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A new campaign is being launched to raise awareness about COPD, the respiratory disease which killed nearly 100 people in Mayo last year.
Food intolerance is an adverse reaction to a particular food or ingredient, which occurs every time the food is eaten. Food intolerance is when the body is unable to deal with a certain foodstuff, usually because it doesn’t produce enough of the chemical or enzyme needed to properly digest that particular food. One of the most common intolerances is to cow’s milk, which contains a certain type of sugar called lactose.
Mayo General Hospital held a very successful information day on quitting smoking in the hospital recenty. The event was organised by Claudia Oliveira, respiratory scientist and Michelle Redmond, a/respiratory clinical nurse specialist. The aim of the day was to inform members of the public, patients, and staff of the importance of quitting smoking. In addition, visitors to the information day were offered a carbon monoxide (CO) test. CO is a poisonous gas that has no colour or smell. It is one of the products found in tobacco smoke and this breath test can tell how much CO a smoker has in his/her body.
Talk show host Joe Duffy is encouraging people living with a potentially fatal lung condition that it is not too late to seek help from their healthcare professional. The broadcaster made the plea to coincide with the launch of new research to mark an awareness campaign on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), supported by Novartis and the Irish Thoracic Society.
Free lung screenings are to be made available in Athlone this weekend, on Saturday November 17 in Athlone Towncentre.
Acupuncture has been found to be very beneficial for the respiratory system as it first finds the root cause of the problem, and a strategy is then developed to address this.
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The World Health Organization lists hundreds of conditions that can be treated with acupuncture. Some of the conditions that affect breathing are infections, such as colds and flu, bronchitis, asthma, and eye, ear, nose, throat, and sinus infections. Patients with lung cancer could find acupuncture useful to strengthen their immunity and reduce the side-effects of conventional medicine.
The exact cause of asthma is not known. According to the 2002 AIRI report, 470,000 people have asthma in Ireland, meaning approximately one in eight suffer from it. Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in the world after Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.