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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Racing sensation Danica Patrick is best known as the fourth woman in history to race in the Indianapolis 500. But what most people don't know is the tragedy she and her family faced when she lost her grandmother to COPD, a disease of the lungs that makes it increasingly hard to breathe normally. E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork demonstrates how COPD affects the body and explains that it's the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S.

"My grandma had COPD and passed away in her late 60s. By the end, she was in a wheelchair, and I couldn't even talk to her, which is a true state of suffering," Danica says. "The effects of the disease are slow, progressive and can be written off as getting old."

Danica has made it her mission to raise awareness of the disease and started the DRIVE4COPD campaign with the goal of getting 1 million people screened within one year. Take the five-question COPD screener to see if you're at risk.

Danica takes ibuprofen about 100 days per year and asks The Doctors, "Is it safe?"





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Tire Safety Tips
Host of TLC's Overhaulin'
Adrienne Janic, shares the top five tire tips for keeping you and your family safe on the road.

Check Tire Pressure at least Once a Month
Underinflated tires make your car less gas efficient and harder to handle, while overinflated tires can cause tire failure. If you're not sure what the pressure should be, check your driver's side doorframe or look in the glove box for the pound per square inch (PSI) number and make sure all four wheels are on target.
2. Check Tires for Wear and Damage
Try the coin test! Take a quarter and put it in the tread crevice on several areas of your tire. If you can see all of George Washington's head, your tread is running low, and it's time for a tire replacement. Be sure to also look for cracks, bulges and mesh wearing through the tire, as well as foreign objects like nails, glass and rocks. If you find anything that doesn't belong, have your car checked by a mechanic.

The Doctors and USA Weekend

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3. Rotate Your Tires
Tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles, or per your owner's manual to get the best life out of your tires.
4. Keep Your Wheels Aligned and Balanced
Improper alignment can cause a "thumping" feeling while driving, making your ride uncomfortable and causing uneven tread wear on the tires and other parts of your car. Going over a pothole or hitting a curb can throw off your car's balance and alignment, so it's important to drive cautiously to preserve the life of your wheels.
5. Don't be Intimidated by Your Car
Knowing enough about how to keep you and your family safe is crucial for times when there's no one there to help.


Banish Scars for Good

Scarring is a fact of life that we have to live with — until now. A new technology has finally made it possible to erase unsightly scars once and for all!

Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon and dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban demonstrate the new VBeam treatment, a vascular laser that targets a scar's blood vessels to remove red pigmentation and stop collagen production to flatten the tissue.

Low-fat Chocolate Milk: The New Sports Drink

To refuel your body after a workout, try drinking a glass of low-fat chocolate milk. This beverage has what most sports drinks lack: Protein, vitamin D and vitamin B, as well as carbohydrates and electrolytes to help energize and replenish your body after an intense session of exercise.

Dr. Travis advises that when starting a new, rigorous workout, make sure to hydrate and refuel your body within 30 to 60 minutes.

• Why you should drink more milk!

It's all about Balance

Are balance bracelets just a gimmick? The Doctors and balance specialist Peggy Roller put them to the test.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains why we feel dizzy after spinning around and around.




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OAD 5/13/11