Russell Winwood, the COPD athlete

How Russell Winwood Became a COPD Athlete

Run Like The Wind: How Russell Winwood Became a COPD Athlete

Diagnosed with COPD in 2011, here’s the story of how one Aussie runs triathlons with less than 30% lung capacity.

On the front page of his personal blog, Russell Winwood summarizes his life as: “Smoke, Stroke, Ironman Bloke.” Diagnosed with asthma as a child, Winwood still played sports and had an active childhood. In his late teens, he took up smoking and continued until he had a stroke on Christmas Day 2002. He was only 36 years old.

This marked a new beginning for Winwood, who eventually gave up smoking, cut down his alcohol intake, and embraced healthy eating. He also took up cycling. Over the next eight years, he competed in triathlons, ranging from sprint to Half Ironman to ultra marathons.


New Study Shows Humidified High Flow Improves Flare-Ups

New Study Shows Humidified High Flow Therapy Improves Flare-Ups

Many COPD patients share a common fear of flare-ups. In the medical world, these are called “acute exacerbations” or AECOPDs. They are a severe health event that happens when a person with COPD has new or worsening symptoms for a period of at least 48 hours. On average, people with COPD experience two episodes of AECOPD every year.

Fortunately, there are new ways to prevent or manage these frustrating flareups. A 2022 clinical study evaluated the effectiveness and safety of high-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy (HFNC) in people with COPD. This form of treatment delivers heated, humidified air via nasal cannula along with supplemental oxygen if required. Here’s what you should know.


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8 COPD-Friendly Activities to Do with Kids

8 COPD-Friendly Activities to Do with Kids

While spending time with kids can be great medicine for the soul, it can also leave you breathless from trying to keep up. But COPD doesn’t mean an end to fun time with your grandkids or other precious little ones. With a little creativity, you can come up with lots of great bonding activities that might work for you, even on a bad breathing day. Here are some suggestions below for some kid-friendly activities that won’t leave you breathless.