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New instrument provides relief for COPD patients

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In your health, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Medication provides some relief but now there is another option and it all starts with an instrument.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can be irreversible. Commonly know as COPD, it's combination of bronchitis and emphysema that blocks airflow, making it hard to breathe.

Most of the time smokers develop COPD and the damage to the lungs is permanent.

But instead of medications to ease the pain, a lung flute is another alternative.

Here's how it works: the reusable plastic flute is capable of breaking up mucus in the lungs, making it easier to breathe. The patient blows into the flute sending vibrations into the airways. Those few minutes using the instrument can making breathing easier, and even protect against respiratory illnesses, like pneumonia.

The lung flute is FDA approved. Insurance typically covers the cost, but if you'd rather pay out of pocket, the lung flute and a six month supply of reeds only runs about $50. A doctor's prescription is needed to get one.

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