Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes two lung conditionschronic 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.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseCOPD 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.
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 5 (HealthDay News) — Although measles has been virtually eliminated in the United States, outbreaks still occur here. And they’re usually triggered by people infected abroad, in countries where widespread vaccination doesn’t exist, federal health officials said Thursday. And while it’s been 50 years since the introduction of the measles vaccine, [...]
THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) — People with asthma face special risks from influenza, and a new report suggests far too few American asthma patients receive the seasonal flu shot. “Asthmatics are at increased risk for complications from the flu,” said one expert, Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in [...]
FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Giving steroid injections to pregnant women before premature birth may increase the child’s risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral and emotional disorders, a small study suggests. Pregnant women who are expected to give birth prematurely often receive glucocorticoids, which mimic the natural hormone cortisol. This treatment is [...]
TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Beak, snout, schnozz: However you refer to them, men’s noses are typically bigger than women’s. Now, new research may help explain why. Men’s noses are an average of 10 percent bigger than women’s noses due to differences in their physical builds and energy demands, researchers report. The investigators tracked the [...]
FRIDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) — It’s widely known that women find it harder to breathe during exercise than men of a similar age — even among those with heart and lung disease. And now researchers say they’ve discovered why. A new study says women have more severe shortness of breath than men during exercise due [...]