POWERbreathe Blog

  • Relating to COPD - a report that looks into living with COPD

    The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts COPD will be the third leading cause of death in 2030. In fact, the chief causes of death globally has shifted. Whereas the main cause of death used to be from infectious diseases, it is now from noncommunicable diseases....

  • Breathe easier with POWERbreathe IMT - reviewed in Daily Mail

    The Daily Mail online features worldwide news stories from the Daily Mail and Sunday newspapers. It is the second-biggest-selling daily newspaper in the UK. And today (21st November 2017) online it features an article about devices that will help you to breathe...

  • How COPD Affects Breathing

    One of the most common questions asked by people with COPD is how it affects breathing. To understand this, it’s first worth understanding how your lungs work. How your lungs work As you breathe in, you bring air down through your windpipe and into your...

  • Beat Flu Symptoms this Winter

    Influenza, or flu as it's more commonly known, is around all year. However here in the U.K. at this time of year we start thinking about ‘seasonal flu’, so called because it is common in the winter months. Symptoms Main symptoms include a high temperature,...

  • RAF Charity Ride - 3 Peaks of Briançon

    The 3 Peaks of Briançon Charity Ride is a team of four amateur cyclists from RAF Coningsby Ground System Support Flight. The RAF team challenge Gary, Matty, Chris and Lance are all amateur cyclists. They are challenging themselves to climb and conquer three...

  • IMT associated with Improved Inspiratory Muscle Strength in Fontan Circulation patients

    Like other forms of heart failure, low cardiac output and raised central venous pressure is what characterises the Fontan Circulation. However unlike other forms of heart failure, in Fontan circulation patients the primary limitation is absence of a subpulmonary...

  • Effects of work of breathing on blood flow during exercise

    Published in Experimental Physiology this research sought to simultaneously assess leg and respiratory muscle blood flow during intense exercise while manipulating the work of breathing (WOB). Researchers from Canada & Brazil hypothesised: Increasing the...

  • New Trial into Effects of IMT in COPD Patients

    A new clinical trial will be looking at the effects of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) on shortness of breath (dyspnea) and postural control in patients with COPD. Shortness of breath in patients with COPD Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder...

  • Heart Transplant Patient Represents Country in Triathlon

    After years of waiting, Patricia Fonseca from Brazil has undergone a heart transplant. And after several months of recovery Patricia represented her country at the XX1 Malaga-Spain World Transplant Games 2017.  The event she entered is the triathlon; swimming,...

  • Obese adolescents feel exercise is easier after breathing training

    New research has found that respiratory muscle endurance training (RMET) reduces the O2 cost of cycling and perceived exertion in obese adolescents. Oxygen cost reduces during cycling effort in obese adolescents Research published in the American Journal of Physiology...