World COPD Day…

November 17 is World COPD Day, when we’re encouraged to visit our doctors for a spirometry test.

As I’ve mentioned before, I have serious problems with this. I don’t know about anyone else, but my COPD tends to fluctuate more or less randomly. Some days, like today, I’m wheezy but otherwise breathing quite well**. On other days I’m breathless just Continue reading

A fat waist associated with poor lung function…

…well, maybe, but is it that simple? I don’t think so.

A report, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine, found that a high waist circumference is strongly associated with decreased lung function.

Fair enough, the research looks sound, the test population was large (120,000). They even anticipated my first thoughts and took into account pre-existing conditions. Excellent, I though, medical research as it should be. And then Continue reading