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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

  • Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage

    TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Two sisters in high school have developed ways to measure lung and heart damage. Ilina and Medha Krishen use electronic stethoscopes, which electronically amplify body sounds, to listen for sounds of trouble in breathing patterns or heartbeats. Ilina, a senior at Port Huron Northern High School in Michigan, wanted to [...]

  • Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant

    TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children of mothers exposed to high levels of traffic air pollution during pregnancy may be at increased risk for lung damage, according to a new study. Researchers tested the lung function of 620 children in Spain when they were 4 years old. Their mothers’ exposure to the traffic air [...]

  • Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Unneeded Antibiotics in the Afternoon

    Doctors are more likely to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics for respiratory infections as the day progresses, a new study finds.

  • Fetal Exposure to Plastics Chemical Tied to Breathing Ills in Kids

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exposure in pregnancy to a chemical commonly found in plastics and cans — known as bisphenol A, or BPA — may increase a child’s risk of breathing problems, researchers say. In a study of nearly 400 pregnant women and their children, researchers found that each 10-fold [...]

  • 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 [...]

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