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COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes two lung conditions—chronic bronchitis and emphysema. More than 12 million people in the United States have COPD (and COPD is the fourth leading cause of death), but another 12 million have COPD without knowing it.

COPD Journey

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COPD symptoms are sometimes dismissed as a 'smoker's cough.' (About 50% to 90% of COPD cases are thought to be due to smoking.) The more you know about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of COPD, the better your chances of preventing COPD.

COPD News

  • COPD Takes Big Toll on Employment, Mobility in U.S.

    THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The respiratory illness known as COPD takes a toll on mobility and employment, with a new report finding that nearly one-quarter of Americans with the condition are unable to work. People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder — a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema often tied to smoking — [...]

  • Pneumonia in Early Childhood Tied to Higher Odds of Asthma

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children who contract pneumonia during the first three years of life appear to face a higher risk of developing asthma, new research suggests. These findings raise concern that early childhood respiratory problems may have an enduring and negative impact on growing lungs. “This supports the idea that [...]

  • Decrease in Air Pollution Tied to Healthier Lungs in Children

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children in southern California may be breathing easier these days compared with the 1990s, thanks to a big reduction in air pollution, a new study suggests. Researchers found that as air quality improved in five Los Angeles-area communities over two decades, so did children’s lung development. Experts [...]

  • Common Class of Drugs May Be Linked to Pneumonia Risk

    TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Drugs used to treat a wide range of health problems may be associated with an increased risk of pneumonia, a new study suggests. Anticholinergic medications include those used for conditions such as allergies (for example, Benadryl), overactive bladder (including Ditropan), depression (for example, doxepin) and insomnia (Sominex, etc.). “Our [...]

  • Viruses Increasingly Behind Child Pneumonia Cases

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Young children are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill with pneumonia — but unlike in years past, the cause is usually a respiratory virus, a large U.S. study finds. The researchers found that 66 percent of pneumonia cases in the more than 2,000 children in [...]

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