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Volume 10, Issue 42
September 17, 2010


MOLD AWARENESS AND COPD
September is "Mold Awareness Month." Really. Mold can pose a serious health hazard for individuals with respiratory problems. According to the Center for Disease Control, (CDC), there are many types of mold, and some people have allergic reactions to them. Symptoms can include nasal stuffiness, skin or eye irritation, hives, wheezing, fever, and shortness of breath. Further, according to the CDC, "Some people with chronic lung diseases, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs."


Mildew is closely related to mold in that they both are fungi. They have similarities as well as differences. Although mold is being discussed here, much of what is covered also applies to mildew as well. If you want a description of the differences between mold and mildew, please visit:
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/mold-vs-mildew.html


Mold is virtually everywhere, according to the CDC. It is spread by lightweight spores. It is both indoors and outdoors, and can be a problem all year long. Outdoors, it can be anywhere there is moisture and matter upon which to grow. Fallen leaves are often cited as a major location of mold. Indoors, mold can grow anywhere there is moisture and something upon which to feed ­ which can be just about anything. For CDC's ffull explanation of mold as well as recommendations on how to deal with it, visit:
http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm


Outdoor Mold
According to a 2007 article on the "Beyond Allergy" website, outdoor molds are everywhere, especially in moist shady areas such as soil, leaves, compost piles, wood, etc. Although the spores can be released throughout the year, a large number of spores are released when the source is disturbed. For those who react to mold spores, "Beyond Allergy" recommends, "“When outdoors, avoid walking through decaying vegetation, compost piles, and fallen leaves because you might inhale mold spores. Avoid doing yard work, such as lawn mowing and raking leaves on a hot, humid day. Avoid farms, especially during harvest time when mold spores could be growing around the barn or under a stack of hay. And wear a face mask outdoors if possible." For more information, please see:
http://tinyurl.com/256r7p6


Indoor Mold
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is impossible to eliminate mold spores indoors. They enter your home through doorways, windows, ventilation systems and even on clothing, bags, pets, etc. Although they are always present, they will not grow unless there is moisture present. Basements and bathrooms are often problematic locations. The key to controlling indoor mold, according to the EPA and other experts, is to control indoor moisture. The EPA as well as the CDC offer mold prevention and control tips that collectively include:


* Remedy spills and leaks quickly (within 24 or 48 hours)
* Dry wet surfaces when condensation appears
* Fix leaky roofs, windows and pipes
* Clean and repair roof gutters regularly
* Divert water so that it does not collect around your home's foundation
* Keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (between 30 and 50 percent is best)
* Vent shower, laundry and cooking areas
For more information, see:
http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html and/or
http://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm


Mold Cleanup Options
If you are thinking about cleaning up a mold problem in your home on your own, you should speak with your doctor about it and discuss not only the problem of exposure to the mold itself, but also exposure to the cleaning supplies, some of which might also cause respiratory problems. For more serious, extensive, or unusual mold problems, hiring a professional is recommended by the EPA. For informational purposes only, this is what the Wisconsin Department of Health Services suggests for cleaning mold:
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/eh/hlthhaz/fs/moldclean.htm


The Bleach-Hoax Story
There are a number of websites that claim that bleach doesn't soak into porous surfaces or it only whitens the visible surface of mold. The effect of using bleach, they say, is largely cosmetic, and gives the false impression that the mold has been eradicated. Efforts to substantiate or refute this so-called "bleach-hoax" claim through independent, objective sources were unsuccessful.


Mold Map
In the United States, you can determine your mold count as well as other allergy and health related conditions on a number of different websites, one of which is:
http://tinyurl.com/yecas3


ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
- KNOW YOUR "STATUS" WHEN HOSPITALIZED!
- RESEARCH INTO PROTECTING THE LUNGS AGAINST "COLLATERAL DAMAGE" FROM THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
- GLENMARK PHARMACEUTICALS ANNOUNCES DISCOVERY OF NEW CHEMICAL FOR POSSIBLE FUTURE TREATMENT OF RESPIRATORY DISORDERS
- WHAT DO THE PHASES OF A CLINICAL TRIAL MEAN?
- PORTABLE OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR COMPARISON CHART
- FOREST LABORATORIES, INC. RESPONDS TO FDA'S LETTER CONCERNING DAXAS (ROFLUMILAST)
- COPD AND DIABETES: NOT A GOOD COMBINATION
- NATURAL LUNG TISSUE MIGHT PROVIDE SCAFFOLD FOR LUNG REGROWTH
- WHY REGULAR EXERCISE IS IMPORTANT AS WE GROW OLDER
- MISCELLANEOUS
DO YOU NEED A VIRTUAL WALLET?
TURN OF THE CENTURY NYC IN BLACK AND WHITE
REMEMBER THESE ADVERTISING SLOGANS?
OPTICAL ILLUSION STREET ART
POP-UP FREE GAMES, TRICKS, QUIZZES AND PUZZLES


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SOURCES: News items summarized in The COPD-NEWS are taken from secondary sources believed to be reliable. However, the COPD Family of Services does not verify their accuracy.
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KNOW YOUR "STATUS" WHEN HOSPITALIZED!
If you are on Medicare and hospitalized, you may need follow-up nursing home care upon discharge from the hospital. Sometimes you're not quite ready to go home, but you don't need to be hospitalized either. Medicare requires three days of "impatient" hospital care in order to be eligible for the post-hospitalization nursing home coverage. However, do you know that being in the hospital for three or even six days does not always mean you are technically "admitted" as an inpatient? In fact, without being aware of it, you could be classified as being there for "observation" during your entire stay. This classification could make you ineligible for Medicare's nursing home coverage upon release from the hospital. This article from the "Washington Post" explains and discusses this situation:
http://tinyurl.com/245k8mh


