Sunday, November 22, 2015

New Inspirational Book: Waiting Time: My life before and after the lung transplantation

Dear Respiratory Friends today we are very happy to present you great Inspirational book by Barbara Eyrich from Germany - Waiting Time: My life before and after the lung transplantation!!
Several words about book from author Barbara Eyrich: 
This book is neither meant to be a medical treatise on my histology - COPD / PULMONARY EMPHYSEMA - nor a guide or decision-making aid for or against a lung transplant. It is also not supposed to be a pure boring biography. Plus - it is furthermore not my intention to settle up with anybody or cope with certain incidences, even if the one or other reader might get this impression. The book simply describes this time of my life: How the illness started, the waiting period prior to my transplantation with all the preparations, and the wait for a donor organ, the transplantation itself - and what happened afterwards.
How did I feel and do during this long WAITING TIME? There were quite a few relapses I had to suffer from and to handle. How did I manage to overcome them? What had helped me, and who was involved? How did it happen that I had to decide on a transplantation? , and finally, how did I continue after the surgery?
For some readers it will not be easy to cope with those details, as I do come up with a lot of negative things. But: That's the way it was and is - and therefore I have to describe how they happened and how my overall condition is right now. Life, despite all positive thoughts and desires, often turns out completely differently than expected in the long- run. Such experiences cannot be found in any brochure, as life writes an individual story for each human being.
All the names of people mentioned in this book have been changed, abbreviated or made up in order to protect their identities. Similarities in name of living persons are purely coincidental or have been approved.
Please wait...! Isn't this something we all have experienced at some point of time? Everyone reacts differently to these two words. One bangs on the table, is not willing to wait and wants everything to be instantly done. For the next one standing at the bus stop time gets too long; he starts running off too early and eventually misses the bus which arrives shortly after he has gone away and which leaves without him. Someone else patiently endures the waiting time, though seething inside. Yet another one deals with the waiting time, prepares for the things to come and does not even realize how quickly or slowly time passes by, and suddenly - the wait is over. As for my book: I want to picture my story; how it all began with the chronic disease COPD and the pulmonary emphysema, and all the ups and downs. I will show you insight into my private and inner self, and will describe the people who have accompanied me on my way: Clinical personnel, doctors, physiotherapists, companions from my Lungensport group (special breathing techniques), support groups, church, family, friends, and neighbors, simply the entire social environment. During this time, there was a lot I had to endure and to cope with; till this very day I wonder how I was able to manage everything. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

World COPD Day 2015

World COPD Day is organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) in collaboration with health care professionals and COPD patient groups throughout the world. Its aim is to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and improve COPD care throughout the world
Each year GOLD chooses a theme and coordinates preparation and distribution of World COPD Day materials and resources. World COPD Day activities are organized in each country by health care professionals, educators, and members of the public who want to help reduce the burden of COPD.
The first World COPD Day was held in 2002. Each year organizers in more than 50 countries worldwide have carried out activities, making the day one of the world's most important COPD awareness and education events.

World COPD Day 2015 is taking place on Wednesday, November 18 around the theme “It’s Not Too Late.” This positive message was chosen to emphasize the meaningful actions people can take to improve their respiratory health, at any stage before or after a COPD diagnosis.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

World Diabetes Day 2015

World Diabetes Day, on the 14th November every year, has grown from humble beginnings to become a globally-celebrated event to increase awareness about diabetes.
Comprising hundreds of campaigns, activities, screenings, lecture, meetings and more, World Diabetes Day is proving internationally effective in spreading the message about diabetes and raising awareness for the condition.
The theme of World Diabetes Day, from 2014 to 2016 will be healthy living and diabetes and this year, there’s a focus on starting each day right by having a healthy breakfast.
A healthy breakfast should help blood sugar levels from getting too high and should keep you full through the morning. Whilst cereal and toast may be cheap, these options typically raise blood sugar levels rapidly and may leave you hungry again before lunch.
If you drink fruit juice for breakfast, consider cutting the juice out or having a smaller glass of it. For reference, a 150ml glass of unsweetened orange juice contains around 15g of carbohydrate and 13g of sugar.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Obstructive sleep disordered breathing in 2–18 year-old children: diagnosis and management

The ERS Task Force on the Diagnosis and Management of Obstructive Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB) in Childhood has published a new document detailing a stepwise management approach for SDB in children aged 2–18.
The seven-step management approach covers topics such as reported symptoms, morbidities, treatment indications and follow-up evaluations. The document also takes into account the available diagnostic facilities and accepted treatment policies in different European countries, describing diagnostic modalities that can be used as alternatives for settings where polysomnography is not available.
This document summarises the conclusions of a European Respiratory Society Task Force on the diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in childhood and refers to children aged 2–18 years. Prospective cohort studies describing the natural history of SDB or randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials regarding its management are scarce. Selected evidence (362 articles) can be consolidated into seven management steps. SDB is suspected when symptoms or abnormalities related to upper airway obstruction are present (step 1). Central nervous or cardiovascular system morbidity, growth failure or enuresis and predictors of SDB persistence in the long-term are recognised (steps 2 and 3), and SDB severity is determined objectively preferably using polysomnography (step 4). Children with an apnoea–hypopnoea index (AHI) >5 episodes·h−1, those with an AHI of 1–5 episodes·h−1 and the presence of morbidity or factors predicting SDB persistence, and children with complex conditions (e.g. Down syndrome and Prader–Willi syndrome) all appear to benefit from treatment (step 5). Treatment interventions are usually implemented in a stepwise fashion addressing all abnormalities that predispose to SDB (step 6) with re-evaluation after each intervention to detect residual disease and to determine the need for additional treatment (step 7).