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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

  • Job Worries Can Raise Asthma Risk, Study Says

    TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fear of losing your job can increase the risk for developing asthma, according to a new European study. The study involved more than 7,000 employed adults in Germany. Between 2009 and 2011, during the economic downturn in Europe, the workers answered questions about the respiratory disorder and also on [...]

  • Health Woes to Worsen Due to Climate Change, Study Warns

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Coupled with worldwide marches demanding action on climate change, a new study warns that rising temperatures and altered weather patterns in the United States may soon exacerbate many existing health risks. Heat stroke, cardiac arrest and other heat-related illnesses are expected to increase as the number [...]

  • Combo Therapy Best for COPD: Study

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A combination drug therapy aimed at opening the airways and reducing inflammation appears to be the best treatment for older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), especially those with asthma, a new study finds. COPD patients who received a combination of long-acting beta agonists [...]

  • Tear Gas Health Effects May Last Weeks

    THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Tear gas can cause health problems that may last for weeks, and can also impact a wider area than targeted, two new studies find. In one study, Turkish researchers surveyed 546 people in Turkey who inhaled tear gas during public protests in June 2013. They found that 80 percent [...]

  • Seals, Sea Lions Helped Global Spread of TB, Study Finds

    New research reveals that, long ago, sea mammals may have played a role in the global spread of the infectious disease known as tuberculosis.

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