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 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 [...]
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 [...]
New research reveals that, long ago, sea mammals may have played a role in the global spread of the infectious disease known as tuberculosis.
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An experimental drug shows promise in treating respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading cause of pneumonia in infants, researchers report. “We are finally making major progress in being able to treat human RSV infections — the world’s second leading cause of serious viral pneumonia, second only [...]
By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although it’s extremely rare, colds, flu and other minor infections might trigger a strong but brief period of elevated risk for stroke in children, a new study suggests. Just five out of 100,000 children a year have a stroke in the United States, said [...]