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Living With COPD

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12 Must-Know Facts About COPD

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Shortness of breath can be a sign of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung condition that an estimated 12 million Americans may have without knowing it. Even if you have heard of COPD, here are some surprising facts you may not know.   View slideshow

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10 U.S. Cities With the Cleanest Air

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Here are the 10 U.S. cities with the cleanest air, according to the American Lung Association’s annual report, which looks at levels of ozone and particulates (tiny particles that can get lodged in your lungs).   View slideshow

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The Healthiest Vacuum Cleaners for Your Home

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The right vacuum can do wonders for your allergies, asthma or COPD. The wrong one can wreak havoc. We tested HEPA-filtration models to come up with the best for your every need.   View slideshow

MY STORY

I Was Diagnosed With COPD at 42

She weighs the risks and benefits of each medication
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Alice Dunkley, 64, lives in Bakers Mills, N.Y. Diagnosed with COPD at age 42, she found out she had a rare gene mutation that increases COPD risk. Since then she’s used many different types of COPD drugs, some with more side effects than others. She now takes 17 pills a day to treat the side effects of her long-term use of COPD medications, such as bone-thinning due to corticosteroid use. However, she’s still willing to try new medications and weighs the risks and benefits each time.  Read More

MY STORY

I Manage COPD With a Transtracheal Oxygen Device

It’s easy to use and he's happy he switched
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Mike McBride, 57, lives in Arvada, Colo. Diagnosed with COPD in 2005, he now needs oxygen daily and even higher amounts when he’s exercising. He wasn’t happy with wearing a tube in his nose every day, so he opted for a transtracheal device. It delivers oxygen via an opening in his throat, and he’s glad he switched delivery methods.   Read More

MY STORY

I Fought COPD With Pulmonary Rehab and a Lung Transplant

Olson saw pulmonary rehabilitation perform "miracles"
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Emil Olson, age 62, lives in Sweet Ridge, Colo. Diagnosed with COPD in 2003, his symptoms were so severe his doctor said he'd probably never be able to walk more than a block again. He actively pursued a lung transplant, but didn't qualify because he couldn't walk six minutes. With the help of pulmonary rehabilitation, he greatly increased his walking ability and had a lung transplant. He now takes antirejection medication and can walk a mile a day or more.  Read More

MY STORY

I'm a Nonsmoker, But I Have Emphysema Due to a Rare Genetic Condition

AAT deficiency is so rare, doctors may miss it
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Despite frequent bouts of pneumonia, the COPD didn’t come up again until I went to see an allergist at age 55. The allergist found it strange that my X-ray showed signs of emphysema even though I’d never smoked. He wanted to screen me for a rare genetic condition. The blood test showed I have alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency. That was undoubtedly the explanation for my severe COPD.  Read More

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12 Best COPD Blogs and Websites

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If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic lung condition that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, you probably have more than a few questions.   View slideshow

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8 Breathing Tips for People With COPD

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These eight healthy habits, from eating right to exercising, can help you breathe easier if you have COPD.   View slideshow

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15 COPD Healthy Eating Tips

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If you have trouble breathing, daily activities—even eating a meal—can be a challenge. Follow these 15 healthy eating tips for people with COPD.   View slideshow

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Celebrities With the Lung Disease COPD

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COPD is not a glamorous disease. And yet, over the years, celebrities who have suffered from COPD have, through their fame, brought greater awareness to this serious and life-threatening disease.   View slideshow


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Do I Need a Pneumonia Vaccine?

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Dr. Schachter discusses whether you should get a pneumonia vaccine.  Read More

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Why Air Pollution is Harmful for People With COPD

Dr. Whiteson discusses how air quality can affect your COPD.  Read More

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What Kind of Air Filter is Best for People With CODP?

Dr. Schachter discusses whether you should invest in an air filter.  Read More

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Why Flu Shots Are So Important if You Have COPD

Dr. Whiteson discusses how to prevent the cold and flu.  Read More

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