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Nebraska doctors’ group supports preserving reproductive rights | Health and Fitness
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Nebraska doctors’ group supports preserving reproductive rights | Health and Fitness

The Nebraska Medical Association has adopted a resolution supporting the preservation of reproductive rights, marking a shift away from the group’s formerly neutral stance.Technically, the organization, which represents about 3,000 physicians, residents and medical students across the state, adopted three resolutions on the topic last week, said Dr. Daniel Rosenquist, the group’s newly elected president and a family medicine physician in Columbus.Two resolutions support preserving the physician-patient relationship and allowing physicians to provide care while avoiding criminal prosecution, he said.The third, introduced by Dr. Maureen Boyle of Omaha, opposes limitations on access to reproductive health services, including fertility treatments, contraception, abortion an...
Exercise Limitations in COPD — More Inhalers?
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Exercise Limitations in COPD — More Inhalers?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is defined by airway obstruction and alveolar damage caused by exposure to noxious air particles. The physiologic results include varying degrees of gas-exchange abnormality and mechanical respiratory limitation, often in the form of dynamic hyperinflation. There's a third major contributor, though ─ dyspnea. That's right, skeletal muscle deconditioning. Only one of these abnormalities responds to inhalers. When your patients with COPD report dyspnea or exercise intolerance, what do you do? Do you attempt to determine its character to pinpoint its origin? Do you quiz them about their baseline activity levels to quantify their conditioning? I bet you get right to the point and order a cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET). That way...