Researchers in eastern NC asking for your help in fighting COPD

A group of researchers in eastern North Carolina is working to help those suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD.

The researchers, from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, now need your help to advance the treatment of this life-threatening disease.

COPD is the third leading cause of death in America, according to the American Lung Association. It’s estimated some 26 million people suffer from COPD.

The disease, with cough, wheezing, fatigue and other symptoms, leads to a difficult life for those suffering from it.

Bob Redden from Wilmington suffers from COPD. He and his fellow entrepreneur Brad Lienhart developed a new device called the Easy Breather Therapy Table. The device is a type of bed that rocks up and down to help COPD patients breathe.

Redden and Lienhart contacted the University of North Carolina in Wilmington to help them with the device. UNCW created a group of faculty and students from the College of Health and Human Services,
the Exercise Science Department, the Public Health Studies Department, and the Nursing School to explore the Easy Breather Therapy Table.

The researchers are asking you or someone you know with COPD to take part in a survey to assist in their studies.

The survey focuses on a person’s current health status, quality of life, and the patient's satisfaction with current treatment.

Click the related link to take the survey. You can also follow the progress of the research into this new device and its development.