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Hospital hopes new center will make better breathers
Hi-Desert Star

Morongo Basin patients with COPD no longer have to travel down the hill for therapy. A new Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center opened this week at the Hi-Desert Medical Center, with exercise equipment designed to help them improve their lung functions and get more out of life.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease covers a wide range of ailments that include emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, bronchitis and asthma. Some of these diseases are a result of cigarette smoking, and the rehab clinic is open to former smokers with COPD who have kicked the habit.