is a day-to-day reality.

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Intrinsic, automatic and naturally effortless, breathing is often taken for granted. But if you have experienced a congested nose due to a cold or blocked airways because of a cough, then you would know the challenges brought about by impaired breathing. 

For those living with respiratory ailments such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), impaired breathing is a day-to-day reality.

Respiratory diseases are alarmingly rampant across the globe. Asthma and COPD, in particular, are significant public health burdens. According to the World Health Organization, COPD is the third leading cause of death worldwide, with 3.23 million deaths recorded in 2019. During the same year, WHO reported that asthma affected about 262 million people globally, with deaths hitting 461,000. Asthma remains the most common chronic disease among children.

A recent statement by the Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) also pointed to the risk of long-term effects of COVID-19 among those with respiratory ailments that were infected with coronavirus disease.

Fortunately, advancements in science and technology have now made it easier to treat and manage various respiratory ailments. Yes, even at home. People suffering from an asthma attack or a COPD flare-up can now find immediate relief through breathing devices such as nebulizers.

How nebulization can help you breathe easy

Nebulizers are a type of breathing apparatus used for the administration of medicated vapors. While most commonly prescribed for and used by asthmatics, nebulizers can also help address many other respiratory conditions, including COPD, acute bronchitis, allergic rhinitis and cough. This is why medical health experts and government health specialists continue to encourage the use of nebulizers as these can help save the lives of those with chronic respiratory ailments. 

Having your own nebulizer at home can spell the difference between managing an attack and having to go to the hospital. Here are the biggest benefits of at-home nebulization:

  • Faster results. For someone having difficulty breathing, minutes can feel like hours. With a nebulizer, the patient can be given immediate relief and the asthma attack or COPD flare-ups can be prevented from escalating into an even bigger health concern. Home nebulizer therapy delivers direct medication straight to the appropriate areas of respiratory tracts (upper or lower) which is very important for delivering the desired effect This kind of treatment works faster and gets better results with smaller doses than pills or shots.
  • Fewer side effects. Compared to oral medications, nebulizers can be used for years with less risk of side effects associated with long-term use of steroids such as bone loss, weight gain, high blood pressure, high blood glucose and susceptibility to infection.
  • Convenient and easy to use. Unlike with other devices such as inhalers, home nebulizer therapy does not require the patient to coordinate his or her breathing with the machine. For this reason, doctors often recommend nebulizers for people who may have difficulty using inhalers. Also, nebulizers can come in smaller sizes, which make them easy to unpack, set up and take anywhere.

A common misconception about nebulizers is that they are complicated and hard to use. On the contrary, nebulizers are actually very simple to operate. 

Recent improvements in healthcare technology have made nebulizers such as OMRON’s NE-C101 more user-friendly. The NE-C101 is efficient and ensures a quick and reliable treatment for adults and children alike. Its compact design helps make it easier to manage the entire family’s respiratory health at home. 

Consider getting your family its own home nebulizer today because when it comes to health, prevention is always much better than cure. With OMRON’s Compressor Nebulizer NE-C101, a convenient and long-term health solution at home or on the go is right at your fingertips. 

For more information about OMRON Healthcare’s products and their availability, please visit https://www.omronhealthcare-ap.com/ph.

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5 Steps for women to reduce their risk of COPD

Women tend to develop COPD earlier in life than men and are more likely to have severe symptoms and be hospitalized with the disease. The good news? According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk for COPD.

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If you’re a woman who tries to stay healthy, you may exercise several times per week, watch what you eat and get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. But are you listening to your lungs?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a leading cause of disability and death in the United States, takes an especially heavy toll on women. You may think problems like shortness of breath, frequent coughs or wheezing are just signs of getting older, but it’s important to pay attention to these symptoms and discuss them with your doctor.

COPD is a serious lung disease that causes breathing problems and worsens over time. It has often been considered a man’s disease. Yet more women than men have been diagnosed with COPD in the past decade, and over the past 20 years more women have died from it, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Women tend to develop COPD earlier in life than men and are more likely to have severe symptoms and be hospitalized with the disease. The good news? According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk for COPD.

Don’t Smoke

You probably already know cigarette smoking is harmful  but did you know that women may be more vulnerable to the effects of smoking? Women who smoke tend to get COPD at younger ages and with less cigarettes smoked than men. COPD is the leading cause of death among U.S. women smokers.

If you do smoke, it’s never too late to quit.

If you thought vaping was a healthy alternative to smoking, think again. Researchers are still learning about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes, but they may contain as many, if not more, harmful chemicals than tobacco cigarettes.

Avoid Pollutants

Among people with COPD who have never smoked, most are women. Women may be more vulnerable to indoor and outdoor air pollution. Women’s smaller lungs and airways mean the same amount of inhaled pollutants may cause more damage.

