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2/22/2009
Brent Adams
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Lossie J. Bauer has filed a personal injury suit against Keith Bauer, claiming that she suffered injuries because he failed to put his vehicle in park, which resulted in it rolling down a hill.

According to the suit she filed on February 9 in Illinois’ Madison County Circuit Court, Lossie Bauer was riding with Keith Bauer on March 3, 2007, when he stopped in front of a house on Briar Cliff and failed to put the vehicle in park upon exiting.

The suit does not indicate if Lossie Bauer and Keith Bauer are related.

According to the suit, Lossie Bauer was stuck inside the vehicle as it rolled downhill and caused an accident.

Lossie Bauer claims the accident caused her to experience permanent and ongoing pain and suffering, a fractured ankle, knee, and foot, and a bruised chest that caused her the disabling condition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She also claims she incurred surgical expenses.

Lossie Bauer claims Keith Bauer breached his duty of due care by failure to properly put the vehicle in park and failure to maintain control of his vehicle. She seeks damages in excess of $50,000.

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2/3/2009
Brent Adams
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Study Says Inhalers May Increase Pneumonia Risk

Inhalers do not the boost the life spans of people who suffer from COPD.

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11/17/2008
Brent Adams
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According to her father, singer Amy Winehouse has been diagnosed with emphysema, a form of the disabling condition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Her father, Mitch Winehouse, says it is believed to be the result of smoking crack cocaine.

 

According to Mitch Winehouse, the Grammy award winner is receiving treatment in a private hospital in London and may require the use of a permanent oxygen mask.

 

Winehouse said that his daughter had started on drug replacement program on June 17 after being informed that she would need to wear the mask and may possibly be confined to a wheelchair unless she ceased her habit of smoking crack cocaine. He said that doctors said she only has 70 percent lung capacity and was informed by the doctors that if she returned to her habit, not only would her voice be ruined, she would likely die.

 

The 24-year-old singer was admitted to the clinic after she collapsed at her home in north London. She informed doctors that she had been 48 hours without sleep and they discovered an irregular heartbeat.

 

Scans showed that Winehouse had a lump in her chest, but cancer was ruled out by the doctors, who diagnosed her with the progressive lung disease.

 

According to Dr. Keith Prowse, spokesperson for the British Lung Foundation, it is rare for people in their twenties to be affected by COPD. He said that it is usually affects people in their forties and older, but smoking and inhalation of other substances, such as drugs, can cause premature aging in the lungs and bring on early onset in younger persons.



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11/17/2008
Brent Adams
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There are many people who suffer from the disabling condition of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). There are two conditions referred to by COPD: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The two conditions are related to one another and a person who suffers from COPD could have one or both of them.


COPD is typically characterized by a chronic cough, a cold that refuses to go away, shortness of breath while exerting one’s self or sitting still, and a decrease in endurance. According to Deborah Rathman, a certified respiratory therapist at Pennsylvania’s St. Joseph Medical Center, the disease often goes undiagnosed until it reaches the advanced stages. In many cases, patients do not seek help until daily activity is significantly impacted by the condition.

Diagnosing COPD requires a simple test of breathing functions which typically only takes around an hour and is painless.


The majority of COPD cases are attributed to long-term smoking, though the American Lung Association says that exposure to certain industrial pollutants and other environmental agents are the cause of approximately 20 percent of cases. There is also a possibility, though rare, of genetic factors causing emphysema.

 

As is typical of most diseases, COPD has a different effect and progression for each patient. Normally the condition will slowly develop, but there are some who will feel the effects more quickly than others.



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11/17/2008
Brent Adams
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According to researchers, ipratropium bromide (Atrovent, Combivent), a drug commonly used for the treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, significantly raises the mortality risk by cardiovascular death of those who use it. Also, exposure to the medication theophylline was associated with an increase in the risk of respiratory death, but not cardiovascular death.

The study findings were published in the September 16, 2008 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. A study of patient data from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration health care system produced the data.

A cohort of patients was studied by researchers in order to assess mortality rates at one year.

A 34 percent increase in the risk of cardiovascular death and all-cause mortality in patients who used the medication to treat COPD was discovered. Though whether or not the risk applies to women or patients with longstanding or severe COPD has yet to be determined.

The researchers discovered that, on the other hand, inhaled corticosteroids have shown an association with a 20 percent decrease in cardiovascular and all cause mortality.



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11/17/2008
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In the U.S., more than 12 million residents have been diagnosed with the disabling condition of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). However, there are likely to be another 12 million who have yet to be diagnosed.

What is COPD?

COPD is typically a combination of lung problems that include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. COPD is incurable and between 1965 and 1998, the rate of mortality for COPD sufferers saw a 163 percent increase. It is now listed as the fourth leading cause of death, is the second highest cause of disability, and accounts for 2 million hospitalizations each year.

Five out of every six COPD sufferers received it from years of smoking.



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