RESEARCH INTO PROTECTING THE LUNGS AGAINST "COLLATERAL DAMAGE" FROM THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
According to the following "Science Daily" article, a study published in the journal "Science" reports that it looked into the "collateral damage" that occurs when our bodies fight an infection. Here's how it works: It is believed that when a virus or bacteria enters our body, our immune system responds by releasing cells that produce an enzyme that kills the invaders. Unfortunately, these enzymes, in addition to killing the invaders, also damage the surrounding tissue (hence the "collateral damage"). This action can contribute to the development of diseases such as COPD, if, for example, the surrounding tissue happens to be lung tissue. The cells that release the enzyme that cause collateral damage are called "neutophiles," and according to this article, people with COPD tend to have a constant presence of neutophiles in their lungs. Smoking, it appears, also interferes with the body's ability to clear out these neutophiles. In addition to helping understand the smoking-COPD connection, this study might also aid in the development of new drugs to treat COPD and other conditions. The complete article can be read at:
http://tinyurl.com/264oavy


GLENMARK PHARMACEUTICALS ANNOUNCES DISCOVERY OF NEW CHEMICAL FOR POSSIBLE FUTURE TREATMENT OF RESPIRATORY DISORDERS
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals announced the discovery of a chemical that shows promise for the future treatment of pain and respiratory disorders. This Novel Chemical Entity (NCE) named GRC 17536 appears, thus far, to be safe and has passed pre-trial testing. They hope to start their Phase I trial in January 2011. For more information, see:
http://tinyurl.com/29jxptq


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WHAT DO THE PHASES OF A CLINICAL TRIAL MEAN?
Have you ever been confused by what is meant when someone says, "It is in phase I" or, "It is in phase III of a clinical trial"? This site, by the manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim, explains the phases:
http://tinyurl.com/2fbe4xw


PORTABLE OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR COMPARISON CHART
This chart, on a commercial website (no endorsement intended), is great for quickly comparing the features of portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) currently on the market:
http://www.automatedcontrolsystems.net/poc-comparisons.html


FOREST LABORATORIES, INC. RESPONDS TO FDA'S LETTER CONCERNING DAXAS (ROFLUMILAST)
In May, 2010, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused to approve Forest Labratories' new drug Daxas (roflumilast). The FDA requested additional information and analysis of existing data, but did not require further testing. Forest Labs announced on September 13, 2010 that it sent a complete response letter to the FDA letter. Daxas (roflumilast) became available last week in Germany (for limited indication only) and will soon be available in other countries. This new medication is a novel once-a-day treatment for some people with COPD.
http://tinyurl.com/24423q5


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MEDICAL DECISIONS. Your physician should be consulted on all medical decisions. New procedures or drugs should not be started or stopped without such consultation. While we believe that our accumulated experience has value, and a unique perspective, you must accept it for what it is...the work of COPD patients. We vigorously encourage individuals with COPD to take an active part in the management of their disease. They do this through education and by sharing information and thoughts with their primary physician and pulmonologist. However, medical decisions are based on complex medical principles and should be left to the medical practitioner who has been trained to diagnose and advise.
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COPD AND DIABETES: NOT A GOOD COMBINATION
The journal "Respirology" reports that people with diabetes who are hospitalized for COPD exacerbations require longer hospital stays and have increased mortality rates compared to COPD exacerbation patients without diabetes. It is believed that this difference might be due to an impaired immune response because of higher blood sugar levels. This impaired response is believed to lead to more severe infections. You'll find more detailed information at:
http://tinyurl.com/25kt79c


NATURAL LUNG TISSUE MIGHT PROVIDE SCAFFOLD FOR LUNG REGROWTH
Although the research is in its infancy (think rats), and involves controversial embryonic stems cell technology, it is nevertheless newsworthy to know that such research is taking place. Read all about it at:
http://tinyurl.com/2bavsk8


WHY REGULAR EXERCISE IS IMPORTANT AS WE GROW OLDER
Aside from the emphasis we place on the importance of exercise as it relates to our COPD, we are all simply getting older too. The following article looks at the benefits of exercise as it relates to aging alone; it does not take our COPD into consideration. Hopefully this article will further motivate us to exercise. Remember to get your doctor's okay before beginning or modifying any exercise program.
http://tinyurl.com/28aeydu


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MISCELLANEOUS


DO YOU NEED A VIRTUAL WALLET?
If you are an online shopper, you might want to consider the advantages of a virtual wallet. A virtual wallet decreases your need to give your credit card number to multiple sites. You’ll find more information about it at:
http://tinyurl.com/2gxpson


TURN OF THE CENTURY NYC IN BLACK AND WHITE
Enjoy these photos of New York City when the Singer and Woolworth buildings were the tallest buildings in the world. Is that you we see in the Fifth Avenue parade? Nice hat!
http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5010&page=1


REMEMBER THESE ADVERTISING SLOGANS?
Okay, it is time for your memory test. Even if you can't remember what day of the week it is (within two or three days accuracy, of course), you will really be impress with your sharp recall of these old advertising slogans:
http://www.corsinet.com/braincandy/slogans.html


OPTICAL ILLUSION STREET ART
If you missed some of the street art by Julian Beever or Edgar Mueller, here are 20 of their works that will amaze and amuse you:
http://tinyurl.com/y9unwrj


POP-UP FREE GAMES, ILLUSIONS, TRICKS, QUIZZES AND PUZZLES
Yes, you read correctly! There are no annoying pop-ups on this site:
http://www.blifaloo.com/games/index.php


For comments and questions, or to contact Richard D. Martin, please send your email to: newsletter@COPD-Support.com


Until next Friday,


Richard D. Martin, Editor


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