Welcome to Wehale.life - website about asthma and COPD
Our goal is to improve the lives of people living with asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and increase the awareness about these conditions. You are now at the global Wehale.life website. We offer also 13 country sites in different languages (see MENU in the top right corner). Join us in building well-being!
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Care for a cleaner world – Why aiming for carbon neutral care matters, and what it means for asthma and COPD
The detrimental impact of health care on environment and climate can be mitigated through minimising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and offsetting – creating carbon neutral care options also for asthma and COPD.
Are you concerned about taking corticosteroids to control your asthma? We looked at some common questions when it comes to preventer inhalers.
Have you ever wondered about the different treatment options available for asthma? We spoke to asthma expert, Consultant Respiratory Pharmacist, Dr Anna Murphy, to take a deep dive into optimum asthma treatment.
There are many ways for you to control your asthma or COPD better, and one of the most important ways is using your inhaler correctly.
Asthma is a common respiratory condition affecting millions of people worldwide. It is a chronic inflammation of the airways, causing them to be sensitive and narrower. When it is not well managed, it can lead to breathing difficulties.
Best for the planet and the patient – What to know about the environmental impacts of asthma and COPD care
How sustainable is your inhaler? Respiratory specialist, Professor Christer Janson’s ground-breaking study on the environmental impacts of asthma and COPD treatments, has revealed some surprising results.
What we can learn from Finland and the Nordics about empowering people living with asthma
Prof. Dr. Christian Vogelberg offers advice on proper care for children living with asthma after the COVID-19 pandemic and a few things to watch out for – like expired medication.
Asthma diagnosed later in life can differ from childhood asthma in type, treatment and even the way it develops. But new research from Professor Hannu Kankaanranta is bringing a better understanding of adult-onset asthma and how to control it.
Asthma attacks commonly come on at night, but this could be a sign that the condition is not being managed properly. Find out why night-time symptoms occur and what to do about them.
Chronic rhinosinusitis and rhinitis can worsen asthma symptoms and vice versa. An accurate diagnosis will lead to effective treatment.
Exposures in the workplace can cause allergies and trigger asthma. Even a single high-dose exposure to chemicals can cause a syndrome called irritant-induced asthma.
A poor technique might be bad for your asthma. Read more on how to improve your inhalation technique.
Read these tips on the correct use of your device and the best way to clean, store and look after it.
If you have asthma, does it make sense to see your doctor via a remote appointment? The global COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the number of virtual appointments used in healthcare – but can you get a sufficient level of care online? We talked with Dr. Annette Kainu, who is one of the pioneers in the field in Finland.
With pandemic fatigue setting in, it’s easy to let asthma medications slide. But maintaining a good asthma management strategy and keeping your symptoms in check are the best ways for taking care of your lungs, even during the pandemic.
It can be hard to keep track of all the different elements of a face-to-face doctor’s appointment. Lung specialist Dr Silke Mronga, based in Germany, shares tips to help you get the most out of your time with your clinician.
Do you find some medical terms hard to understand? Our simple explainer covers some general asthma facts plus lists some common asthma keywords and tells why they’re important.
You may have wondered where the decisions on asthma treatment practises come from. Read more about GINA (the Global Initiative for Asthma) and what are their current recommendations for patients with asthma.
What causes asthma, how does asthma affect your lungs, and how is it treated? Here are answers to some common questions.
Suddenly being out of breath can feel terrifying even if you know what to do. Three asthmatics tell about their experiences of having an asthma attack and how they cope with it.
What are the most common asthma symptoms to look for? How would asthma impact your child's quality of life?
Having trouble breathing? Having a persistent cough? Here’s how you can tell if you have asthma.
We take a look at what’s happening in your body during asthma attack, what triggers it and the immediate actions you should take.
While it has been unclear which comes first – if obesity leads to asthma or if asthma leads to weight gain – recent studies have shown that both are possible.
A peak expiratory flow tells gives an overview of the wellbeing of your lungs. Read more and download a PEF diary template.
With good treatment, you can reduce the risk of asthma attacks.
If you are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, regular exercise can help you to strengthen and open up the muscles in your chest so that you find breathing easier over time.
25 September marks World Lung Day – an important day for lung health advocacy and action. In this special feature story, we take a deep dive into the science of breathing with psychologist & researcher Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.
Simple adjustments can improve life with COPD. An annual check-up with a doctor is a must.
Even for people who smoke, respiratory symptoms are not normal or inevitable – and they could be a sign of a condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Spring can be a difficult time for people living with asthma and COPD. Read these 5 tips on improving your well-being during spring.
Being diagnosed with COPD marked a pivotal transformation in Jaana Koponen’s life. She shares the story of how exercise has slowed down the progression of her symptoms.
When you're out of breath or need relief for stress or anxiety, try this breathing exercise.
On 17 November 2021, World COPD Day, with its theme “Healthy lungs – never more important” will aim to help boost global awareness of the condition, to share the latest knowledge about this debilitating disease, and to discuss the various ways that can help to reduce the negative impact of COPD worldwide.
There are many treatment options and lifestyle choices that can help keep COPD symptoms in check. However, unexpected flare-ups can happen. Read on for some important tips on what to look out for and how to respond if changes in symptoms cause concern.
If you smoke and receive a diagnosis of COPD, one of the first things your doctor may advise is to put down your cigarettes. Quitting is possible and it is the single best thing you can do for your lungs.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive disease for which there is no cure. However, the disease may be managed with the right treatment. In November 2020, the pharmaceutical company Orion Pharma commissioned a survey to find out what level of knowledge exists among ordinary people in Finland, Germany and Spain (N=1,000 for each country) concerning the symptoms and treatment of COPD.
Make your next holiday symptom-free and focus all your attention and energy on the call to adventure.
Here are some tips for not letting asthma get in the way of your love life.
Here are a few useful tips to help you power through the cold and flu season.
Dr. Daniela Figueiredo gives advice on how to support your loved one with COPD and yourself.
Studies show that exercise can help people with COPD. The key is to go slow and steady.
Read these steps towards effective COPD treatment.