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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

  • Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD Patients

    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A group of widely used sedatives increases the risk of serious breathing problems in older people with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study says. Benzodiazepines such as lorazepam (Ativan) or alprazolam (Xanax) are commonly prescribed to treat insomnia and anxiety, the study author [...]

  • Placing Donor Windpipe First in Patient’s Arm Helps With Transplant

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors in Belgium say they’ve successfully transplanted windpipes in six patients by first placing donor tissue in the patients’ arms. “This discovery expands the surgical possibilities for people struggling with difficult-to-repair airway defects,” said Dr. Pierre Delaere, of the department of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at [...]

  • Nonwhites Exposed to More Air Pollution: Study

    TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Nonwhite Americans are exposed to 38 percent higher levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution than whites, a new study shows. Nitrogen dioxide comes from sources such as power plants and car exhausts, and this type of air pollution is associated with asthma and heart disease, the researchers said. They [...]

  • Exercise May Curtail COPD Complications

    WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exercise might help reduce the risk of hospital readmission in people with a progressive lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds. “Our findings suggest that regular physical activity could buffer the stresses of hospitalization,” said study author Huong Nguyen, of the Kaiser Permanente [...]

  • Muscle Weakness May Persist for Months After ICU Stay

    MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A stay in an intensive care unit can lead to muscle weakness that continues to cause significant physical limitations for up to two years later, according to a new study. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine looked at 222 patients who were in 13 ICUs at [...]

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