Whether or not you can believe it, cold and flu season are already in full swing; cold season typically peaks in January, while flu season not until February. This year, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that this is the earliest start to flu season since 2003. Other medical websites mapping cold and flu activity are showing moderate to severe activity in most states.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., which is why I wrote a book with the Men’s Health Network (MHN) called Breathe Easy: Your Lungs and COPD. And in an effort to help the 12 million Americans who have COPD and the 12 million more whose symptoms remain undiagnosed, MHN partnered with the Association of Black Cardiologists, the Veterans Health Council, and Men’s Health Alliance to develop the new, and extremely valuable resource.
“Studies show that every four minutes an individual dies of COPD,” said Scott Williams, MHN Senior Vice President. “We could not ignore this fact and had to address such an important health issue. The Breathe Easy publication is designed to educate the public regarding possible COPD symptoms and explains what to do once these symptoms are discovered. We hope that those who read this publication will examine their own situation and take action if needed.”
Co-authored by experts in the field of men’s health and supported by a grant from Forest Laboratories, “Breathe Easy: Your Lungs and COPD. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” is filled with important information for men and their families and added to the extensive library of educational materials which MHN has maintained since 1992. You can download a f.r.ee pdf of the book from the Men’s Health Network’s website. You can order hard copies directly from MHN.