Breathlessness

Naturally, one of my most common patient concerns is shortness of breath.

There is, however, one unique situation that is surprisingly common. In fact, I will often see several new patients every week that I have come to conclude that they share this common diagnosis.

These individuals often experience similar sensations of “not being able to take in a full, satisfying deep breath”, “feeling like they are not getting enough oxygen”, “not being able to fully expand their lungs”, “yawning or sighing ...

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GERD and lung disease

In the March 2014 edition of ACP Internist (American College of Physicians News for Internist publication)  an excellent article by Leah Lawrence  described what is known and not known between a possible link from gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) and pulmonary diseases.  GERD can be asymptomatic and, thus, missed as a possible link to a patient’s pulmonary symptoms. A variety of lung diseases are associated with GERD: asthma, aspiration pneumonia, chronic cough and even idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) have been linked. ...

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New therapy for asthma?

A new therapy for the management of uncontrolled asthma has now been proposed in a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the September edition, 2001, an article appeared which has stirred the interest amongst pulmonologist. Stephen Peters, MD, of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was the principal investigator. The study was released by the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
The patients evaluated were on low dose inhaled corticosteroids (beclomethasone ...

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