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Cold Weather and Your Lungs

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If you have lung disease, you may wonder why you feel more breathless when the thermometer drops. For some people with chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD) and asthma, breathing cold, dry air can cause constriction of the airways.  The airways are the hollow tubes that connect the mouth and nose to the alveoli. Alveoli are […] [Read More]
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Great American Smokeout

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Next Thursday, November 19, is the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) annual Great American Smokeout. This is the day when we encourage all smokers to quit for one day and to commit to a long-term cessation plan. Tobacco use is still the number one preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. If you smoke, […] [Read More]
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Falling Leaves, Allergies and Asthma

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We frequently think of allergy season as being in the spring when trees and grasses bloom but autumn brings its own concerns about allergy and asthma triggers. Ragweed is the main cause of fall allergies and it begins to polinate in late summer. Dust mites and mold spores are also a problem. Dust mites are microscopic and survive by […] [Read More]
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Flu Season- What you need to know!

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While flu season has not “officially”  arrived yet, here are some tips to help you fight the flu. The flu is a serious contagious disease. It is caused by the influenza virus. It can be spread by coughing, sneezing and nasal secretions. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests:  “Take 3″ actions to fight the […] [Read More]
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SB 755 Signed by Governor Rell – Student Self Administration of Asthmatic Inhalers and Epipens in School

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On September 7th  Governor Rell signed a new bill that affects your child if he or she uses an inhaler for asthma or has the need to carry an epipen for allergies. Sue Albino and Geri Bernacki from the Connecticut Society of Respiratory Care joined Mothers of Asthmatics and Governor Jodi Rell for the signing  of […] [Read More]
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Paying Attention to Air Quality Alerts

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The air quality alert for today is moderate, 51-100.  What exactly does that mean and why should we pay attention? The Air Quality Index (AQI) is an index for reporting the daily air quality. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) sets the standards for this index. You can generally get the index in the local paper […] [Read More]
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The Cost of Smoking

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Governor Rell is supporting an increase in the cigarette tax to $3 per pack, up from $2 per pack. While the powers that be have not come to full agreement on the budgetary line items, when the state budget finally passes it looks like folks may be paying more  for cigarettes. The current price is already […] [Read More]
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