THOSE WITH COPD MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FALLS

A recent study has shown that if you suffer from a lung condition such as COPD then you are at a much higher risk to suffer from falls, especially if have other medical conditions, have already taken a tumble or have a long history of smoking.
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Past research has already linked COPD to an increased risk of imbalance, muscle weakness, thinning bones and blackouts. COPD alone accounts for 5% deaths globally and falls are also a major public health problem, accounting for more unintended deaths and injuries each year than any other cause (except traffic accidents).
Most falls in the study occurred indoors, often when people were standing and using their upper body at the same time, with loss of balance the most commonly reported cause. It was found that people had more than twice the risk of falling if they suffered from additional medical problems and more than triple if they already had a fall in the previous year. The findings add to growing body of evidence highlighting the increased fall risk faced by COPD patients.
In another study it was also noted that those patients who used supplemental oxygen regularly were at a reduced risk of falls. This is probably due to the fact that oxygen levels are increased in the blood stream due to the use of supplemental oxygen and that the problems such as weakness and imbalance are reduced.
Just one fall especially in the more elderly of patients can result in anything from a bruise to a hip replacement and from an unnecessary trip to the GP or a long-term stay in hospital. Having an injury when you have difficulty breathing only adds to the severity of the injury and the recovery process and could hamper your progress and increase the severity of your condition and lessen your quality of life. COPD patients need to be aware of their increased risk of falling and injuring themselves and take precautions. If you are prescribed oxygen then ensure you use it as regularly as required and as prescribed. There are workouts designed to help improve balance and stability which can help to minimize the risk. Adjust your home and activities to reduce the likelihood of a fall; not using stairs as often, moving objects to lower heights etc.
 
 
References: http://www.reuters.co

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At Oxygen Worldwide we have chosen our to loan people money who are in developing countries and wihing to start a new business, buy some more stock or go out to work. This money then helps people to get off their feet and make a livelihood for themselves and their famliles. Below is our latest update on how our money has been spent:

Repayments for loans that have ended

Marcelina Pirir Mendez (#361092)

Country: Guatemala
Activity: Arts
You Loaned: $25.00
Newly Repaid: $17.70
Total Repaid So Far: $25.00 (100.00% of your loan)
Repayment Status: Paid back

Repayments for loans that are paying back

Phan’s Group (#285417)

Country: Cambodia
Activity: Pigs
You Loaned: $25.00
Newly Repaid: $1.39
Total Repaid So Far: $13.89 (55.56% of your loan)
Repayment Status: Paying back on time
Marys Aminta Paredes Perez (#331135)

Country: Nicaragua
Activity: Clothing Sales
You Loaned: $25.00
Newly Repaid: $2.08
Total Repaid So Far: $10.63 (42.52% of your loan)
Repayment Status: Paying back on time
Dukerebuke Group (#375056)

Country: Burundi
Activity: Liquor Store / Off-License
You Loaned: $25.00
Newly Repaid: $8.34
Total Repaid So Far: $8.34 (33.36% of your loan)
Repayment Status: Paying back on time
Sabah (#353082)

Country: Iraq
Activity: Food Market
You Loaned: $25.00
Newly Repaid: $4.17
Total Repaid So Far: $4.17 (16.68% of your loan)
Repayment Status: Paying back on time

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