Working in places like nail salons, hair salons or dry cleaners can expose you to harmful chemicals. If you’re exposed to chemical fumes at your job, talk to your employer about ways to limit exposure. Better ventilation and wearing a mask can help.

Stay Current on Vaccines

People at risk for COPD are more likely to have serious problems resulting from some vaccine-preventable diseases. Ask a health care provider about getting vaccinated against the flu, pneumococcal disease and COVID-19.

Talk to Your Doctor About COPD

Women with COPD tend to be diagnosed later than men when the disease is more severe and treatments are less effective. If you think you could be at risk, or you are having symptoms, bring it up with your health care provider. Treatment can ease symptoms and improve your ability to exercise.

Learn More to Breathe Better

Find more information on COPD from NHLBI’s Learn More Breathe Better program at copd.nhlbi.nih.gov.

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2 Steps to save a life

“By equipping people with Hands-Only CPR training, we are empowering them to spring into action if a loved one needs help, as the majority of cardiac arrests occur at home.”

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More than 350,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur annually outside hospital settings. However, a hands-on emergency intervention like cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

According to the American Heart Association, 70% of cardiac arrests – electrical malfunctions in the heart that cause an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupt the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – occur at home, but often family and friends who witness a child, spouse, parent or friend going into cardiac arrest hesitate to perform potentially lifesaving CPR for fear of making the situation worse.

“By equipping people with Hands-Only CPR training, we are empowering them to spring into action if a loved one needs help, as the majority of cardiac arrests occur at home,” said Dr. Anezi Uzendu, M.D., interventional cardiologist and American Heart Association volunteer.

As part of its Hands-Only CPR campaign, nationally supported by the Elevance Health Foundation, the American Heart Association aims to increase awareness about the importance of bystander CPR and offers these two simple steps:

1.      Call 911.
2.      Push hard and fast in the center of the chest of the individual experiencing cardiac arrest.

Using the beat of a familiar song with 100-120 beats per minute, such as “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, can help you stay on pace with the necessary compressions.

“Being able to efficiently perform Hands-Only CPR in the moment can mean the difference between life and death, and by following these two simple steps we can increase someone’s chance of survival from cardiac arrest,” said Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., board certified emergency medicine doctor and chief health officer at Elevance Health. “As a longstanding supporter of the American Heart Association, we remain focused on working together to improve health inequities in our communities by expanding access to training and increasing the number of people who learn and feel confident performing Hands-Only CPR to save lives.”

To find more information, watch a livestream video demonstration of Hands-Only CPR or download a first aid smartphone app, visit heart.org/CPR.

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What you eat could contribute to your menstrual cramps

Roughly 90% of adolescent girls experience menstrual pain. Most use over-the-counter medicine to manage the pain but with limited positive results. Evidence has highlighted that diets high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in processed foods, oil, and sugar reduce inflammation, a key contributor to menstrual pain.

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Despite the fact that menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea) is the leading cause of school absences for adolescent girls, few girls seek treatment. An analysis of relevant studies suggests that diet may be a key contributor, specifically diets high in meat, oil, sugar, salt, and coffee, which have been shown to cause inflammation.

Roughly 90% of adolescent girls experience menstrual pain. Most use over-the-counter medicine to manage the pain but with limited positive results. Evidence has highlighted that diets high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in processed foods, oil, and sugar reduce inflammation, a key contributor to menstrual pain.

This analysis was designed to study the effect of diet on menstrual pain and identify which foods contribute to it and which can reduce it. Research was conducted through a literature review that found multiple studies that examined dietary patterns that resulted in menstrual pain. In general terms, these studies found that diets high in omega-6 fatty acids promote inflammation and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids reduce it. The muscles in the uterus contract because of prostaglandins, which are active in inflammatory responses. When measuring the Dietary Inflammatory Index, it was found that those on a vegan diet (that excluded animal fat) had the lowest rates of inflammation.

“Researching the effects of diet on menstrual pain started as a search to remedy the pain I personally experienced; I wanted to understand the science behind the association. Learning about different foods that increase and decrease inflammation, which subsequently increase or reduce menstrual pain, revealed that diet is one of the many contributors to health outcomes that is often overlooked. I am hopeful that this research can help those who menstruate reduce the pain they experience and shed light on the importance of holistic treatment options,” says Serah Sannoh, lead author of the poster presentation from Rutgers University.

“Since menstrual pain is a leading cause of school absenteeism for adolescent girls, it’s important to explore options that can minimize the pain. Something like diet modification could be a relatively simple solution that could provide substantial relief for them,” said Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS medical director.

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