Archive for January, 2012

“We have demonstrated for the first time that the extracellular matrix (ECM) produced by fibroblasts following stimulation with cigarette smoke extract is functionally different than non-exposed ECM, and that the cigarette smoke itself may prime the airways in such a way to create an environment whereby airway remodeling is encouraged,” wrote lead researcher David Krimmer, a PhD student who is working with senior investigator Dr. Brian Oliver at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, of the University of Sydney in Australia.

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The¬†Buteyko method¬†or¬†Buteyko Breathing Technique¬†is a form of¬†complementary or alternative¬†physical therapy¬†that proposes chronic “breathing retraining” as a treatment for¬†asthma¬†as well as other conditions. The method takes its name from the late Ukrainian doctor¬†Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko¬†(Ukrainian: ???????), who first formulated its principles during the 1950s. This method is based on the assumption that numerous medical conditions, including asthma, are caused by chronically increasedrespiratory rate¬†(hyperventilation). However, this theory is not widely supported in the medical community due to the lack of evidence supporting either the theory behind the method or that it works in practice. This method purportedly retrains the breathing pattern through chronic repetitive breathing exercises to correct for the hyperventilation, which, according to the method’s proponents, will therefore cure asthma as well as any other conditions purportedly caused by hyperventilation. At the core of the Buteyko method is a series of reduced-breathing exercises that focus on nasal-breathing, breath-holding and relaxation.

Research into the use of the Buteyko method has focused almost exclusively on the treatment of asthma, and have had methodological problems. Studies have not found objective measures to support its use such as improvement in lung function, though there are results showing it could possibly improve subjective measures such as asthma symptoms and quality of life. Reviews of this literature have generally concluded that the evidence is not strong enough to recommend its use for the treatment of asthma based on the available evidence. Those exceptions that have recommended considering its use have noted it should be used with traditional therapies (and not in place of mainstream treatment) and is unlikely to affect or cure the underlying cause of asthma. There is no support for the use of the Buteyko method in other diseases, such as diabetes mellitus or any of the over 150 diseases supporters of this method claim to treat. (wikipedia)




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Alberta Breathes is a coalition of agencies and over 500 individuals working to improve lung health and decrease the burden of respiratory disease in Alberta.

Utilizing their existing resources such as CRE’s, the aim is partially to get funding for these skilled individuals and to improve the access to pulmonary rehab programs.

B.C. is in the same situation with the hospitals cutting back as opposed to providing funding for these programs. The health authorities have little vision and and cannot look at the “big” picture to the management of these patients.

Pharmaceutical companies are actively involved now with surprising little bias to help fill the needs. Obviously it would be optimal if the BC government and health authorities to step up to the management of COPD and Asthma, but very, very, little has been done.








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