Lace up for Lungs: COPD Awareness Month

The 2022 theme for COPD Awareness Month is “Lace up for Lungs.” The focus is on early diagnosis and exercise to improve breathing and quality of life. “Wear orange, lace up and move for our mission!” says the COPD Foundation this month.  What is COPD? COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease of the […]

What Is a Pulmonary Function Test?

A Pulmonary Function Test (PFT), also called a breathing test, is a way of testing how well your lungs work. This testing is a part of diagnosing health conditions involving the lungs.  Health conditions like asthma, COPD, and certain lung infections, such as COVID, may affect your lung function. There are handheld spirometry devices that […]

Vaping Doesn’t Help Smokers Quit

Vaping is a health hazard that causes chronic cough and bronchitis. It can also cause severe lung injury that requires hospital admission to treat.  But some observers claim that e-cigarettes are beneficial because they help smokers quit nicotine cigarettes. A new study reports that vaping doesn’t help smokers quit. Fewer than 10% of vapers succeeded […]

Understanding Bruxism

Bruxism is a fancy word for gnashing, grinding, or clenching teeth. That’s not very complex, but diagnosing and treating the disorder can be complicated.  In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, we’re explaining this common but confusing problem. Read on for the details. You might not be aware that you grind your teeth while you’re […]

Ways to Prevent Respiratory Illness

The world is still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. For months you’ve heard that wearing a mask, washing your hands, and avoiding close contact with others (maintaining six feet of distance) can help slow the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19. There are other diseases and illnesses that can affect our respiratory tract, and we tend […]

Doctor Warns About Vaping After Lung Diseases Spike

Dr. Nathan Tobey, a pulmonologist at MANA Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic, recently partnered with the American Heart Association to educate the community about the dangers of vaping and the extreme cases of lung disease the pulmonologists have seen in Northwest Arkansas in the last year on a segment on KFSM Channel 5 News. Some view vaping […]

Cleaning Products and Lung Damage

You may already know that indoor air quality is typically much lower than the quality of air outdoors. Various pollutants contribute to poor indoor air quality: mold, bacteria, pet dander, chemicals, and even gases. Low air quality creates a pulmonary health risk. Keeping your home clean by vacuuming, dusting, washing linens, and changing air filters […]

World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) takes place every year on May 31st. It was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987, and is observed by all member states of the United Nations. World No Tobacco Day provides an opportunity to remind people of the dangers of tobacco use, and encourage people to stop […]

What Causes COPD Other Than Smoking?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a group of diseases – most often chronic bronchitis and emphysema – that negatively affect your ability to breathe. Smoking is the number one cause of COPD, but it’s not the only cause. So, what causes COPD other than smoking? What causes COPD? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease results from long-term […]

Exercising with Asthma

Exercise is necessary for maintaining good health. Without exercise, your physical health suffers. Unfortunately, there are health conditions that can make it difficult to get the exercise that your body needs in order to stay healthy. Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs that inflames and constricts airways. When you’re exercising, your lungs need […]